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  • Allison's Adventures in Underland: A Dark Reverse Harem Romance (Harem of Hearts)

  • By: C.M. Stunich
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart, Eric Rolon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Um. Um. Um. Are you reading this? If you are, I need your help. I was at a party; I was running; I fell. And get this - this is the part you'll never believe - I fell down a rabbit hole. Like Alice in those old books. Except in those books, there wasn't blood everywhere. In those books, the characters weren't all male, attractive, and interested in me.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm OBSESSED with this book

  • By Christina on 08-19-18

Underdeveloped YA Lots of Cussing Minimal Sex

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

So I don't know if there is something I'm missing here and after listening to the entire audible and am very confused by the rave reviews. I love the Alice in Wonderland story and use of this archetype but this story fell completely flat for me. I think sometimes people trying to utilize the Alice theme they just write something that isn't really fleshed out or complete, or feel anything that is nonsensical works. But in the case of this story I don't think it does. There is so little explained and no real understanding of the motivation for the character, who I don't even find to be a compelling protagonist. This is not helped by the narration which I found to be quite annoying, almost whining. The male narration was much better but he only read the dialogue of the male characters so it was rather brief.

I also don't find what I assume to be the expected sexual tension between the characters really engaging either. There are only two brief sex scenes that occur with under two hours left, and in the middle of one of those scenes the male character starts speaking in poetry. There is also a theme surrounding the two male partners that the protagonist sleeps with that they can't actually give total consent to the act as they are in some form or fashion made to be the property/belongings of the main character, which although the main character will briefly talk about her concerns about pretty quickly overlooks it. There is a lot of discussion of the males around her being nude and her looking at them but I don't think that in and of itself creates tension or makes something erotic. In fact most of the male characters come off as disinterested and purposefully combative. Traditionally in Alice in Wonderland the people she meets will not answer her directly and often talk in riddles. For a fairy tale with a little girl learning to find her own way and speak her voice that kind of dialogue works. With a story where we are supposed to have a young woman with a harem of suitors it doesn't. Dating someone who only talks in riddles and intentionally obscures what you are trying to clarifying doesn't come off as sexy but obnoxious bordering on gaslighting.

Also TRIGGER WARNING and minor spoiler, there is repeated mention throughout the book of the main character experiencing an attempted gang rape and things that happened within her family as a result of this incident. With the intense gritty details one would think it would create a certain depth to the character but again it falls flat for me as a listener, and since I don't feel with the main character these details don't have the emotional weight they normally would.

This book overall had a very Young Adult feel. Also I cuss and I don't mind cussing but there is also being lazy with your language. When the cussing is so frequent and not only doesn't add to the story but takes away from what could have been more descriptive and clarifying it started to make me cringe. This and the frequent use of the word "like" peppering sentences it was hard to get through this audible. Examples, "The ground was like so f*cking hard." "He looked like a f*cking Viking." This dialogue increased the feeling of reading something from a young teen that was less than enjoyable.

Overall this story was not my cup of tea, and I am not here to yuck anyone's yum, but was really surprised by the amount of 5 star reviews and wanted to share what wasn't working for me. This was the first story of C.M. Stunich's and also got her Pack Ebon Red to see if perhaps I like that story better, but I don't think I will be continuing with this story.

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  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

Another Win From T E Kinsey

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I continue to be delighted with each installment of the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries. I will say that these stories are particularly delightful to listen through audible as Elizabeth Knowelden does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life with her dynamic and unique voices for the different characters.

In this tale I feel we are taken a little deeper into the workings of the village of Littleton Cotterell. Where in other stories we are much more locked into a household as the setting and cast this story widens it's lens to take in not only the Lady H's household but the local pub and public center, and how the village itself deals with visitors. With this we spend more time as the audience learning about characters that have been referenced in previous volumes but become much more alive in this telling. The characters in and of themselves are delightful and the way Lady Hardcastle and Flo engage with everyone feels realistic and endearing.

