From the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic.
When Alice toppled down the rabbit hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?
In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings - and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll's enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice's mentioned briefly in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend but arrives a moment too late - and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.
Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.
©2015 Gregory Maguire (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
"Kellgren does impressive work, animating each peculiar voice to differentiate and entertain.... She's an exquisite example of a narrator who uses all her strengths and who isn't afraid of being expressive and dramatic." (AudioFile)
I am normally a Gregory Maguire fan, but this book was a waste of time. I kept waiting for something to happen that would differentiate it from any of the original Alice story, or for anything substantial to happen at all. He just implanted another character that followed the same path as Alice. The side story did nothing to pick up the pace of this one. My least favorite of Maguire's works.
I was not expecting this to be so heavy to listen to. It was a chore and not a treat. The narrators had erratic volumes to the point where some of them hurt my ears they were so loud compared to others. I didn't enjoy this one.
This book was such a mess I couldn't follow the story. I finally gave up and didn't finish....that is a first since joining audible.
I have loved all of the books in the Wicked series and along with Mirror Mirror. I wish I had bought Confessions of an Ugly Stepdaughter instead of this book. It was extremely difficult to find a story amongst all the words in this book. Normally I enjoy the wordsmith abilities of Gregory Maguire but normally there is an intricate storyline being weaved with all of his words. In this case it mostly just words. I'm sorry I bought this book both because it wasn't enjoyable and it tarnished my admiration of the author.
I was looking forward to this book, but as in the Disney mash-ups, the intelligent humor and language play of the original Alice books, were absent or overly blatant in this confusing, jumbled mess. This was a major disappointment. Don't bother...
This began tedious and pretentious but finally morphed into more Carroll-like and fanciful. Had I been reading instead of listening I may not have gotten through it.
Definitely not the narrator. Another book by Maguire, maybe.
I wonder. I was about to return this book, but I had already returned one last cycle, so I wonder if maybe I should stop my membership for a while. Can't find anything new I want to listen
The narrator always sounds as if she is giving an omninous declaration, the pinnacle of the text, the punch line of the story... All the time- so after you get used to it and settle your nerves (it becomes obvious nothing big is about to happen ) it becomes monotonous and hard to follow.
Hard to folllow. When the audio came to an end I was completely confused. So then, what is the story about? Do I have to rewind 48 chapters to understand? I was already annoyed by the narrator from the beginning, can't do it again
Katherine's narration was a perfect match
If you loved Alice Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland then you should love this . . .
The story line was good but it got a bit challenging to keep my focus when it strayed into investigating notions about existence of God.
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
Though written in the identical style of the original, Gregory Meguire was able to get quite an interesting idea down on paper. I did enjoy it, but my middle schoolers would not get the dry wit or humor that goes with this book. I recommend for a senior in high school, or maybe a very enlightened Middle Schooler
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