The first book in a new young adult line that asks listeners: What if classic Disney fairy tales had happened a little bit differently?
When Jafar steals the genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A "street rat" becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And listeners will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
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With 1/4 the book a nearly word for word retelling of the story, minus musical numbers, it left you twiddling your thumbs. When the Point of Divergence hits the Butterfly Effect is quick and effective.
The writer totally blows off one character giving no real reason, than claiming oh, I killed it off... It was pointless and lazy. The other character that makes a brief appearance and is killed off gave us nothing... You gave me no reason to care when it got injured, when it was tortured, and used to just be a add-on to some minions... You can't play on the feelings I have for it from the movie writer... This book gave me no reason to care.
The story needed a lot of Original Characters to keep the plot rolling which is fine, but some were good, some were unimaginative. A rule in alternate story writing should be, Original Characters should not be the ones making story altering decision, and actions. The writer broke this rule big time at the end and made me simply scratch my head saying, wait I thought this story was about Aladdin.
For a Young Adult book it was fine. Disney played it safe really when they picked the writer and story style. The second book in the Twisted Tales Series, Once Upon a Dream, does take a character Aurora one who really doesn't have a part in her own movie and really tackles her life Inception Style... It is better then this book, but has plenty of its own issues.
I have to start out by saying Aladdin is my favorite Disney movie of all time. When my friend bought me this book for my birthday, I was suspicious. Would I like a retelling? Or is the magic I love so much in the Disney story be lost among a new storyline?
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!!! This book was fantastic! The first bit was basically word for word of the movie but once Aladdin hits the Cave of Wonders, that's when the new storyline begins. The author does an incredible job at bringing a whole new magic to the story of Aladdin. I loved the new characters and the backstory she gave Aladdin & Genie, and the new character development she added to characters. Jasmine is a total badass. Aladdin is no longer a guilty liar. Readers get to see the madness of Jafar.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves Aladdin or readers who enjoy novels of impoverished rebellion. This was so much better than I ever expected it to be. I don't usually reread books (because there are so many I want to read) but his book I will probably reread in a few years.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
to be honest I was kind of reluctant to read this book after I saw so many low ratings on it .. but I decided to see my views on it since I like Aladdin so much .. and I'm so glad that I did .. the story was well written and it gave so much depth to the story to each of our beloved characters especially Genie .. oh man I love this guy and he was even more adorable in this book
the narrator did a very good job narrating the characters but he might need some improvements .. but good job overall I liked the book and enjoyed it so much :)
the narrator was very good . extremely easy to understand and had some good choices for the voices.
the storyline followed the original very nicely and was well thought out.
I was hoping for a different ending however, it is refreshing from time to time to have the unexpected occur. overall I enjoyed the book, but I do not think I would read it again.
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