This is also the first time we are given the full backstory of how Lady Hardcastle and Flo came to be together, the incident of Lady Hardcastle's husband's murder, and the two womens flight from China. I was rather surprised having listened to the first 3 volumes of this story and never hearing more than cursory allusions to the death of Lady H's husband that that she and Flo have had many adventures together, this was a deep dive into the back story to both of these women. For the readers/listeners of the other volumes I think this section will be most satisfying.

The mystery as in the other volumes is intriguing and keeps one guessing without ever feeling too intense or too mysterious. It is also fun to have so many more people in the town to interact with and learn about. Again with Elizabeth's narration I highly recommend listening to this series. The funny banter and interactions continue and keep me thoroughly amused. For those looking for an entertaining period piece cozy with flavors of Mrs Bradley's Mysteries you will not be disappointed with this latest installment.

  • An Infamous Betrayal: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Having solved the two murders that somehow fell in her path, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is on the lookout for a third. Through a absurd quirk of stupid fate, the shy spinster has fallen in love with the thoroughly unattainable Duke of Kesgrave and is desperate for something, anything, to occupy her mind. A dead body would do nicely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery Meets Jane Austen

  • By CuteAsADaisy on 05-02-19

A Wonderful Third Installment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I really enjoyed this third installment of the series and eagerly await each release on audible. The narration done by Jill Smith makes listening to the story a delight, each character receiving their own tone and personality. I will say these stories do not stand on their own and in this volume the author takes a significant amount of time to elaborate on events that took place in the first two, which would be a bit of a spoiler if you haven't already been through those tales.

I really enjoy the growth of the character Beatrice through each volume, as well as the deepening relationship with the Duke. As I have mentioned in my other reviews of this series this is an incredibly slow boil romance on par with Jane Austen's Persuasion. There is also a great deal of lengthy descriptions and internal monologue. I enjoy this and what it reveals of the protagonist and the other characters but know not everyone does and in fact would find the story drags as a result. So fair warning.

The mystery in these stories often feels like more of a fun exercise than the focus of the story. It is more the highjinks that occur in trying to discover the culprit than a building tension around finding the killer. Again this is something I enjoy but for someone who is looking at a main focus on mystery this series would not be to your liking.

I appreciate with each story how the characters in Bea's life become more real, less caricatures and more endearing. Often in period pieces the silly annoying aunt or cousin is so exaggerated they become somewhat card board cut outs but with each volume in this series I find myself feeling a greater fondness for each of the characters and their character "flaws" more humanizing and sweet then flimsy accessories to a stereotype. I especially enjoyed Bea's interactions with Lady Abercrombie throughout the story and through Bea's eyes we see how we can often misjudge others and reduce them to labels and not acknowledge the depth they carry.

The continued witty, dry, clever dialogue continues to amuse me and I really enjoy how the audience is seeing Beatrice come into her own as the story continues. She becomes more confident and bold, and with this you see her developing relationships in society (out casts and rebels each of them in their own right, who care not for the expectations of others or the times), as well as the audience developing deeper connections to the small cast of repeat characters. If you have enjoyed the first two volumes, this will not disappoint and I find that with the excellent narration this is an excellent story to audible instead of read.

  • Fire In His Fury

  • Fireblood Dragon Romance series, Book 4
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York, Noelle Bridges
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Just like Rapunzel from the fairy tales, Amy lives a hidden life. She's kept locked away in a tower for her own safety, with her sister as protector. Amy knows it's for her own good. If a dragon catches her scent, she'll be carried away and forced to become a drakoni's mate. But Amy has a secret that she desperately wants to be stolen. She would love to be rescued from her life of idleness and the thought of a devoted drakoni male charging in and saving her from her boredom sounds perfect to her. Of course, she wants a romantic, loving male who will adore her. What she gets is Rast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dixon keep the dragon BOOKS COMING

  • By laura on 06-14-18

Excellent 3rd Volume, Beauty & the Beast Partners

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-19

Ruby Dixon has created another great story in the Fireblood series this time bringing us Amy, who is the sister of the main female Claudia from the first volume in this series. Amy has been kept hidden away and longs to be free and we see her pick up from where the last volume left off sneaking to bring a male dragon in by leaving her scent outdoors to be found and rescued.

