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Wow! This retelling/'sequel' to Alice in Wonderland was very good. It's a curious mix of a fairytale world and now - we get to see what happened to Wonderland when Alice left 'Through the Looking Glass' and how she is now. The Mad Hatter is in prison, the Red Queen is an absolute pill and Wonderland is not a happy place. The story is entertaining with a few twists, not the least of which is (Henry) Boy Alice - I love that name!
I have to say that I am so glad I was given a chance to listen to the audiobook. Joel Leslie is nothing short of perfect! I am convinced that he has several different people living inside him. He captured all the voices better than I could ever have hoped for! I cannot describe how freaking perfect his performance is - Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen, ALL the characters were superbly characterised. All I can do is highly recommend this audio opera, because that's what this really is, a one-man opera :)
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Alice's brother, Henry, is sent into Wonderland, where the Red Queen's insatiable hunger for head rolling has gone on more than enough. He has but one clue as to why he was sent there, the Mad Hatter. Said Hatter is as surprised by Henry's appearance in Wonderland as the young man himself and is ordered to bring Henry to the Red Castle for some more of the Queen's hospitality (on a spike perhaps). The way to the castle is unpredictable and strange, through Wonderland's many forests and dangers. On their journey, Hatter and Henry discover more about themselves and each other.
Not liking the original Alice in Wonderland books so much I was not expecting to like this one as much as I did! It was wonderfully written in bold, colorful scenes that made me laugh more than once. I was immediately sucked into Wonderland along with the unsuspecting Henry and all its quirky occupants. The sheer quantity of places and characters did not affect the quality of the details this fantastic world Dakota Chase constructed. The story had wonderful twists, depth and emotion while still being a funny effortless read I would gladly re-read again and again. It was fun and engaging, even though I usually go for Romance of the Erotic verity I did not feel like this book was lacking in any way as a part of the M/M genre. This book is an adventure like no other!
Joel's performance is, as always, spot on! Each character as unique as wonderland itself, distinct and charming. He has the amazing ability to channel each character bringing all the emotions out of a scene and utilizing his voice. He is like a chameleon, shifting into the characters as easily as if he is them, and always has been. His narration made this wonderful book shine!
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