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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass | [Lewis Carroll]

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.
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First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

All the delightful and bizarre inhabitants of Wonderland are here: the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, the hooka-smoking Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Ugly Duchess . . and, of course, Alice herself - growing alternately taller and smaller, attending demented tea parties and eccentric croquet games, observing everything with clarity and rational amazement.

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 11-10-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Very Special"

    This was an interesting experience for me. I adored the animated Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. I watched it as a child, and then when my little brother was a child and I was a teen I discovered it again and it became one of my favorite things. I've always loved Alice in Wonderland imagery and art.

    Recently I was looking for an inexpensive fiction audiobook on audible and it occurred to me that somehow I had never read the real stories of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Making this all the more surprising is the fact that I got my degree in English (and it took me a LONG time to graduate so I took quite a few classes). Sure, I'd covered the Jabberwocky and some of the other poems or scenes in school, but somehow I just never had the opportunity to read these wonderful books all the way through. So while I was familiar with these stories, I was finally getting to experience "the real thing," or at least the original thing.

    I think my favorite aspect of the stories is the character of Alice herself. I love the personality that Carroll created for her and the way she talks and thinks. It's easy to appreciate all the little nonsensical twists and jokes that Carroll came up with to explain things being upside down and backward. There's quite a bit of humor in the stories and at some points I definitely laughed audibly.

    Something that I never realized was that the Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" is not a film version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" but a new story altogether. It is a combination of "Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." I never knew how much of "Looking Glass" was incorporated into the animated film.

    However, it isn't just a combination in the sense that there are parts of both stories in the film. I always assumed that much of the original work was left out of the story told by the film. What I never realized was that much of the movie plot is very different from the way things happen in the book. I found it interesting that the screen play writers took little bits from some scenes of the book and used them in different ways in their movie.

    For example, The Queen in the animated film is really a combination of "The Queen of Hearts" from "Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Red Queen" from "Looking Glass." The "Unbirthday" joke appears as a part of the Tea Party scene in the film, but it occurs in a totally different part of the story in the book. In the book, it is Alice who can't remember the poem about the Busy Bee and instead recites a version about the Little Crocodile. In the animated version it is the Caterpillar that comes up with that new version.

    One aspect of the books that really confused me was when characters referred to as "The Hatter" and "The Hare" appear in "Looking Glass" during the Lion and Unicorn scenes. They don't seem to remember seeing her before. That could be explained away by the fact that things are so weird in the imaginary land. However, Alice doesn't seem to recognize them either, and that's a bit more puzzling. In fact, so far as I could perceive, there's no evidence given that these actually are the same characters seen in "Wonderland" referred to as "The Mad Hatter" and "The March Hare." Perhaps they are completely different characters, but it's hard to understand why Carroll would have done that.

    While I loved the books about as much as I expected, I think a lot of that had to do with being familiar with the characters and the stories from the animated film and from the art work. I have to admit that there were a few times that I thought to myself that if I had never seen the movie I'm not sure I would have found this or that scene or this or that character at all interesting.

    The two major examples of this for me were the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat. In the original story, the Caterpillar scene is fairly brief and doesn't have any of the same feel as the scene as depicted in the movie. As for the Cheshire Cat, his original character is similar to the one from the film, but he isn't very mischievous and his brief reappearance at the croquet match has little impact on the action. I came to the conclusion that the illustrations that were included in the books must have had a major influence on the book's popularity.

    Michael Page does a great job as narrator. Obviously, the story can only be told by a narrator with an old-time British accent. His done and rhythm are perfect. He also does a very impressive job coming up with clearly distinguishable and consistent voices for the many different characters.

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    Gail Wood Central, NY 12-31-13
    Gail Wood Central, NY 12-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc

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    "Classicall Silliness"
    Any additional comments?

    What is there to say about the iconic Alice? The narrator is wonderful. I just don't have patience for this silliness.

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    Jim Hall 12-18-13
    Jim Hall 12-18-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wildly inventive, classic wordplay"

    This is a very old piece of writing, so the style is old fashioned, and I'm very sure it helped me to listen to this story as opposed to reading it. There were a few places where it would momentarily seem to drag on a bit, but then a new situation with new characters would come along and rescue it.

    Lewis Carroll was amazingly clever when it came to the use of words, and both Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass contain numerous instances of truly classic quotable dialogue, particularly with Humpty Dumpty.

    Mr. Page appears to be endlessly inventive when it comes to voice characterizations; it was possible to distinguish between the White Queen and the Red Queen, for instance. He was an excellent choice to narrate.

    I’m very glad I finally “read” these classics. I loved them!

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    Adrienne Charlotte, MI, United States 01-03-12
    Adrienne Charlotte, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Family Story"

    I love having selections that I can listen to with my family on road trips or even just on a quiet Sunday afternoon. This totally fits the bill!

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    William Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-27-11
    William Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another trip down the rabbit hole."
    If you could sum up Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the trip. It has been 30 years since I last read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland it was great to navigate through the world Lewis Carroll created.


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    Mike Fisher Salt Lake City, Utah 12-27-11
    Mike Fisher Salt Lake City, Utah 12-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another trip down the rabbit hole."
    If you could sum up Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the trip. It has been 30 years since I last read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland it was great to navigate through the world Lewis Carroll created.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Saint Andrews, Australia 12-27-11
    Helen Saint Andrews, Australia 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Alice, a classic revisited."
    What did you love best about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

    Being able to re-live this wonderful classic in audio.


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

    The Mad Hatters tea party, i love this scene.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


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    Aaron 12-17-11
    Aaron 12-17-11
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    "Very Good"

    Obviously a wonderful story and narrator Michael Page does a wonderful job with the Carroll's rhythmic prose and whimsical characters.

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    cherrie NORFOLK, VA, United States 10-31-11
    cherrie NORFOLK, VA, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book series"

    This is one of the most amazing classics in history. It is full of imagination and makes you think alone the way.

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    Ian Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-29-11
    Ian Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic and Excellent Story"

    Very fun story. I have seen various Alice in Wonderland movies, and none of them capture Lewis Carrolls whimsy, entertainment, and insight like the book. It is a fun often non-sensical adventure with a lot of clever insights such as Alice "often giving herself good advice, but very seldom following it." All the characters are interesting, but Carroll creates his most intriguing character in Alice. She is precocious but loveable and a very deep thinker- at least in her own mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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