In the same style as the others in the Fireblood series there is a pairing where a male dragon (in this one Rast) is attracted to a female he decides is his mate and their contact and connection help clear the madness the dragons experience in this realm. Again we see a large focus by the male on wanting their partner to be pleasured and consenting to whatever they do as well as feeling very possessive and protective and a desire to impregnate their mate.

Unlike what I was expecting from the description on the audible page the dragon Rast is incredibly protective, patient, and gentle with Amy repeatedly countering her own internal self-criticism. But this does have a very different dynamic especially from the last volume where the female in the pairing held lots of control. Amy is painted as an innocent who can do nothing to withhold any of her feelings or thoughts from her dragon partner, and he is very paternalistic and possessive controlling the partnership, shielding his thoughts from her, and keeping her isolated from others. This is why it had a much more Beauty and the Beast feeling to me of keeping the female pleased and well cared for as long as she stays in the castle.

However, Ruby does an excellent job of developing Amy and more than the other heroines in the previous volumes I feel like Amy changes more than any of the other prior females in the series. By the end the audience really gets to see the rise in strength in the character and a sense of genuine pride from her dragon mate. As with all the volumes there is a great deal of story in these volumes continuing to build the world, expanding the territory to new forts, and involving new characters. The characters shown feel very real and alive and are interesting. I was surprised that Amy herself did not fall flat or boring with her innocence but became more intriguing and full as the story progressed, finding her voice and place.

Noelle continues to do an excellent job as narrator bringing the story to life, I still am not really a fan of Jeremy's narration for the male characters, which is totally just my own auditory preferences. Jeremy does a great job with the appropriate inflections and clearly took the time to try to embody the characters and I would love to hear him read other narratives just not this one.

Overall I think this is a great addition to a wonderful series, and again as Ruby has done with each of the other volumes in the series she creates the beginning of a bridge setting up a character that will serve as the new protagonist in the next story. I don't take this as a cliffhanger but something that creates an easy transition and allows the audience to get a taste of what the new pairing will be like. I actually really enjoy this. If you are looking for an immersive world, sci-fi twists, with slowly developed sex scenes, and slowly increasing interconnected cast of characters this volume and series are worth your time.

  • Mate Set

  • Mating Heat, Book 1
  • By: Laurann Dohner
  • Narrated by: G. C. VonCloudts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

It's werewolf mating season. All the males are in heat and the driving, sexual lust of their beasts is almost uncontrollable. Mika is human, in an alley, surrounded by four horny werewolves. She knows she's in deep shit. A tall, handsome werewolf rescues her then demands payment. Hot, sweaty, intimate payment. Grady is a half breed whose human mother abandoned him to his werewolf father, so he knows human women just aren't safe to fall in love with. The wolf within him wants Mika as his mate, but Grady will not give in. Never. Ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot Dang!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 02-24-14

Holy Howling Slight Spoilers/Trigger Warnings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

So this audible was an incredibly hot, sex-focused story, with amazing narration and a happily ever after ending that fell very flat for me after the emotional, intense, gritty narrative. Right from the start this story starts into an attempted rape scene as a warning for those that this might trigger, and from that to a coerced sexual scene with the male who saved the female protagonist from her initial attackers.

What follows in the story is a series of very steamy sex scenes threaded together by the concept of mating season for the werewolves in the predominantly werewolf town. There is a lot of focus placed on the intensity of libido at this time of year and necessity of sexual encounters, and our main characters being a already very sexual werewolf male being forced to engage with a human woman. Their intensity and attraction are undeniable and also immediate, this is not a story where characters slowly develop a connection with one another. This can feel problematic for some as there actually seems to be nothing else going between this couple except sex. There also is very little provided about this world or the politics of the werewolves except regarding mating and sex. There is some tension between human and werewolf but with the writing at the end this is all pretty quickly dismissed as a misunderstanding, which feels a little jarring that all the tension and animosity built between several characters around the girl being human is almost magically resolved as if there is no longer any issues with this.

