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Mad About the Hatter Audiobook

Mad About the Hatter

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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.

©2015 Dakota Chase (P)2017 Harmony Ink Press

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  • Dee Slate
    01/10/17
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    "What a fantastic performance!"

    Wow! This retelling/'sequel' to Alice in Wonderland was very good. It's a curious mix of a fairytale world and now - 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!
    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 :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Neta_BER
    30/09/17
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    "My first MM YA- a delight to read!"

    Alice's brother, Henry, is sent into Wonderland, where the Red Queen's insatiable hunger for head rolling has gone on more than enough. He has but one clue as to why he was sent there, the Mad Hatter. Said Hatter is as surprised by Henry's appearance in Wonderland as the young man himself and is ordered to bring Henry to the Red Castle for some more of the Queen's hospitality (on a spike perhaps). The way to the castle is unpredictable and strange, through Wonderland's many forests and dangers. On their journey, Hatter and Henry discover more about themselves and each other.

    Not liking the original Alice in Wonderland books so much I was not expecting to like this one as much as I did! It was wonderfully written in bold, colorful scenes that made me laugh more than once. I was immediately sucked into Wonderland along with the unsuspecting Henry and all its quirky occupants. The sheer quantity of places and characters did not affect the quality of the details this fantastic world Dakota Chase constructed. The story had wonderful twists, depth and emotion while still being a funny effortless read I would gladly re-read again and again. It was fun and engaging, even though I usually go for Romance of the Erotic verity I did not feel like this book was lacking in any way as a part of the M/M genre. This book is an adventure like no other!

    Joel's performance is, as always, spot on! Each character as unique as wonderland itself, distinct and charming. He has the amazing ability to channel each character bringing all the emotions out of a scene and utilizing his voice. He is like a chameleon, shifting into the characters as easily as if he is them, and always has been. His narration made this wonderful book shine!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    25/09/17
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    "Absolutely LOVED this!"
    What did you love best about Mad About the Hatter?

    It is a completely different version of Alice in Wonderland. A story never told before but has characters that you know. I love the Mad Hatter and Mr Froomkin brought him to life for me.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Froomkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but my mom has a lot of books he has narrated. She said I would like his voice. I love his voice. I am so happy that she found this book for me. He does the characters so well. I think he made this book come to life. I hope everyone who has read it will now get the Audio version.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica M
    valparaiso, IN, United States
    26/09/17
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    "Delightful & Whimsical"

    This was a delight to listen to. This is the story of Alice's little brothers trip to Wonderland, and his adventures there.

    Mad About the Hatter had just enough humor & whimsy to keep me entertained & interested until the end. There is the same round-a-bout word play that I remember from the original story, that made me giggle. "Well if I'm here, and you're there, then do you want to know who is here or there..."

    The descriptions of the landscapes & creatures found in this Wonderland were very nicely done. I could picture what was described in all it's imaginative wondrous glory.

    Joel Leslie Froomkin's performance was beyond awesome. The voices and accents he used were done very well. I can only imagine how much of a challenge the speaking backward part of the book was, but he did it amazingly well.

    While this is technically a YA book, it is not juvenile & very enjoyable for an adult listener. There is a little bit of romance between Henry & The Hatter but it is understated and very sweet.

    I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B. Lane
    Kent, OH
    08/12/17
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    "Boy Alice visits Wonderland"

    A new take on the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice is now in her 20's with twins named Lewis and Carol! This time it's her brother Henry who is whisked away to the magical land. Henry never believed Alice's tales of Wonderland growing up and still doesn't until now. Upon arriving, he is met by the Hatter, who becomes his companion. Hatter is on the run from the Queen, who has ordered him to be beheaded. Seems these days, that's her solution to everything. Henry is also trying to find a way back home, but must find the Looking Glass again. Hatter thinks he knows where it may be, but there is much danger in trying to get there, not only from the Queen's guards after them, but from the crazy world of Wonderland itself. Along the way, the two men become drawn to each other. Can they survive and keep their heads long enough to do something about that?

    Dakota Chase has brilliantly brought Wonderland back to life and added to that world and the characters. There is much humor along with the danger. Being a YA book, I have to admit the only thing that bothered me was that the attraction between the two men felt kind of forced and thrown in for much of the book. Chapters would go by with no mention and then suddenly there is a little section describing one of the men's attraction to the other. Then nothing for a long time again. It doesn't really become an integral part of the story until maybe 3/4 of the way through the book. But that's my only nitpick.

    Otherwise, I really enjoyed this and my favorite narrator, Joel Froomkin, does an absolutely fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. Every one who speaks gets a unique voice complete with accents. There is really nothing Joel can't do to add life and fun to every novel he narrates!

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan A Skye
    26/10/17
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    "Nice spin for YA listeners"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lani samayoa
    25/10/17
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    "A great new take on the Wizard of Oz!"

    This story is amazing! I was kind of annoyed with Henry in the beginning of the story, but he totally redeemed himself. The Hatter was quirky without being over the top an easy character to love. This story is lovely book about learning to have an open mind and not be so quick to judge things because of the way they appear. Joel Froomkin made each character come to life in a way that had me completely invested in their well being. I looked forward to listening to this story every spare moment I had so that I could hear what happened next to Henry and the Hatter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle B
    United States
    23/10/17
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    "The gay YA Alice in Wonderland sequel "

    This is a fun breezy listen. Taking place fifteen or so years after Alice's trip to Wonderland, it did throw me a bit when I realized it was taking place in modern day and not a hundred or so years later. It doesn't really make a lot of difference, but I would've preferred if they'd stuck to the original period.
    The real selling point here is Wonderland and it is beautifully portrayed, mad, strange and wonderful. Hatter is a delightful character, zany, witty and untrustworthy.
    I'd love to see a sequel.
    Joel Froomkin as always does a great performance. He gives each character their own distinctive voice so that you get a full cast feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • brandy
    12/10/17
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    "magical"

    that was just wonderful!! the hater was just as crazy and as loveable as I had hoped, and I laughed throughout the whole story. the only thing that would have made it better, was if there had been more then just kissing,I would have love to see the two go beyond that and make love. I did wish that the ending had not been so rushed, once they meet the Queen, everything moved far too quickly for my liking.
    the person reading the story was also great, he seemed to have fun with the different characters and their voices. I especially liked the red King and queens voices, too funny!! but if course the mad hatter was still my # 1 favorite, his voice worked perfectly with the unique type of craziness that is the hatter! I would definitely recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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