- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 8, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K5L69WQ
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I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
In Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts is a flat, frightening, if sometimes humourous character. Meyer has the job of taking Cath, the only daughter of a noble family with a secret dream of opening a bakery, and turning her into that one-dimensional character that everyone knows so well. For adults who've read and treasure the Alice books, Meyer's amazing ability to work in everyone from the Mad Hatter, to the Mock Turtle, will have you smiling as you read. Her ability to quietly paint Cath into a corner from which there is no escape, even as we, the readers, which one for her, is masterfully done.
A must for anyone who loves Alice and wants to revisit those worlds.
I definitely think this is the kind of retelling where, if you haven’t read the original classic, you’re fine and can follow along without an issue. BUT.. If you HAVE read the original, you definitely catch more. Meyer brings in a lot of elements from the classic, including certain elements of Wonderland and certain quotes from the original text. There are mentions of the Tulgey Wood, the Jabberwock, the Vorpal Sword, the Looking Glass maze, the foods that make you shrink/grow, the Hatter and his mad tea parties, etc.
Unfortunately – and it pains me to say this – I did have a few issues with this book. It’s a stand-alone, as far as I know, so it was a long book because it needed to tell a complete story. However, at times, it felt too long and dragged out. It also had a very slow start. Don’t get me wrong, the entire book was fascinating, but the beginning was just slow. I had to read nearly half the book to get to a point where things really started to pick up. But I also think this is because I put this book on a HIGH pedestal. I expected a LOT from this book and maybe I put too much pressure on it and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. It really was a great book, but I just wanted MORE – expected more.
Overall, though, this book was incredible. Marissa Meyer is an incredible story teller. She creates these amazing worlds and characters and you can’t help but fall head first down the rabbit hole (see what I did there?!?) and into the story. I HIGHLY recommend this book for fans of Marissa Meyer and fans of retellings!
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