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Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780062417138
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From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is “After Alice.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maguire plays with the ancient archetypes at work in Wonderland while injecting them with fresh perspective.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[Maguire’s] playful vocabulary may be Carroll-esque, but his keen wit is closer to Monty Python, with a fine, unforced sense of play…His erudition is a joy, his sense of fun infectious.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stunningly clever in its conflation of fairy tales, the mix and match of characters, woven throughout with references to philosophical ideas, the social issues of the day, and attitudes of the time…Maguire impressively channels Carroll’s penchant for humorous wordplay, literary nonsense, and logic games.”

    Boston Globe

  • “We guarantee you’ve never imagined Alice and Wonderland quite like this.”

    InStyle, a Book Club Selection

  • “A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children’s classic, retrofitted for grown-ups—and a lot of fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Take a new whimsical trip down the rabbit hole with narrator Katherine Kellgren…Kellgren does impressive work, animating each peculiar voice to differentiate and entertain. The variety of tone, pace, and emotion makes for a highly amusing and enjoyable listen. Her proper and potent accent is fitting for an eccentric tale filled with mischievous characters that begs listeners to choose their favorite playful voice. The quizzical banter that Ada encounters in Wonderland is perfectly executed and supported by Kellgren’s theatrics. She’s an exquisite example of a narrator who uses all her strengths and who isn’t afraid of being expressive and dramatic. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Daisy Goodwin is a television producer, presenter, and author. She has edited numerous poetry anthologies, including the bestselling 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, and is the author of Silver River, a memoir. She was chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her first novel, My Last Duchess, was translated into thirteen languages.