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"Doyle artfully animates a large and diverse cast of fantasy and real-life characters....[He] juggles an eclectic and other-worldly ensemble, never letting anything hit the ground." (Publishers Weekly)
"Doyle's use of onomatopoeia through the numerous battle sequences guarantee that listeners of all ages will enjoy this first in what promises to be a wild and wondrous trilogy." (AudioFile)
Nerdy, fantasy, mystery, romance, and sci-fi bookworm!
This is probably the best Alice in Wonderland spin I have ever read. Beats out the movie and the long drawn out sequels in a heart beat. This book isn't for Toddlers, it is definitely for a more mature audience. It adds the reality of what power struggles and war can do to a world, a people, even in a place as whimsical as wonderland. I reccomend to young and old alike, it is a great book.
I loved how the author could start with a simple story (Allison in Wonderland) and build a whole new universe and back-story about it. This was well thought out, and the writing well done.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
The re-invention of the story was very well done.
Can't think of anything.
It made me want to read the original Alice in Wonderland.
Really interesting spin on Alice in Wonderland. Very imaginative.
Dodge, he stayed and fought even though everything was seemingly taken away from him. Granted he did tread a bit close to the deep end.
He did a great job on all the characters
Forget what you knew about Wonderland
This book was fun and gripping, highly enjoyed it. However, I am currently listening to the second in the series, "Seeing Redd" and it's horrid. LGW was fun, interesting and enthralling, the 2nd so far is dark, dark, dark and the protagonist's story is the least compelling while the villain’s are the most, when it was the protagonist (Alyce) whom one grew to care about in the first. If it were a library book I'd return it. If it were a bookstore book I'd return it. I don't know the return policy at Audible, but I'm looking in to it for #2. So if you like, read #1, it's awesome, and wikipedia the other books to find out what happens without polluting your brain.
I liked this quite a bit. But I think it should have been told by a woman narrator since it is about a woman coming into her own power.
There are some pretty gross scenes, that need to be in there, so be careful when playing around more sensitive listeners.
I am looking forward to starting the next book!
Intended for younger teens, it is still a fun time for adults...a clever take on Alice in Wonderland.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
The story is good, but if you enjoy the original Alice books it might make your cringe a bit. The book has a story and is in many ways much clear then the original. It takes a moment or two to see how the author changed the original characters. But the saddness thing is that if it wasn't cast in the shadow of Alice in Wonderland it would be a wonderful story. It feel like Alice is an aid that the author no longer need but is still holding on to for no good reason. It's enjoyable just not much like the original wonderland.
Good twist on an old story. Very interesting how he brings the classic in.
This is book one of three, I am definitly going to read the other two.
I was a little reluctant to select this book due to the altered perspective of the original story. Being as it may the story has more of a base of the Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton film but it is written in such a way that you grow to have sympathy for the characters and are completely drawn in! I couldn't wait to hear what happened to dear Wonderland under the tyrannical rule of the Red Queen and if Alice found her way back home. The reading by Mr. Gerald Doyle, is exquisite and has few minimal sound effects to enhance the reading experience. But most amusing was when Mr. Doyle performs the sound effects verbally! It really made the story a true joy. This is an excellent book for all ages (young and old). I highly recommend this and I will definitely proceed to the next in the series.
"Good ideas worth listening to"
This audio book is entertaining and has some very nice twists upon the setting. It does sometimes feel like it was written for the young teenage audience, especially during the first few chapters but the style develops as Alice grows older and becomes much more engaging. There are also some very fun supporting characters. Definitely worth a listen and sticking with it.
Yes, I've recommended this series to everyone, great book whether audio or paper.
When Alyss loses Hatter in the Crystal Continuum when they're trying to escape before the start of the War. The panic she feels as she jumps into puddles trying to get back is really believable.
Also the Caterpillars with thick Liverpool accents were an amazing touch.
The fight scenes, very dynamic and exciting - I'm more interested adventure/romance than fighting in books so me saying this really is an achievement. Everything in this book is well written but the combat is really great.
I read this book when I was much younger and decided to buy this audiobook to re-live the experience.
I'm glad I did, it's actually better in audio!
The narration is really vibrant and entertaining, adding to the story massively.
Highly recommend this series, they're great fun.
"Looking glass luxury!"
I read this book and was amazed by the captivating and developed plot ensuring the reader to experience the book as reality along the way. I loved the narrator, he put real effort into his voice and characterised it well, not like the monotones some audiobooks are like. I was really pleased with my purchase, it was my first on audible and has inspired me to purchase the rest in the series! Enjoy!
"a great book"
this is a astounding 'history' of a vicious and cruel civil war in a story world thought to be known so well, by so many. anyone with an imagination will be drawn in immediately.
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