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.
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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.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
DON'T BE NERVOUS OR I'LL HAVE YOU EXCUTED ON THE SPOT
Silly at times, Deep at times, always original. It might seem violent at times, with all the talking about chopping off of heads, but it never happens. I like the way they solve that problem. Little kids might like the getting big and bigger stuff, it annoyed me. Falling in the hole was fun, the tea party was interesting and I liked the trail and I liked the card people. It seemed longer than I remembered and I not sure in how it all fit together. EVERYTHING HAS GOT A MORAL IF ONLY YOU CAN FIND IT. I could not find it.
Been some complaints about the narrator, I had none. Make sure and listen to the sample, that should be enough to tell you if the narrator is a problem for you.
I was surprised to hear that this was a podcast which means I probably paid .¢.50 for something that was free somewhere but I can't complain. B.J. Harrison does a wonderful job at narrating this classic and so I feel it was ¢.50 well spent.
Lovely version of an old favorite . Highly recommended. The reader does a great job with all of the different voices.
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.
B.J. Harrison. What a master of voices. This kind of book populated by these kinds of exaggerated and incredible characters demands a versatile and insane, but grounded voice and what a job Harrison does. Wow. I could not get enough of how much of a hold he has on so many characterizations, pitches, genders, and accents. And how deftly and quickly he moves among them. My favorite narrative experience so far on Audible. Just wow.
In terms of the story itself, I loved how matter of fact Lewis presented the incredible circumstances of his book. I got so used to the fantastical film versions of Wonderland that seeing it presented in its original form was refreshing and insightful.
Gotta admit I was biased towards the March Hare, because of Harrison's smooth voice for him. But Alice herself is quite fascinating, especially her trying to feel important by musing on latitude and longitude. That and her questioning her identity by the end. So much thematic richness there.
Near the end when Alice was at court. You can really tell she's matured by this point, just enough to be noticeable. It's amazing such a grounded arc was carefully weaved into the most fantastic of plotlines.
I did listen to it all in one go, mostly because it was short and I had the time.
I definitely want to know more about Lewis Carroll and his world of Wonderland. I haven't grown up with it or was too invested in the film adaptions so I'm pretty fresh-faced when it comes to the mythos.
I'm not saying every book by an English author should be read by an British, but this is a rare exception. Harrison just sounds all kinds of "wrong". If you have the kindle book, you should be able to get this for less than a dollar, which is why its completely worth it. If however you want a more memorable Alice in Wonderland rendition, I suggest you look elsewhere.
"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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