Unhinged Audiobook by A. G. Howard, narrated by Rebecca Gibel

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Review of: Unhinged Audiobook
Audiobook:
A.G. Howard

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On February 5, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015

Summary:

Unhinged Audiobook

By: A. G. Howard

Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel

Published by: Angry Robot and Brilliance Audio 1/08/2014

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4 Hearts rating image Hot ListensSplintered Series # 2

13 hrs and 12 mins

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the Bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up at school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland – where she (partly) belongs.

 

Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Listeners will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.

©2014 A.G. Howard (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc

Unhinged Audiobook Sample

I like to thank the Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

My thoughts

If you are new to the series, you can read  my thoughts on Splintered (book # 1) HERE.

While the world of Wonderland was offstage in Unhinged, the relationship between the characters, the progress in their development,  and  Alyssa’s  parents back story made Unhinged an entertaining listen despite its slow beginning.

Unlike its predecessor Unhinged  (book # 2 in the series) lacked a little  of the wonder and the richness I enjoyed so much in Splintered, that’s  not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did.

If you are a  big fan of Splintered you might be a little disappointed, the human world could never be as entertaining as  Ms. Howard’s Wonderland; nevertheless, the advances in the  story make Unhinged a worthy sequel of this fascinating series.

We still see  and enjoy much of the magical imagination from Ms. Howard. Her story telling is unique, dark, creepy and original as ever.

There is a  spin on a main  character that might have felt awkward and not really believable since it’s so different from the impression I got in Splintered, but Ms. Howard managed to make it work in Unhinged, adding an unexpected twist that just enriched the story.

Ms. Howard teases and pulls our streams in two different directions, although, in my case, I know which way I want it to go; I’m a big fan of that cover, so you can imagine my heart’s direction, plus I just love mysterious, dark and a bit unreliable characters; those are the kind that keep me on my toes……And I love that!

So yes, I got a favorite, but I don’t blame you for falling for the good, and all too loyal  boy.

No crazy trip down to the rabbit hole in Unhinged, but  that doesn’t stop wonderland for coming for Alyssa, and for making this entry another thrilling ride.

Morpheus, the constant companion and what seems to be a permanent fixture in Alyssa’s mind, is determined to make her come back to rescue Wonderland, and between the eminent danger Alyssa faces from the Red Queen, and the added strain in her relationship with Jeb (due to her inability to talk to him about what transpired in Wonderland) we find our little heroine struggling to find her placement, when she should be just a happy teen getting ready for her school  graduation.

Just when we think we know where the story is heading, another twist derails our thoughts…. And that’s another part I found very enjoyable

I’m not a huge fan of cliffhangers, but yet again, I found myself in another one, and  I’ve been left with my heart torn, and dying for the next book.

The Author

A. G. Howard

 

A. G. Howard Author of Unhinged

Unhinged Audiobook narration

by

Rebecca Gibel

B +

Rebecca Gibel

My thoughts about Unhinged are just from a listener’s point of view; I have only experienced this series on audio.

I’m happy to say once again that narrator Rebecca Gibel does a terrific job with the interpretation of the story and its characters.

Her tempo, pace, and  her array voices make these books a great listen.

Although, when I first listened to Splintered, I thought Ms. Gibel’s interpretation of Morpheus was just adequate, I LOVED it in Unhinged. She really makes you feel the devilish nature behind the character.

She does a wonderful job with Alyssa; she delivers a likable character by softening some traits  that I might have found frustrating if  they weren’t delivered in such sympathetic manner.

And a big YES for Jeb’s fans, she does a great interpretation.

All in all, this is a good performance by  this talented narrator that once again knows how to get out of the way, and just lets the characters tell the story while she nicely  transports you to the setting and accurately lets you experience the magic in A. G. Howard’s writing.

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  1. I’m in the middle of typing up my review for this one and was struggling on how to describe Gibel’s narration so when I saw your post, I just HAD to peek. If it wasn’t for the audiobook, I think this one would have been close to a DNF for me. Between the love triangle, lack of action, and sparse Wonderland elements—it dragged. You’re right, the human world just doesn’t compare! Great review, I felt the same. 🙂

    • Yeah, I wonder the same, maybe if I’ve read instead I wouldn’t had found it as entertaining. Definitely not as good as the first book (which I really, really enjoyed) Some how I’m still excited about the next book, I got a good feeling about it 🙂
      I really enjoyed Gibel’s narration.

      • I have found that I have stuck with books because of the narrator before. This probably isn’t for me but Rebecca is good. I can see her making a book far more interesting than it would be otherwise.

        • Yes, a good narrator can make a just OK story a much more enjoyable experience. I think in this case, the author did such a great job with the first book that it was close to impossible to match the expectations, but Rebecca Gibel just got better at it 🙂

  2. I want to read/listen to Splintered but I am not sure about book two. They do work as standalone right?

    • Splintered can be enjoyed as an standalone, in fact I think the author had no plans on continuing the story when I first listened to it. I can’t say the same for Unhinged as is a continuation of the story, and not as good as the first book. I Loved Splintered.

      I should mention that on my review ah? Thanks Kimba 🙂

  3. I am seriously loving that cover. I need to give these a read. Have really been enjoying the fairy tale revamps lately. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Unhinged is the second book in the series, and while is was good, the first book Splintered was a fabulous book and an interesting spin on Alice in Wonderland. I highly recommend it, but I think you would be disappointed if you go right to this one.
      I love that cover too 🙂

  4. This is one of those series that I bypassed at TXLA & have been kicking myself ever since. Good thing is I can rectify it & hopefully sooner rather than later.

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I have when you finally get to it, specially the first book in the series, Splintered. I though it was a brilliant spin on Alice and Wonderland. This book was good, but it falls a little behind in some aspects I loved in Splintered, as it was a very tough act to follow.

  5. I’ve been hoping I would see an audio review of this series – I really want to read it and I seem to get through my audio reads much quicker than physical ones. So yay – I’m glad you enjoyed Rebecca! I’m going to go add this to my audible wishlist 🙂

    • I think you would love book 1(Splintered), and that one can be read as standalone. This one was good, but I was so impressed with her debut that my expectations got too high, but I still enjoyed it.
      The narration is very good.

  6. This is my next shot of YA. I keep on forgetting, got sidetracked by oneMs Delilah Dawson!

    • You know, I never enjoyed YA titles until I started to get into audiobooks; in fact, it was a YA book the started my obsession back in 2008 (Twilight..LOL) I loved that series on audio! I couldn’t get enough of those books..LOL…I’ve come a long way in Romance since..
      I hope it’s as good of a read as it was on audio, specially, Splintered 🙂

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