by Lisa Jensen
Published by: Blackstone Audiobooks
Narrator: Ralph Lister
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy. Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their never-ending game. "Alias Hook" is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale perfect for fans of Gregory Maguire and Paula Brackston.
I loved Peter Pan as a young girl and dreamed of flying to Neverland. I wanted to spend time with Peter, Wendy, Tink and the Lost Boys. Like most children, I loved and hated Captain Hook. He was the perfect villain to my handsome young hero Peter. So when I saw reviews of Alias Hook an adult novel about Neverland and Captain James Benjamin Hook I knew I had to read it. Brilliant, captivating and clever Alias Hook was an audible book I adored from start to finish.
Five reasons to grab your ear-buds and listen to Alias Hook
1. The writing is simply wonderful from the way that it flowed to the vivid details of Neverland. This is meant for adults and the language can get colorful, but it also offered a unique perspective casting Hook and his crew in a whole new light.
2. Captain James Benjamin Hook. Ralph Lister did an excellent job of giving him voice and Jenson truly fleshed him out making me see this pirate in an entirely new light. Gone are the images from movies and the Disney animation. Jensen gave us his back story and I found all of the details delightful. We sees his flaws, frustrations and yes his fear of the croc.
3. Stella Parrish is a grown woman who makes her way to Neverland and forever changes James. I adored this snarky, clever woman. She says what she thinks, and it was often hilarious. Her reasons for dreaming her way to Neverland were interesting, and her role in the tale was well dome.
4. It is Neverland! There are battles with the Lost Boys, secrets, fairies and of course Peter Pan. Jensen brought the ship and island to life in vivid 3-D.
5. Alias Hook while based on Peter Pan completely stands on its own and offers a new twist on Neverland.. Lessons were learned, a romance developed, and both Jenson and Lister weaved their magic making me lose myself in the story.
Alias Hook was a brilliant tale and one I would recommend to those who believe.
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