And this was my main issue with the story was the very tidy almost Disney like wrap up of and everything was happy. Part of what created such heat in this stories was the tension between the two characters, their gritty emotions, and unresolved internal conflicts. Having all of those things suddenly evaporate was very jarring and left me displeased with how things wrapped up, it was too easy and very unrealistic in contrast to the picture that had been painted through the whole book. Some of the characters at the beginning who are family don't even make an appearance at the back end of the book.

That aside I enjoyed a lot of the characters in the story and would have enjoyed seeing more of them outside of the sex scenes between the two main characters. This book could have been easily much longer and more flushed out. I know this author's other first volumes in a new series are almost twice the length of this book.

But I must take a moment to praise G.C. VonCloudts aka Savannah Richards whose real name is Therese Plummer is PHENOMENAL. Part of why this story was so intense and steamy was because of the massive talent and effort this narrator put in. Her male and female voices are excellent, her emotion so palatable, this was the first audible I found myself audibly gasping with shock in scenes or talking aloud in response because her narration was so emotionally provoking. I will definitely look forward to her other narrations.

Overall if you are looking for a sex focused, werewolf themed, light on story, heavy on emotions tale, this is definitely worth your time and I think you will be more than satisfied. For some the wrapped up neat and tidy ending will work, for others like me just know it might feel like a sudden brake in a speeding car.

  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done you, T E Kinsey!

  • By stefani on 06-10-17

My Favorite Volume Yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Three volumes into this series and continuing to enjoy the story. There is rhythms and dialogue between Flo and Lady Hardcastle as well as between some of the other repeat characters that feels familiar as does with good friends and family. It is enjoyable to see the relationship between the Lady and Florence continue and to watch how both are treated within different circles.

TE Kinsey executes the story in a closed group very well everything happening with a household that the two women are visiting and planning to enjoy some time racing their motor vehicles. There is also a great deal of fun in exploring the upstairs and downstairs of the different lives between servants and those being served and where there is overlap. With each volume we get more splashes of Flo and Lady Hardcastles history together as well as Florence's backstory.

The mystery in this third story was to me the most engaging so far and the first time I found myself tossing my guesses into the ring instead of merely sitting back and watching it unfold. As always in these tales I enjoyed the humor and the personalities of these different cast of characters and how alive they feel. This is brought to life further by the continued excellent performance of the narrator Elizabeth Knowelden who continues to impress with her distinctive voices and intonations. The characters leap from the page through her voice.

The ending of the tale was satisfying and I found myself excited to jump into their next mystery. The pacing was enjoyable, the world vivid, the characters compelling, and the mystery engaging. A winning series of a light cozy, period piece flare, fun humor of the blending classes and where certain proprieties are pushed by the two main women in the tales.

  • Fire in His Embrace

  • Fireblood Dragon Romance, Book 3
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Jeremy York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

There's only one way to tame a dragon. Emma Arroyo knows this. She also knows that the big golden dragon captured by her brother's biker gang is in trouble, and it's all her fault. He followed her scent, and now his life is in danger. She has to fix this, somehow. If she could talk to the dragon, they could form a plan to escape, both of them. But the dragon's mind is wild and full of uncontrollable, killing rage. There's no reasoning with him. There's only one way to solve this problem - a mating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such cute story.

  • By amy fletcher on 12-26-17

Great 3rd Volume, Equal Power Partnership

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-19

Another excellent addition to the series. I was initially worried that the beginning of the story would get mired in backstory of the character Emma but Ruby does a great job of quickly bringing the audience up to speed on where the last volume left off without sacrificing the background you want to develop the character who will be the protagonist for the whole story.

In the same style as the others in the Fireblood series there is a pairing where a male dragon (in this one Zohr) is attracted to a female he decides is his mate and their contact and connection help clear the madness the dragons experience in this realm. Again we see a large focus by the male on wanting their partner to be pleasured and consenting to whatever they do as well as feeling very possessive and protective and a desire to impregnate their mate.

