This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland….
Henry never believed his older sister Alice’s fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter – an odd but strangely attractive fellow – just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do to stay alive. It doesn’t matter if Henry and Hatter find each other intolerable. They’re stuck with each other.
Along their journey, Henry and Hatter must confront what they’ve always accepted as truth. As dislike grows into tolerance and something like friendship, the young men see the chance for a closer relationship. But Wonderland is a dangerous place, and first they have to get away with their lives.
Review by Dee
Wow! This retelling/’sequel’ to Alice in Wonderland is very good. It’s a curious mix of a fairytale world and modern times – 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 (Boy Alice)!
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 🙂
6 stars out of 5 stars
Review by Morgan
I completely agree with Dee. This was a lot of fun! It’s a sequel of sorts to the famous story with Boy Alice. I think it would have had more impact on me – as a story – if there’d been more direction with the plot and less focus on making it feel like the original story. What I mean is – I didn’t always feel that Boy Alice was doing anything – and I wasn’t really rooting for him – per se. It was fun to see all the creative lands and adventures he stumbled into – but I wasn’t as invested in his journey as I could have been.
I was so glad I’d been listening to this because I’m not sure I would have kept reading. Joel Leslie, however, is soooo entertaining, and he kept me hooked! He comes up with a thousand and one voices and knows how to deliver the punch lines with just the right panache!
If you’re looking for a fantastical adventure with a m/m twist – this is up your alley.
3 of 5 stars for the story
5 of 5 stars for the audio
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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