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The Looking Glass Wars | [Frank Beddor]

The Looking Glass Wars

The "true story" behind Alice in Wonderland! Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss' mother ("Off with her head!" she cries) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist. Alyss escapes and is exiled to another world entirely, Victorian London. At age 20, she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd, reclaim the throne, and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.
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Publisher's Summary

The "true story" behind Alice in Wonderland! Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss' mother ("Off with her head!" she cries!) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist. Alyss escapes from Wonderland and is exiled to another world entirely, Victorian London, where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice, and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20, she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd, reclaim the throne, and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.

©2006 Frank Beddor; (P)2006 Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved. SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jessica Talbot 07-22-09 Member Since 2012

    Nerdy, fantasy, mystery, romance, and sci-fi bookworm!

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    "New Twist on Favorite Story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy B. Upstate NY 06-12-08
    Jeremy B. Upstate NY 06-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story telling!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "A great take on a classic story."
    What did you like best about The Looking Glass Wars? What did you like least?

    The re-invention of the story was very well done.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Can't think of anything.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did The Looking Glass Wars inspire you to do anything?

    It made me want to read the original Alice in Wonderland.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie United States 01-09-12
    Jamie United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"
    Would you listen to The Looking Glass Wars again? Why?

    Really interesting spin on Alice in Wonderland. Very imaginative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    He did a great job on all the characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forget what you knew about Wonderland


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Yorba Linda, CA, USA 04-30-10
    Shane Yorba Linda, CA, USA 04-30-10
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    "Gripping! Loved it!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle summers 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    The book was excellent the performance was a little lacking but better than the old erosions of audio books.

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    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 05-16-15
    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 05-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but really dark"

    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!

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    BR FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, United States 07-03-12
    BR FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun listen"
    Any additional comments?

    Intended for younger teens, it is still a fun time for adults...a clever take on Alice in Wonderland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 04-30-12
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 04-30-12 Member Since 2008

    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. :)

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    "If it wasn't such a classic"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-19-12
    Robert PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good twist on an old story. Very interesting how he brings the classic in.


    What other book might you compare The Looking Glass Wars to and why?

    This is book one of three, I am definitly going to read the other two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    4/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captn_Smuggins
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I've recommended this series to everyone, great book whether audio or paper.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Looking Glass Wars?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • R
    12/29/14
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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