However, I feel like this pairing stands out the most so far in the series in the way they seem to hold equal amounts of power. Emma is a very independent, strong, survival focused female character who expresses a great deal more dominance in the relationship than either of the previous females. There is also an interesting expression of Emma knowing how to armor herself emotionally and mentally and in essence at times blocking Zohr out. Zohr for his part also defers to Emma quite a bit and instead of the way other dragons behave does not try to convince or overpower her. This story is the first glimpse of an equal partnership in this story universe and it is really satisfying.

There is also a deeper dive into the politics and history of the dragons and the lives they lived before the rift. I love how with each volume Ruby reveals more of this dragon world and how it is leaking into this dystopian world. Zohr also remembers a bit more than the other dragons and we begin to see these different couples we have come to know organize together.

I will say I was disappointed with the final confrontation at the end of the story, it felt rushed and anticlimactic and not satisfying for all that was developed in the rest of the narrative. And again as Ruby has done with each of the other volumes in the series she creates the beginning of a bridge setting up a character that will serve as the new protagonist in the next story. I don't take this as a cliffhanger but something that creates an easy transition and allows the audience to get a taste of what the new pairing will be like. I actually really enjoy this.

Overall this is an excellent addition to a well written series, there is scattered sex scenes but a deepening story that draws the audience in and makes me curious to learn more about the world.

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  • A Scandalous Deception: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

As much as Beatrice Hyde-Clare relished the challenge of figuring out who murdered a fellow guest during a house party in the Lake District, she certainly does not consider herself an amateur investigator. So when a London dandy falls dead at her feet in the entryway of a London Daily Gazette, she feels no compulsion to investigate. It was a newspaper office, after all, and reporters are already on the case as are the authorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By D. B. Levy on 04-01-19

Jane Austin's Persuasion with Laughs & Mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Without a doubt I enjoyed this second volume more than the first. I feel like all the characters we are introduced to in the first book are flushed out more deeply in this story. Lynn Messina does an incredible job of developing Beatrice, her family, the Duke, and their relationship. I was surprised how there were many moments when I found Bea's family endearing. Usually in period piece stories when the family members are meant to be silly or annoying I can barely stand them but here they are still silly, very sweet in some ways, and lifelike. The author has also made some call backs to things mentioned in the first volume that weave in wonderfully.

Also I cannot say enough how funny this story is with dialogue and situations and the addition of Jill Smith's amazing narration capturing the fun humor in various scenes. Jill Smith continues to impress me with her ability to create these different characters with her voice clearly and with great emotion. She really captures the spectrum of characters and brings the story alive. I find myself completely draw into the story with her voice. I will make mention the humor here is around awkward social situations and misunderstandings and the more dry sarcastic inner dialogue and banter between individuals. That isn't everyone's funny, it's more of the period piece understated comments over the dinner table.

I do want to point out this is a slow development story with extensive, some will feel excessive, dialogue and description. This is why I compared it to Persuasion and that level of pacing. There is a great deal of writing about internal reflections and details of situations and drawn out banter. I enjoy this slow pace and drawn out discussions but I understand some will not so wanted to mention it. There is also not intense direct flirting or romance, this is much more restrained and hinted. Again for me I enjoy it for the period piece slow boil story this feels like, but others might not enjoy.

The mystery was fun with twists and turns and lots of laughs. Overall the story combined with the excellent narration really made this a huge win for me. I was surprised by how taken I've been by these stories. I often skip around between audibles but I find with the Beatrice Hyde-Clare stories I dive in and listen straight through. Entertaining, playful, light, engaging, and with a lovely period piece flavor. I am only disappointed that the other volumes are not yet available on audible, and hope they will be uploaded soon!

  • Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland

  • Fifty Shades of Alice Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Melinda DuChamp
  • Narrated by: Alix Dale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he's also quick and careless in bed, and doesn't give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he's not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn't understand her own needs. She's heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she's read about in runaway bestselling books. Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys - or girls - down here.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical fairytale

  • By Kim D. on 07-21-14

Feels Like Parody Alice Does Wonderland

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

To be clear this really isn't a story, this is just a series of different sex scenes exploring different flavors of kink where everyone happens to vaguely relate to characters (usually by name only) from Alice in Wonderland. The majority of the tale is explicit sex scenes, and the narrative does not take itself seriously at all often leaning on bad puns and cheap comedy. There are even multiple times where the narrator breaks the fourth wall addressing the audience with asides about amazon for instance.

