Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.
Public Domain (P)2009 B. J. Harrison
I am not going to review this book because just about everyone knows it by now. I had to review the audio book though because this is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. My first and favorite reading that BJ Harrison did was one of the Jeeves books by Wodehouse. This one was just as good and I loved hearing the characters brought to life, it is quite entertaining. I like to listen to audiobooks when I am going to sleep and this reading of a classic is one of my favorite. I can't even count the number of times I have listened to this book.
Someone with a better tolerance for the reader
Absolutely. Alice is a classic
Terrible voice for reading
It is truly weird.
I became curious after hearing commentary on Carrol's' math roots but picked up the book for my youngest daughter. Oh my God, I was floored by the originality in content. Especially in Sci-fi so many stories try to create an original world but none compare to this. I loved it.
I really wanted a narrator with more expression...I already had text to speech on my Kindle, and this wasn't much better. I also don't consider a podcast "professional" narration.
I am now trying to add a different narration to a different version of the book, and this one keeps being the default. Very frustrating.
The book was so choppy with the written word alone that it needed a performance with some pauses. The narrator had a wide variety of voices but it just lacked necessary pauses. Lastly, there was very little written describing the explorations in this alternate world. Any movie made about this has seriously enhanced the Wonderland.
I really enjoyed B.J. Harrison's reading of Alice. He did an excellent job. That said, some lines get very loud. I couldn't tell if it was Harrison yelling in some parts or if it was just a poor recording, but be mindful of the volume when he does some of his voices (ex. the griffin). The story itself isn't one of my favorites but the story has nonetheless had a profound impact on literature and culture and should be a story we all familiarize ourselves with.
Satisfying endings, strong women, triumph of the human spirit, humor & some non-sense.
I really enjoy this children's book enough to know it will be a repeat listen to be shared with grandchildren.I would recommend this story to anyone that I think would enjoy following the train of thought of the school aged girl as she moved through a dream world. Is very entertaining, especially read aloud with a talented narrator. I have both readings by Davina Porter and BJ Harrison in my library and enjoy them equally.
I enjoyed her silly train of thought and Lewis Carroll’s play on words through out. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a dream that is non-sense, and Alice tries to makes sense of it all. She falls asleep while sitting on a hillside with her sister who’s reading a book. “what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’Alice's dream becomes everything that her sister’s book is not. She goes along curiously and fearlessly, rehearsing to herself, her school lessons. If she’s not conversing with creatures she’s talking and thinking to herself about each puzzling circumstance. While conversing with a mouse ‘You promised to tell me your history, you know,’ said Alice, …Mouse, turning to Alice, and sighing. ‘Mine is a long and a sad tale!’ said the Mouse ‘It is a long tail, certainly,’ said Alice, looking down with wonder at the Mouse’s tail; ‘but why do you call it sad?’
"Feeling not herself she wonders if she’s someone else, one of her classmates. ‘I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ she said, ‘for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all; and I’m sure I can’t be Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh! she knows such a very little!” She goes on to test herself on some facts that Mable might not know.
This book is great to listen to in the car, before bed, in small increments. Each adventure paints a picture in your mind. From the hillside setting when she drifts to sleep, to her imagining entering the rabbit hole. There is thoughtful dialogue beginning to end.
Observing the sides of the hole lined with cupboards, Alice grabs a jar of marmalade from the shelf as she passes by some cupboards and then, thinks she doesn’t want o hurt anyone that might be under her so has time to put it back on another shelf rather than drop it. She imagines she’ll never have a fear of falling after this fall. She considers her geography lessons of latitude and longitude, and where she might end up falling to. She thinks about who might feed the cat tonight, and does some silly rhyming, still falling.
I enjoyed the story. The performance was good except for the moments when the narrator reads quietly and suddenly shouts some characters' lines. In order to not be startled out of my skin, I had to keep the volume low, missing portions of the story (especially Alice's encounter with the queen).
"A classic read poorly"
Alice is one of the great classics of children's literature but I cannot recommend this version. The narrator is wildly over-emphatic - listen how WHACKY and ZANY this is - and appears to be pitching this subtle satire, written by an Oxford don, at the under fives. It's very easy to spoil humour by trying too hard to make it funny instead of just letting the jokes emerge naturally which is what happens here.
Possibly this is one of those cases where a book is seen differently on each side of the Atlantic and this is how the USA perceives the book: in which case I'd love to hear a UK English version: Stephen Fry or Alan Bennett could do the text justice and give it some subtlety.
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