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Wonderland

Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

Shirley Jackson meets The Shining in this richly atmospheric and thrillingly tense new novel from the acclaimed author of the "deliciously creepy" debut Baby Teeth (New York Post).

One mother's love may be all that stands between her family, an enigmatic presence - and madness.

After years of city life, Orla and Shaw Bennett are ready for the quiet of New York's Adirondack mountains - or at least, they think they are. Settling into the perfect farmhouse with their two children, they are both charmed and unsettled by the expanse of their land, the privacy of their individual bedrooms, and the isolation of life a mile from any neighbor.

But none of the Bennetts could expect what lies waiting in the woods, where secrets run dark and deep. When something begins to call to the family - from under the earth, beneath the trees, and within their minds - Orla realizes she might be the only one who can save them...if she can find out what this force wants before it's too late.

With an ending inescapable and deeply satisfying, Wonderland brilliantly blends horror and suspense to probe the boundaries of family, loyalty, love, and the natural world.

©2020 Zoje Stage (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Zoje Stage's Wonderland is a mesmerizing journey into the darkest realms of the supernatural; a family, escaping the perils of city life, discovers that the splendors of nature can mask a hidden face of savage, unnameable terror." (Kathleen Kent, author of The Burn)

"Memorable imagery.... Stage's darkly lyrical writing style shines." (Publishers Weekly)

"Oh, fright fans rejoice. That sure hand you're looking for? That relentless climb, that crescendo of cold sweat? It's all here. Deep in the woods, under a lot of snow, steeped in mad, unfamiliar nature. Zoje Stage is in total control of your nightmare. For those who live to be scared, Wonderland is the book you'll be glad you cracked open at home, alone, at night." (Josh Malerman, New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box and Malorie)

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  • Catrina D.
  • 15-07-20

This is a sci-fi book

I LOVED baby teeth by this author, I was so excited for this book, but I do NOT like sci-fi, and that’s what this is.

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  • Maria
  • 22-07-20

It had such potential...

I loved the premise of this book, especially being a gal who lives in the remote north woods. It started off brilliantly, with fantastic writing and incredible descriptions that conveyed the creepiness of the story, the unsettled feelings that Orla had. I rubbed my hands together in glee at the eerie story that lie ahead. But, all that anticipation and appreciation went down the drain as each hour of the book passed. As a plus, I suppose, I kept listening to the end, hoping the book would redeem itself. Usually I toss audiobooks aside when they start getting boring or silly, so for the fact that I listened until the last word, I'll give the story two stars. But the whole thing just got weird. Really weird, like "you probably won't get into the storyline unless you're on some serious hallucinogens" kind of weird. Magic, pentagrams, Wicca, fantastical apparitions and spirit possessions and the unrealistic story of a family trapped in their woodland home by an ancient tree spirit. It was all too much. Combine that with not-so-subtle Jesus-bashing and the underlying theme of feminism and the whole thing just made me roll my eyes. It was disappointing, because it had so much potential. At least Xe Sands did a terrific job, as usual. By the time the totally implausible ending came about (i.e. they all lived happily ever after), I was over it. Enter this "Wonderland" at your own risk. Make sure you realize it's more black magic fantasy than psychological or outdoor survival thriller.

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  • SJ
  • 20-07-20

Couldn't finish. Disappointed!!!

Loved Baby Teeth, listened a second time while waiting for her second book. Can't even finish this, and the fake baby-voice narrator did not help. I like the writing and imagination and will look for her next book. Sorry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-20

my eyes rolled every time I heard ELEANOR QUEEN

everything is just ridiculous in this book, even the kids names are laughable. I tried really hard to finish it but I couldn't take it any longer.

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  • Silvia
  • 25-09-20

Strange.

Don't know what to make of it. i loved Babyteeth. i set myself up for too high an expectation.

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  • Housepants97
  • 18-09-20

Pretty dumb but

I couldn’t put it down. Weird how the mom basically gets Sophie’s Choice’d and it’s kiiind of not a huge deal for her. Also— the tree was a dick from day one.

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  • Dogman07
  • 14-08-20

Not exactly what I was expecting

The story was great and I loved the narrator so lets get that put of the way first. The description was The Shining meets House on Haunted Hill and thats pretty close. It just didn’t really grab me as a story about a Haunted House. Was it creepy? Yes. Would I buy it again? Yes. Just temper your expectations a little. Im curious to know if the author is a peagan or was just telling a story because it seemed like they were trying to make a statement without cramming it down your throat.

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  • Dan Campbell
  • 05-08-20

Disappointing

First half of the book I was certain she had ripped off The Shining. Second half dragged on forever and became repetitive. The ending was utterly unsatisfying. That’s 10 hours of my life I won’t get back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-20

A Slog to Get Through

Only made it halfway through the book to give it a fair chance. No horror has happened, only the story of a woman going on to the next phase in her life and her thoughts on every bit of it....tedious, slow and monotonous.

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  • barney lobar
  • 03-08-20

Slow start but built creepily to the end

There were several times where I almost stopped listening. Just seemed to be heading nowhere. Then it finally gets creepy and eerie. So overall, I felt it was worth the listen.