- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 19, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075NKLWPK
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Mad About the Hatter Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
The secondary characters were amazing. Some cute, some scary and all with little twists that make them more than what they appear to be. In fact the whole of Wonderland is more than it appears. I love that I got the feeling that I was the one on the adventure right next to Henry and Hatter.
I've listened to several stories narrated by Joel Froomkin (aka Joel Leslie) and I have enjoyed them all, but this story... this story was MADE for him to narrate! Absolute perfection!
I loved this story so much that I bought it in both ebook and audiobook versions so I can have it forever.
If you like YA, if you like fantasy, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
Henry ends up in Wonderland. That’s the start of this story. He never believed Alice, and always thought she should’ve been put in an asylum. Which, to be frank, I kind of understand. If my brother started saying he’d been to Wonderland and saw the Mad Hatter, a floating cat and a queen with a giant hat, I’d probably think he should get some help too. He runs into the Mad Hatter, who promises to help Henry escape Wonderland. What follows is their journey through Wonderland.
If I had to describe this read -or its story line- I would say it is fun. It’s just an enjoyable journey to go on. I smiled several times while reading this, although the puns are sometimes so obvious I rolled my eyes a bit. Like the ants one. If you feel like reading a fun and light retelling, this is the one for you.
I do have to say that even in the dark parts of Wonderland, I was never afraid or creeped out. It lack that creepy vibe. And the big “battle” was very anti-climactic to me. All that traveling and plotting, for 1/4th of a page of conflict?
Lastly, I want to say that the tone of this book didn’t feel completely correct to me. At first, I thought this was like a middle grade novel on the verge of young adult. But actually Henry is 18. Most of the time, they don’t sound as old as they really are.
So this story is about Henry, Alice’s brother. Henry is 18 years old, about to graduate and living with his alcoholic father. He blames Alice for this, a he believes Alice’s weird tales have driven his father to drinking. Needless to say, they don’t have a great bond. I have to admit that at times, Henry felt a lot younger than he is. I did like that he wasn’t afraid to admit that he was wrong at times. He apologized immediately. It’s not an easy feat to admit you were wrong, especially when the disagreement has been going on for so long.
The other main character of this story is Hatter. I did like him, although most of what he said is complete nonsense. What are you even trying to say? I feel the exact same way when trying to read Shakespeare. The meaning escapes me at times. Again, I felt like he appeared much younger than he actually was. And while he mostly tried to survive, he also had a set of morals that ended up being stronger than his survival instinct. I do love his wit though.
I quite liked the romance in this book, although it was sudden. The biggest “problem” I have with this book is truly the tone. It felt like an adorable and cute romance most of the time, and Henry & Hatter could have been 14/15. Yet they were 18 & 20/who knows how old Hatter was.
If you feel like reading a fun retelling of Alice with an LGBT theme, read this. I definitely enjoyed myself while reading it.
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