Not this version. I loved Christopher Plummer's range of characters but all the small characters (including Alison when talking to herself) were so quiet I had to keep cranking up the volume and still couldn't understand some lines. (and I am not deaf) Then the next character would BOOM in response, deafening me. I had to give up using headphones entirely to finish the book and then bought the hardcopy so I could read the parts I couldn't hear. Perhaps a sound engineer could make it listenable?!
That a story of utter nonsense could become a classic!
Only with a better sound engineer so you can hear when he whispers. I really was delighted with his range of characters--never thought he had it in him!
No. It was a little manic to take all at once!
If you are looking for a good book to listen to in a silent room, by yourself, with nothing else going on and completely sound proof to the outside world then you have found the perfect book. Otherwise, have fun listening to a man whisper. I actually started laughing out loud at the idea of me, going about my day, to the constant, unintelligible whisper of an old man. Which is exactly what I was doing up until that moment, except when he decided to scream in my ear. There is no happy medium in this book. The beginning of Through the Looking Glass is as far as I got and it was just too absurdly irrational to go on. Christopher Plummer is dynamic, never doubt it, but "too dynamic" is a thing this audiobook has come to make me believe in.
I was very excited for this book and at first the performance was great! Yet, as the book continued I noticed that he would whisper so quietly that I could not hear what he was saying. He would also use obnoxious accents for some of the characters that were hard to decipher which made me feel like I was missing important things from Alice and other characters. I feel like he tried very hard to do a dramatic reading and he definitely succeeded but went over-board. I do not recommend this version of the book.
I am planning to use the book for my private high school students. They need to read this
kind of book. There are so many junk-books today. (retired teacher)
Yes, but with reservations. They are, of course, two of the great English childrens' books written for adults, and are best heard out loud, particularly the poetry. The problem is that Christopher Plummer makes some very unfortunate choices for the second book, "Through the Looking Glass." His voice for the gnat, for instance, is unintelligible, nearly inaudible. Some of the reviews I read for this disparage Carroll's characters for their annoying, hysterical tantrums. It's true that "Looking Glass" (the inferior of the two) has some moments of total chaos and mawkish sentimentality, but this is not Plummer's fault. What is, is his unaccountably unhinged rendition of those characters.
Plummer's rendition of 'Tis the Voice of the Lobster' had me laughing aloud. "Beautiful sooooooooup!"
It's too hard to choose a favorite character: the charming little French mouse, the properly Hanoverian Queen of Hearts, the slightly fey Mad Hatter; they are all, in "Wonderland" at least, perfectly pitched. As aforementioned, less so in "Looking Glass."
Herb Teas Trees and British Comedies
Lewis Carroll's Alice books are perhaps the two most wonderfully linguistic books I've ever read. Comming from a deep appreciation of the use of the english language as poetry and style with authors like Douglas Addams, Hunter S. Thompson, Shakespeare, and even contemporaries like Monty Python, etc. I like the use of language in unusual ways and (probably nerdily) take pleasure in alliteration, puns, allusion, double entendre... and so on.
In this spirit, the writing of Carroll outshines the best! Altho the novel has a running narrative and the individual encounters link together (however surrealistically), Each Section is itsself absolutely the most like an independent Dream. The Surrealism is powerfully superb and evocative. Each encounter then stands as its own universe... and each with its own linguistic subtexts, games, hidden jokes, and rhythms...
I must get a hard copy as I'd love to recite passages aloud... it's that good!
Alice is full of so many memorable conceptions and inner logics... while every event is deeply absurd, it yet appears to seem self logical in wonderful and magical ways... I loved the actual passing through the looking glass... the kittens... all of Alice's little kind or polite acts... her own internal reasoning... her monologues...
So many Voices! So much Variety! Every character has not only it's own tone, but often it's own accent and speech tendancies... on the down side however, his voice is so naturally deep I found turning down the bass made his high voices Far More Hearable... he gets to the high bits just fine but his depth is so much stronger it can make the 'little' voices too little by comparison.
Ever had a dream where you were a little girl in a strange land?
I kept thinking of the only other Alice reference I knew of (disney) and was confused by the differences... Dis' took some real liberties with the story... supposing I think that the original was dreamy and had an absurdist streak, I guess the figured characters, places, conceptions, and events were not so much linked in any concrete way and could be jossled if wished... making up their own bits a lot in the meantime...
Alice's adventures are Surrealist in its purest state. Let your mind Wonder (not Wander) and take pleasure in the picture. It's not that it Doesn't or Never add up, but it tends to do so in unusual and less important ways... often the language itsself or a subtext concept are the strongest defining shapers of the experience... less that some sort of greater framework is being constructed... like in a dream, sometimes things matter, and sometimes it simply Is one way... or another... and that's that.
I love how witty and crazy Wonderland is. It's really wonderful view of Victorian society, childhood and coming of age.
The cheshire cat! He's madly brilliant.
yes it is a classic
the mad hatter and the queen both so crazy
not necessarily but every now and then
This its obviously a classic story, but it's ruined by the narration. While I appreciate the enthusiasm and the effort to create distinct voices for all the different characters, majority of the voices are SO annoying to listen to, it makes the story unbearable. I couldn't even get through the second book. Definitely a better read than a listen. AVOID!