The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne Rice
Narrator: Samantha Prescott
Genres: Romance, Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: November 2015
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
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From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. 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 Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.

Reviews (6)

Written by Julie H. on October 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If you want erotica, don't buy this book. If you're into sadism, violence, pain and degradation, this might be for you. After taking a few pages to establish the premise, there is literally violence on every page thereafter. The dialogue is nonsensical and extremely repetitious. There is no plot to speak of. The actual sex scenes are few and far between and most of them feature violence. Above all, the book is boring.

So Much Love

Written by Shantelle S on March 30th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved reading this book, and loved listening to the audio book almost as much.

Written by Sara Velasquez on September 3rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book very much!!! I couldn't stop listening:) two thumbs up!!!'

Written by Cheryl Current on May 8th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Certainly not erotica, more about spanking and punishment. I couldn't finish this book

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Written by Tsuzuki on August 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

"The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" was the first erotic novel I ever read and enjoyed. So far, I have yet to come across a title that holds a candle to this series. If you like to read about bondage, S&M or just sex in general this book is captivating. It brings the reader into a world totally immersed in sexual energy, cover to cover and at the same time, you come to feel for and empathize with Beauty in her plight.


Written by fredric2 on July 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

A load of spanking rubbish. Sleeping Beauty is a lovely faery tale. It would have been best left alone.

Author Details

Author Details

Rice, Anne

Born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Named after her father, Anne changed her first name in 1947 on her first day of school. She studied at Texas Women's University (1959Ð60), San Francisco State College (1964 BA; 1971 MA), and at the University of California, Berkeley (1969Ð70). After a variety of jobs, including waitress, cook, and insurance claims examiner, she began her career as a writer of erotica and vampire novels.

Rice gained a vast cult readership for her supernatural novels. Her first, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976. The book was the first in her popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Interview with the Vampire was made into a film in 1996 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Rice was also known for her sadomasochistic erotica, including Beauty's Punishment (1984). Later novels include Servant of the Bones (1996) and Vittorio the Vampire (1999). She also writes mainstream fiction using the pen name of Anne Rampling.

Much to the chagrin of her fans, Rice renounced her vampire novels after her return to the Catholic faith in 1998. It was then that she published Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, her first novel in a trilogy chronicling the life of Jesus. She has since left New Orleans to live in Southern California in an effort to escape her fame as a novelist and live a simpler life.

Rice was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Their daughter, Michele, was born in 1966 and died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of five. Their son, Christopher, was born in 1978 and is a novelist.

Roquelaure, A.N.

Anne Rice is the author of many bestselling books, and is perhaps best known for her incredibly successful "Vampire Chronicles."