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Robert

CHICAGO, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey, Natasha Little, and others
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Donald says: "Loved it!"
    "Why such terrible singing?"
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    Where does BBC Radio Shakespeare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Christopher Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Eclectic Reader says: "Wonderful Book, Wonderful Performance"
    "Wonderland Good, Looking Glass Bad"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

    Plummer's rendition of 'Tis the Voice of the Lobster' had me laughing aloud. "Beautiful sooooooooup!"


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Plummer – was your favorite?

    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."


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