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Alice I Have Been - A Novel

Melanie Benjamin

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole-and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful? Alice Liddell Hargreaves's life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she's experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only "Alice." Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year-the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice-he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice's childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey. A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire. From the Hardcover edition.

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole-and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful? Alice Liddell Hargreaves's life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she's experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only "Alice." Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year-the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice-he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice's childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey. A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire. From the Hardcover edition.
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Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole-and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling. But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful? Alice Liddell Hargreaves's life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she's experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only "Alice." Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year-the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice-he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice's childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey. A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Samantha Eggar

Length:

12h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:13


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:58


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:18


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:22


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:07


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:19


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:19


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:25


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:30