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  • Written by: A. G. Howard
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Splintered

Written by: A. G. Howard
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
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Publisher's Summary

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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A YA Alice Retelling

This was an amazing story, one of the best I’ve listened to. It had fantasy, romance, and plot twists. This is a must-read.

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Unique take on Wonderland

A very different look into wonderland, that dragged me in quickly and left me wanting more.

Great love triangle, where you’re rooting for both love interests and can’t decide yourself. The heroine is No faded damsel, she is strong and interesting.

Wonderful performance by the reader. Very worth picking up- you won’t regret it!

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OK🙂

It is a interesting new take on Alice in Wonderland
I liked it but it’s more of a personal preference book

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Amazing

I just found this series and honestly I'm not a fan of Alice in wonderland but I loved this morbid take on it.
am moving right into number 2... Eeekk

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Clever Idea.. Inferior Execution

It's genuinely unfortunate that Anita .G. Howard has such a terrible sense of pacing. The premise of this book/series is intriguing: that Lewis Carroll's 'Wonderland' is, in fact, a real - bizarre & oddly terrifying - parallel universe that has captured the descendants of Alice Liddell (the little girl for whom Carroll wrote the tale) in a "curse".. one in which women in that bloodline hear the overwhelming voices of flowers & insects and develop unwilling magical powers at puberty - and which the world in general has determined is insanity.
The Wonderland environment - once we get there - is truly "fantastic", the main characters (Humans 'Alyssa' & 'Jeb', and Wonderland-caretaker/Giant Moth-like 'Morpheus') are a cast with fascinating motivations, and the descriptions are wonderfully vivid - but Howard spends her effort setting up the plot matrix with tedious (actually plodding) "real-world" encounters between Alyssa and friends/family/rivals, childhood-trauma-heavy backstories, and odd obsessions ("I desperately want to kiss him.. but can't" teenage urges; "She's such a bitch" high-school dramas; and baffling incredibly detailed fashion & makeup tips.)
In combination, they make the first ⅓ of the book almost painful to tolerate - but the plot is too complicated to allow readers/listeners to simply skip through Chapters 1-9.

Sadly, the subpar voice-acting from Rebecca Gibel makes the situation worse. Don't get me wrong - her diction, timbre, cadence, and tone are actually praiseworthy (and the technical support from Blackstone Audio Inc is exemplary) - but she really should avoid accents (her "Cockney" delivery for Morpheus is *horrific*).. and her chosen voices for the creatures in Wonderland are often eyerollingly cartoonish.

I rate this disappointing effort 4 stars out of 10. The confused attraction/teenage angst aspects of the story overwhelm the fantasy.. but are handled deftly enough that budding Romance Novel fans will likely enjoy this book. As for myself - I'm more of a Fantasy-SciFi reader - 'Splintered' is not great at delivering in that sphere.
If it weren't included as a 'Plus' selection (free with my subscription), I wouldn't have tried it.. and that's appropriate.
Unless you're an insatiable fan of frustrated love-triangle plotlines, pass if they ask for a Credit.

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  • Rob
  • 2022-06-25

Narrator sounds like a robot

Really want to read this one but the narrator is SO HARD to get past!

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