The story is of an 18 year old girl who has little sexual experience and a lack of sexually satisfying encounters exploring a spectrum of sexual acts and kink with a variety of partners (D/s, group sex, voyeurism, masturbation, spanking, etc). There is some discussion of concepts of safe words but they tend to use words the character will inevitably cry out during intense pleasure. Twice when the main character screams a safe word play immediately stops, once when the character yells it the play continues uninterrupted. In some ways the book reads like an explanation and mild education about different kinds of play but there is no real depth, there is no character building, but again that is not why most are going to come to this kind of story.

I frequently found myself laughing at the silly writing and language. I think the phrase that cracked me up the most was "mammary intercourse." That was a first hearing that particular sex act called that and it gave me quite a laugh. The narrator definitely tries to distinguish voices sometimes her choices felt odd or off but almost became part of what was laughable about the whole piece.

I myself love Alice in Wonderland and the characters. This isn't it. Alice is just a thin lens to write a string of smut scenes relating to kink and a girl who wanders through these encounters with a willingness to try anything and everything with minimal protest. That is probably the closest connection to the original tale. But as I said the author doesn't take herself or the story very seriously, lots of odd goofy jokes, comments, and scenes. If you want thoughtful characters, with realistic build up to meaningful sex scenes, and a well built world this will not be your cup of tea. However if you want some cheap laughs, lots of smut, a spread of different kinds of kink, with minimal story interruption, and people vaguely relating to Alice in Wonderland, well then drink this one right up.

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  • Fifty Shades of Alice Through the Looking Glass

  • 50 Shades of Alice Trilogy
  • By: Melinda DuChamp
  • Narrated by: Alix Dale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Lewis, Alice enters a strange fantasy world where every pleasure - no matter how kinky - is indulged. Alice is subjected to amorous escapades beyond her wildest dreams, and taken to the very limit of sexual endurance. During her carnal encounters with all manner of men and women, she is teased to tears by a bondage master, thoroughly used in a three way, enlightened to the sensual joys of a female touch, taken to a sex shop to test different erotic toys, given several very special piercings, and is dragged to the Hall of Denied Orgasms where she must fight the frumious Jabbercocky to save all of Looking Glass Land.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Good as 1st But Continues in the Same Style

  • By Wynne on 04-05-19

Not as Good as 1st But Continues in the Same Style

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

If you listened to volume 1 Alice in Wonderland you can expect more of the same. Massive lack of story, narrative that makes bad puns and refuses to take itself seriously, and piles of smut scenes that focus on new kinds of kink. This volume does seem to thread around a theme of not yucking someone else's yum. An education on being open to different forms of pleasure and not judging others for their sexual proclivities. In this volume we see Alice even more willing to choose to engage with others she doesn't even find attractive in attempt to have an open mind and explore the different roads to pleasure.

Again the narrator tries to create a spectrum of voices differentiating different characters and I actually feel that the narration was less annoying or distracting to me in this volume then the first. There is a great deal more F/F in this volume and even some scenes that deal more with M/M and a tendency towards group sex in a majority of the scenes described. There is much more acknowledgement and attention paid to the fact that this is all just Alice having fantasies, and the author again breaks the fourth wall talking directly to the audience again mentioning amazon.com.

This second volume stays true to the first volume continuing the same style with a little more of a message towards the importance of not judging yourself or others for what arouses you and also making mention to clarify the difference between what we fantasize about does not ever mean we would want to do these same things in real life, and feeling empowered to make our own decisions about what pleasure looks like for ourselves. Again expect cheesy jokes, no real plot, lots of very explicit sex scenes that circle around different kinds of kink, and only vague connections to the Alice narrative.

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