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Publisher's Summary

An erotic novel of discipline, love, and surrender for the enjoyment of men and women. This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village", as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard. And once again Rice's fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.
Don't miss any of the books in Anne Rice's Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty.
©1984 Anne Rice (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 08-22-04

Bad and Good

No one can argue with the power of this material and the excellent writing of Miss Rice, writing as A N Roquelaure. I've read all three novels in book form and found them a very enticing retelling of a familiar fairytale. But, somewhat like the main character, Beauty, this audio book varies between being good and being very, very bad. There are two narrators, one for the third person chapters dealing with Beauty and one for the first person chapters dealing with Prince Tristan. The female narrator is quite accomplished, and manages to give the steamy material the proper inflection and passion. The male narrator is just awful and I really wonder why on earth he was even asked to do the book, since this sort of reading is so painfully out of his range. If the woman had been reading the whole book I would have given this a 5 out of 5.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany on 03-04-11

Great book when I read it...

Why does audible still have abridged fiction books? I wouldn't buy a book from a store missing pages, so, why would I buy audiobooks missing parts of the story? This is a rip-off. I did waste a credit on this story because it had been a long time since I had read the actual book and wanted to hear it again and missed the abridged label. I want my credit back. The narrator for this book is terrible. This is a book of erotica, yet the narrator reads the book like she is rushing through a comedy. The beauty of the words were lost in the narrator's shrill, gasping, rushed voice. What a nightmare to listen to. I was particularly annoyed with her vocal pantomime of what she thought was a sexy voice which reminded me of a bad strip club radio commercial. This is a book of erotica. If you are uptight and prudish (and boring) skip this book, it's not for you. If you are sophisticated and want erotica at it's best read this trilogy. I would love to hear this audiobook re-released, unabridged with a great reader who will take the time to slowly weave the story so that we, the listeners have time to fully appreciate the exquisitenesss of Ann's writing.

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