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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Samantha Prescott Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sleeping Beauty Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780062268204
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In the traditional folktale of “Sleeping Beauty,” the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind’s unconscious. Now Anne Rice’s retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty’s complete and total enslavement to him.

Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beginning with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty originally released in 1983, Rice published the erotica trilogy under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure. And let me tell you, these stories put much of today’s erotic fiction to shame with it’s super spicy heat level!”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soukyan Blackwood | 2/18/2014

    " I wanted to give it only 3 stars, but ending intrigued me and while middle often bored with overload of spanking - the beginning and the very last 5 pages or so made it worth the while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl Rogers | 2/17/2014

    " Too much humiliation for me. It felt more like a book about rape and not romance. I will not be reading the rest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelbi Baham | 2/16/2014

    " As a credit to Anne Rice, the writing was in good form. That is where my compliments to this book stop. I have not read 50 Shades of Grey and so cannot attest to the validity of the comparison noted on the cover of the book. Whether or not the two compare, this book was not fun to read at all and I found it more of a chore than a pleasure to finish. The sadomasichism I think I could have dealt with if the plot had been up to par with Anne Rice's other novels; it was not. The plot was very slow to develop over the course of the novel except when a large chunk of it spills out near the end. As for the sexual content of the novel, while some of the imagery was quite imaginative, I found the constant struggle between the prisoners and the nobles to be repetitive and exhausting. Overall, I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time with this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/9/2014

    " What makes a good book these days? Throw a bunch if sex scenes together, add a crappy plot and a weak willed girl and your all set! If I could give this book half a star, I would. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 2/9/2014

    " Okay, I figured since I have read 50 Shades and I am writing in this erotic genre, I decided to take a recommdation of a lady at the book store and read this. WELL I thought is was absolutely terrible, awful, a disaster a really bad book. I thought it would be a wonderful new twist to a childhood fairy tale. NOT!!! I can only say I was not very pleased with the story. I skipped the last half of the book because of dialogue that I did not care about,it was filled with 3 pages of a character telling of his past live's story. This is only Book 1; I will not, NOT be buying Book 2! Thank God the store let me return it. I have never read an Anne Rice book ever before, and I don't think I will ever again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lydia Robledo | 1/28/2014

    " I was disapointed. This book had cruelty and is just not my taste. I finished the book just to see if it would improve... It did not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moselle | 1/23/2014

    " Intelligently hot! Makes you think! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Sherman | 1/14/2014

    " it was way more than what I expected...I thought it too would be a grownup version of Sleeping Beauty but boy was I wrong there is so much "torture erotica" that it seems to take away any true plot or connections to any of the characters... I may continue the series just to finish it tho. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne Proctor | 1/2/2014

    " Um... What!?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hairgurl2008 | 12/26/2013

    " Really good book!! NOT FOR THE WEAK.. very sexual! It def' keeps u wanting more, no pun intended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 12/25/2013

    " I was really disappointed by this book. The things she wrote about were degrading and grotesque. My stomach was knotted the entire time and not due to anticipation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Forsythe | 12/21/2013

    " It's not for the timid. It hard core s&m fiction. I think I will cleanse my plait before I start the second one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathalie Melvin | 12/17/2013

    " There is nothing I liked about this book. Obviously I did not read the synopsis close enough. I finished it only because I paid for it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly Dalen | 12/16/2013

    " In no way am I prudish but this book is way beyond smut! No thank you! Where is the storyline?! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rana | 12/6/2013

    " Thank god this was only 200 pages as apparently I'm neither a fan of BDSM or piss-poor writing. I gave it a try as I figured Anne Rice is supposed to be a good writer. But, yeah, no. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Gott | 10/6/2013

    " Made fifty shades read like dick and Jane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 9/29/2013

    " Wow, totally not what I expected! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alina | 8/26/2013

    " too cool an indecent to describe...awesone bedtime story....if you have the imagination it will take you there "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K. Reed | 6/13/2013

    " There was a plot here, I'm sure of it. I just seemed to have missed it. Got the sex, got the basis of it, but can't seem to figure out what the plot is. Anyone? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Zakarevicis | 5/11/2013

    " Was a bit raunchy. But was an interesting read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cece (Celia) | 4/20/2013

    " Great read!!! Couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann Pareja | 2/24/2013

    " I had a hard time finishing chapter 1 alone... And everybody thought Fifty Shades of Grey is the worst book out there... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhakti Iyata | 2/23/2013

    " After having read more erotica, still one of my true favorites. Well told story with enough Anne Rice detail to bring me into the event. I have read the entire series three times and given the series as a gift many times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Corcoran Cutler | 2/21/2013

    " I had to stop reading it because it was just too much about degrading people. I really don't like to end a book without finishing it but I had to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/16/2013

    " I wouldn't have even finished this had I not paid $13 for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxey Bell | 2/16/2013

    " So flipping strange but I could not put it down - in the end I was totally mesmerized !!!! "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rice

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the author of over thirty books, including tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become part of one of the bestselling series of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as the Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. She lives in Palm Desert, California.