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Publisher's Summary

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

©2013 Anita Howard (P)2013 AudioGO

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  • 09-23-17

Fantastically Clever!

What made the experience of listening to Splintered the most enjoyable?

First off the narrators voice is just perfect for this. I love this amazing twist on one of my favorite stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morpheus. He is dark, deep, dreamy, beautiful and seduction himself.

What does Rebecca Gibel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love her voice and a few of her poetic reading and even her singing was lovely.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a rough start for me, I didn't do my research before reading this i saw it and bought it and in the beginning it felt a bit like Sucker Punch. I was afraid that the story would be about the mad ramblings of a woman and it filled me with disappointment not being able to visit the real wonderland, but I stuck by it and was delighted at the first appearance of Morpheus, then I was hooked. I almost stayed up all night listening.

Any additional comments?

Big fan after the first half of the book I bought book 2 & 3 and I am waiting for 1.5 to be in audible and Book 3.5 is in my wishlist.

To the writer please please please give us more, I would love to find link of what inspired this fantastic story. I also would love to see the art mentioned in the books. I need it, I want to live in your Wonderland.

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Great Read, but One Concern

I really liked the premise behind this book. Alyssa seeks out Wonderland to fix Alice's mistakes and end the Liddell family curse. Aly works very hard to accomplish impossible tasks such as dry up the ocean of Alice's tears. The story takes some interesting twists and turns that I was not expecting. All in all, kudos A. G. Howard. I look forward to listening/reading the rest of the series.

There was one thing that was bothersome. At first, the way that Howard chose to illustrate mental illness and the possibility of ECT frustrated me. I work in mental health and have seen how they help people (but I digress). The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it hopefully was the narrating character's opinion. I just really hope that no one will get the wrong idea about mental health facilities and treatments. *steps off soapbox*

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loved it

I was captured before the end of chapter 1.. this is the best of heard so far!! Can't wait for the next..

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Very unique

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yep, because it's clean-ish and different

What was one of the most memorable moments of Splintered?

The spider sisters.

What does Rebecca Gibel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a beautiful voice

Any additional comments?

This was a great book, very different and interesting. A good twist on the old classic.

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Great book

I love the plot of this story and the twisted version of Alice in wonderland. I can not wait to read the other books!
My only complaint is I personally didn't think the narrator voice was a good fit but she did do well changing tones.

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A Wonderfully Twisted Take On Wonderland Or Should I Say Underland!!!!

I truly enjoyed being able to listen to this wonderful crazy story. Rebecca Gibel does an amazing job bring A.G. Howard's enchanting story of Underland to to life. Giving every character their own voices which brings out their personalities and makes you call even more in love with them. So if you love Alice In Wonderland you'll love Splintered!!!

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It was okay.

The reader put me to sleep several times. The story actually sound like it was good, but her reading of it is bad. Idk if I want the rest of the series or not.

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love it

an excellent retelling of Wonderland enjoyed every minute of it. Can not wait for more

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not a fan

if it were any cheesier they'd have to sell the book with crackers. Definitely wouldn't read the next book in the series

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wonderful

hello is wonderland. when you need a MAD break fall down the rabbit hole.