I don't write reviews, but thought I should, just on account of the performance. There are many different versions on Audible, so I thought this might make a difference in making up one's mind. I can't really comment on the story, nor would I... most of us have know it since childhood. The performance however is fantastic. If you are going to buy a version, this one is crazy entertaining. He puts sooo much emphasis on making the characters truly individulized (no.. that's not a word).
I hope you took this opinion seriously and decide its the right choice of those available. ENJOY!!!
I am in awe of Christopher Plummer's enormous range of vocal characterizations, many of them hysterically idiosyncratic and affected. I could easily listen to this again just to marvel at his audacity. He threw himself headlong into this performance. Nothing you've seen him do on screen will prepare you for this, and perhaps it's his experience as a dramatic, subtle actor that provided him with a rock-solid foundation from which to launch into dizzingly comic heights. Wonderful.
I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.
Yes. So much better.
Christopher Plummer's narration is spot on. Every character has its own voice. I love the sound of his voice.
Someone who enjoys bawdy, over-the-top narration might enjoy it—though it's difficult to enjoy even if you do like the narration style because the sound design is just horribly subpar. It's sometimes so quiet or low that you can barely hear it or make out the words, then suddenly blares loudly.
I did very much enjoy the voice acting choices Plummer made for the Cheshire Cat.
I love Christopher Plummer. It's why I chose this edition of the audibook over others (though I may now try Fiona Shaw and Michael York's versions—I very much enjoy them as actors so I'm hoping perhaps the narration will be more pleasing to me and with better sound design.)
I felt that Plummer's narration of the character voices was just much too exaggerated. Of course I don't mean to sound ridiculous in that obviously, the stories of Alice in Wonderland are absurd and over the top as are the characters. But to me, it was much too much loud whining, sobbing, hollering that it began to feel like the aural centers of my brain were being scrubbed with steel wool.
I do very much like Plummer's narration as The Narrator proper, but I don't care much for the pairing of his voicing and Lewis Carroll's characters in most all instances in this book.
Just very disappointed. Fantastic classic story and amazing actor added up to much less than the sum of its parts.
Absolutely the best narration for the best story ever written.
Brought it to life just perfectly. Christopher performed all the characters perfectly and charmingly!
Yes. And then again right away.
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."