Heartless By Marissa Meyers
Read by Rebecca Soler
Summary from Goodreads:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
So I am pretty sure that you don’t need another review telling you how fabulous this book is. It truly is magnificent, every word is just perfect. The characters are believable and I can see how the original Alice stories influenced and shaped this prequel. I think this is my second favorite Wonderland retell (I think A.G. Howard’s is still my favorite, but it is so hard to choose.) I absolutely loved Jest, and even though there was some insta-love between him and Cath, I could forgive that. I think I would have instantly fallen in love with him too. Now, wether that love would survive everything they went through, not so sure. All of the characters were wonderful, I especially loved Cheshire, he so reminded me of a cat I owned.
So enough about the book itself, what I really want to talk about is the amazing job Rebecca Soler did as the reader. I have not found many women readers that I really enjoy listening to, or ones that I would seek out other audio books they have done, but I will definitely keep an eye out for more by Rebecca. Her voice as Cath was perfect. She started out sounding like a teenage girl, but by the end she not only sounded all grown-up, but also like someone who has seen great tragedy and has been changed by it. She also does a fabulous job of creating other voices for the other characters, specifically Cheshire and Jest as well as many others. I would compare her to Jim Dale in that respect. I borrowed this audio book from the library, but I think it will be one that I will buy, as I will definitely being listening to it again.
Even if you already read Heartless, you should consider listening to the audiobook. This is certainly my favorite listen of the year so far!
Check it out for yourself, here is an audio clip from Soundcloud: