Red Queen

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2016
8 hours 39 minutes
The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll... The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash-and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful-the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen...
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Good book, great narration

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James S.

"Red Queen" follows on the heels of "Alice." From its onset, it immerses the reader in an interesting world, promising new and different rules that will pose new and different problems for Alice and her companion Hatcher. There are menacing flying machines from the City, bright lights, and giants. Fates are uncovered, powers teased out, and the author gradually builds a sense of what is happening, although it is a long time before there's any inkling of why. The high point of the story in probably the night in the forest, which ends with Alice rather a ways higher up a tree than she intended. From there, it's all downhill. More happens -- much more -- but it's harder to reconcile Alice's interaction with trivial matters and the dire situations she seems to face. A voice in her head goes from mysterious to obvious without fanfare, and while her encounter with a Goblin is quite brilliant, the revelations brought about by the titular Red Queen are anticlimactic. Particularly as it relates to Alice's status as a magician, everything suddenly falls so into place as to make the story feel pointless. I listened to the night in the forest (in the middle of the book) no fewer than four times, but by the last few chapters, I was rolling my eyes and ready for it to just end already. Its conclusion felt much more foregone than the prior book, and what was great there is here merely tolerable. The narration was EXCELLENT.

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