The best part of Alice I Have Been was the performance. Samantha Eggar added depth where there wasn't much to begin with. Her performance was probably the only reason I finished this book.
I had wanted to listen to Melanie Benjamin's other book, but I'm hesitant now. She took such a good idea with Alice I Have Been and really flailed with it. I don't think I'll spend any money on another of her books.
Alice I Have Been reads like a Wikipedia entry told in the first person. There is little to no depth here. A follow up book would probably be more of the same. I'd say to skip it.
I was very disappointing by this book. I had been looking forward to it for a long time and was sorely let down.
Alert reader Karen
Sad. Strange. Intense.
Definitely poor little Alice. What a bizarre world she lived in. You just root for her to finally find happiness.
The characters really came to life with her reading. The creepy people were creepier for sure.
I am so bad at this. Let's see. "See where the rabbit hole REALLY took Alice."
Not as good as Mrs. Thumb, but still so great, especially if you love Alice In Wonderland.
....The narrator, Samantha Eggar, was perfect for the story. It's sad what happens to Alice Liddell in the things that occur to make the Alice in Wonderland story come about and her life is very unhappy and sad because of these situations.
She is a darling and precocious little girl.....full of life and struggles with the restrictions of being a proper Victorian girl. She befriends a man 20 years older than her, Mr. Dodson aka Lewis Carroll, and she ends up with a HUGE little girl crush on him. A certain event happens during this time that is never fully divulged until the very end of the book. While this was VERY frustrating, at times, because there was so much going on with Alice as she aged and the repercussions of this event caused her much grief.....and the author would NEVER let you know exactly what happened.....only bits and pieces. On the other hand.....the novel could not have been what it is without keeping the event vague until the very end. One of those "OH....now I really see why all this happened the way it did" moments that is actually quite fulfilling when reading a great story.
This is not a happy, light novel and there were several times where I was just so heartbroken for Alice......but there is hope in the fact that she does come to find happiness at the end of her life....it just takes her a long time to realize what she really had during her lifetime and how she didn't appreciate it when she did have it.....which I think we all do during periods of our lives.
All in all......I really did enjoy this novel and I think the one thing I got from it was that you should be careful for what you wish for because it might not be what you really need or want for you to live your life the way you want to or hope to.
I didn't know what to expect but it took me a long time to get past the creepiness factor. This seemed more like the makings for an episode of Law and Order SVU than a book based on a children's story. It took a while to get past the fact that at points this is a love story between a 7 year old and a 25 year old. While the author is not condoning this dynamic, and it is critical to the story, its still a little strange.
Intense, passionate, coming-of-age.
There are several, and that's why I have used the word "passionate" when answering the previous question. There are two very intense and memorable moments in the first part when she was with Lewis Carol: the moment when the beggar/gypsy photograph was taken, and the moment at the train that caused the breaking between them. Memorable moments during her romance with prince Leopold are many. Finally, when she is notified that 2 of her sons were killed in WWI, is two memorable moments very intense. If the listener has children, they will understand how intense and passionate they are.
No, but this performance is outstanding and coveys the main character's strength and passion in a superlative manner. I really loved her performance.
the book actually very long and I would not rather listen to it in one sitting--which I think would be the equivalent of a page turner. I would not listen to it in one sitting because it's long, or not because it's not a page turner, but because there are so many passions in the book that it rather needs to be digested by the listener's both heart and mind, something that cannot be done in one sitting.
This is not a biography and some passages are not true at all, or at least there is much speculation around them and there is no evidence that they might have taken place as Melanie Benjamin tells them. Also, it's impossible to tell now what did the real Alice though of all what it's exposed. That said, I feel this novel is much like Price and Prejudice: the account of the life of a woman with a strong capacity to feel and who was able to transmit strong emotions to those around her. Plus, it is also an interesting account of the XIX century life. Whether this is an accurate story of the true Alice is not important any more. Alice's voice is powerful and passionate, and that shakes the listener. There's a coming of age in the story. Interestingly, it doesn't happen when Alice is young, like at the end of almost every YA novel, but at her old age. That detail closes the book in a powerful way and leaves the reader a satisfactory taste of a life well lived. Listen to Alice I Have Been, You will enjoy it.
Difficult to say. Though I think the performance was stellar.
Dodson. Did not realize that CS Lewis was a pen name.
The ballroom dance with Leopold.
We're not in Wonderland....any more.
This is a really good book. There were times i liked and disliked Alice and her family. Especially calling the servants MaryAnn. But this was typical of the time and we forget how the English looked down on everyone including the Americans. I really enjoyed this book it is a good read!
I downloaded this eagerly, after devouring The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by the same author. I think I expected too much of Alice and her life. I had to make myself sit through this book, and now that I'm only an hour away from the finish, I can't imagine anything that is going to happen to redeem it. It's just very...average. If the book wasn't about the woman who was the model for Alice in Wonderland, it would be a very average book about a woman during those times. I found myself rolling my eyes several times during the course of this novel.
Once the main character grows out of childhood, which is the first 1/4 of the book, it falls flat. Go with Mrs. Tom Thumb instead...riveting throughout!
Yeah, this one was just oh-kay for me. I did finish it but it was somewhat of a struggle. It was dreary all the way through with no bright points or even happy parts to speak of, waste of time if you ask me. Sad really because I had high hopes for it. Don't waste your credit.
I have to admit I've stopped reading. The interpretation/fictionalisation of Alice Liddell's relationship with Charles Dodgson is, as far as I've gone, intriguingly handled, not at all salacious, but the prose could do with some help. In particular, Alice too often doesn't speak in the kind of language that would have been used in mid-Victorian England. I stopped soon after Alice recalls a clapboard railway station. Too many good listens through Audible to bother with the second rate.