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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Beddor Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Looking Glass Wars Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047258
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The first book in an action-packed fantasy trilogy from the producer of THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

The "true story" behind Alice in Wonderland! Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss' mother (Off with her head, she cries!) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist. Alyss escapes from Wonderland and is exiled to another world entirely--Victorian London--where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice, and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20 she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd, reclaim the throne, and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Doyle brings life to this fanciful reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…A theater-trained actor, Doyle artfully animates a large and diverse cast of fantasy and real-life characters. He’s especially menacing as the murderous Aunt Redd, each high-pitched syllable dripping with malice…Doyle juggles an eclectic and otherworldly ensemble, never letting anything hit the ground.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Outstanding as always, Gerard Doyle mirrors Alyss’ fury at the Reverend Dodgson (Lewis Caroll) when he turns her life into a silly children’s story…Beddor’s neat twists on the original clever weaponry, innovative solutions, a host of entertaining…puns, and Doyle’s use of onomatopoeia through the numerous battle sequences guarantee that listeners of all ages will enjoy this first in what promises to be a wild and wondrous trilogy.”

    AudioFile

  • “A refreshing take on a Victorian classic.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/17/2014

    " LOVED it. Absolutely LOVED it! The copy I have in my school library has a really... weird... picture as the cover but my friend begged me to read it! I already owed her something so I reluctantly did, 2 hours later, I was the one on my knees thanking her! XD Seriously! Really good, recommend it to everyone out there. Wonderful. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharie | 2/12/2014

    " I thought I'd love this, but the first book doesn't make me want to pick up the next one. It's a fractured fairy tale but doesn't develop much love for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " Probably a 3.5, but I will be generous today. I enjoyed the story enough that I will read the next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2014

    " This is an interesting twist on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It provides plenty of fantastic imaginative action but it also provides a look at some very real human characteristics. With the exception of a couple of characters, no one in the book is all good or all evil and the "good" characters frequently have to battle various moral dilemas. Started the second book in the series "Seeing Redd" yesterday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trista | 1/16/2014

    " being an alice buff,i enjoyed this book.it takes a different spin on wonderland and i loved the authors twist on the characters and their world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffanie Brady | 1/11/2014

    " Amazingly interesting, couldn't put the damn thing down. Perhaps my passion for Alice in Wonderland was a help, but I re-read it all the time.Read and enjoy, I'm not telling a thing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/7/2014

    " Alyss prepares to become Queen of Wonderland after Aunt Redd kills her mother and father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/5/2014

    " Never really been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but the recent re-imaginings (the Tim Burton movie and the Sy Fy Channel's miniseries) got me a little more interested. I found this book to be a blend of the two really, and I really enjoyed the premise that Beddor came up with. Yes, there were some issues, but for me, I was able to see past them and enjoy the imagination behind the product. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Better Thanfiction | 1/4/2014

    " Interesting twist on a classic story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 1/1/2014

    " On my list for book club. It was okay. The idea was interesting, but it just didn't grab me. It got better near the end, but one of those books that I didn't care if I finished it or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan Moore | 12/20/2013

    " Loved the new take on a classic story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha Pearch | 11/26/2013

    " i have read it twice and loved it both times "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gem | 11/13/2013

    " the original book was weird enough this twist isn't interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 10/20/2013

    " I loved this ENTIRE series! They were amazing and gave me a whole new perspective on Alice and Wonderland (which I had no interest in whatsoever before I read this series) and sometimes I even find myself spelling "Alice", "Alyss" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 10/10/2013

    " I enjoyed the concept - a blend of Lewis Carol and JK Rowling. Amusing at times, but more comic bookish than a real story. Seems more of a way to make money off people who would love Alice, but was poorly executed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reyannan Miller | 1/12/2013

    " Enjoy the new adventure! Read all three books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anji | 11/12/2012

    " These books were fun, but it took me a few chapters to get used to all the wonderland stuff. He was very creative with the use of imagination and the different weapons. I did enjoy the story and all the fun characters from Alice in Wonderland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nishi Serrano | 9/10/2012

    " Great re-telling of the story. I particularly liked Hatter. However, I haven't had the chance to read any of the other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 3/22/2012

    " Totally awesome new take on Alice in Wonderland, abundant with Carroll-esque humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie King | 1/16/2012

    " Oh my gosh, where has this series been hiding?! I'm hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Billingsley | 6/8/2011

    " This is one of the first books I read to my son. We both loved it, read the entire series and he still talks about it over a year later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/23/2011

    " It's interesting that so many people hated this book. I thought it was pretty good. It is definitely is a book for young adults, but the story is better then most. If you just go in knowing its for YA, it's a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/20/2011

    " I fell in love with this book when I read it. I thought it was an excellent retelling of 'Alyss' in Wonderland. Everything has such a unique interpretation. It's one of those rare young adult books that both boys and girls will like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colee | 5/11/2011

    " i want nothing to do with the trilogy, all action without story, no ties to the main characters best friend at the end, monochromatic, monochronologic read.tacky and lacking ANY real believable emotion....maybe an action story to a 5 yr old? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/10/2011

    " What a fresh look on a classic story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/8/2011

    " Wow! I'm a big fan of Lewis Carrol's Alice, but this re-working of his story is amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the idea was original and that it was very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 5/5/2011

    " It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The concept was at least interesting and got me through the book, but I really wouldn't recommend it or anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherisa | 5/4/2011

    " Randomly pick this book up on a discount table at Fred Meyer. And to my surprise..SUPER SUPER loved it! Great retelling of a well known story, totally turning it on its head. Great pace and wonderfully believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 5/4/2011

    " This book is Alice in Wonderland all over again, it is so cool, and I love Alice in Wonderland so :) I really, really liked it, it is a diffuclt thing to write a book, but to RE-write a FAMOUS story and do a good job... that is though. But Beddor did it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jilane | 5/3/2011

    " What a strange twist on Alice in Wonderland. I wasn't thrilled with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/27/2011

    " Fun and enjoyable to read. Hatter is my favorite character. :) I look forward to reading the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/24/2011

    " I usually enjoy books that play off of classic stories and this one was no exception. A clever tale of Underland. "

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About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, multiaward-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.