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I own the book and like to listen to the audio in between, sometimes with.
Marin's reading on this is excellent.
Completely engrossing experience.
The story is a masterpiece. Would you expect any less?
Hopefully this opens up more doors to the talent that is Owen King.
Do yourself a favour and go buy this epic tale.
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Ever since I read The Stand I've wanted Stephen King to deliver those kind of epic scale, huge cast adventures. He's done it a few times since, most recently with Under the Dome and now he and his son Owen have delivered another one with Sleeping Beauties.
It's not quite the same of course. It does deliver all the pillars of King's writing such as the creepy side, the very relatively ordinary people and how their twisted depths suffuse the story. It does also include scenes that will make you wince as well as considerable violence and gore.
However, it has a slightly more literary feel and some tender and touching moments. The scene where one of the women finally loses her battle against sleep is particularly touching. That basic premise of that mysterious illness that causes women to fall asleep and go "somewhere else" signals an exploration of what femininity and masculinity really mean. Could either work without the other? The Kings deliver their verdict.
The narration for a book this length is always going to be extremely important. You could, if you want to pick faults with Marin Ireland's performance. Sometimes her adult characters sounded a bit too like children to me especially when under stress. There were also occasions when male voices seemed to almost change gender. However, the Kings set her an immense test with everything from male Judges and doctors to rough, hard-bitten prison in-mates plus children and of all things rats and a fox! I'd challenge any narrator to do a much better job of that lot. The conversation between the two Kings was interesting including a fascinating insight into King the elder's love of Audiobooks and the surprising lengths he went to with his sons to listen to them! I would have liked a bit more than we got but what there was I enjoyed.
So, Sleeping Beauties may not quite be The Stand but it certainly does stand comparison to it. I wasn't quite convinced about some of the gender politics it contains but as a story it's a genuine beauty.
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