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. This unabridged recording lets listeners of all ages enjoy every moment of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, including The Wasp in a Wig – a lost episode of Through the Looking Glass that is not included in most familiar editions.
Recording the lost material here for the first time, actor Christopher Plummer brings both new and familiar characters to life, including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and—of course—Alice herself.
Public Domain (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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."
"A classic, but hard to hear"
I'm enjoying listening to this audio book, I'm reminded of reading this many years ago. I have one gripe though; when the narrator is doing Alice's voice he tends to get very quiet and his voice turns into a mumbling whisper... which is annoying because the rest of the book is read really well and very clearly.
"I should have read the other reviews! Inaudible.."
The classic book being read is rather wonderful and interesting, the actor reading it is a versatile and talented man, BUT, his "Alice" voice really is too low and quiet to actually be heard. This ruins the whole recording; if you want to listen in a car, don't even bother trying, you won't be able to hear most of it. The volume levels are the reason why this gets one star- I wish I had heeded the other reviewers advice and not bought it. It IS a bargain, at first glance anyway, but as it's impossible to hear the majority of the book, it was a waste of money. I did want to like it though- unabridged, super reader, great book etc.
"Excellent but be aware"
The book for the most part is brilliantly voiced by Christopher Plummer. He gives unique voices to suit each of the characters that is will certainly entertain.
However be aware that his voice for Alice can be difficult to hear at times - it is a very low whisper. The book is still worth buying but be prepared to turn up the volume on your headphones for certain parts where Alice speaks. The whispering voice for Alice varies throughout the book therefore volume adjustments are not always necessary.
I bought this as my friends little girl was raving about the book and I said I would read it and give her my opinion. I don't have a lot of reading time so the audio version was perfect! I had previously read Alice in Wonderland but never Alice through the looking glass and was surprised that some of the characters I knew were in that book! I did enjoy listening to it although I had to rewind it sometimes as it could be a little confusing jumping scenes. I would recommend to avid Carroll fans but probably not to anyone else.
"Christopher Plummer makes this exceptional"
It seems like everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland from birth almost, as it's truly a classic tale and woven into our culture over many, many years. I had never actually taken the time to read it so got this audio book. Christopher Plummer brought it to life in a whole new way, doing many funny voices and expressing nuances so well that I was laughing out loud very often and hooked as if it was a new story to me. Thoroughly enjoyed every second.
"different voices/accents distracting"
I completely agree with the first reviewer here. The voice the narrator assumes for Alice is a timid, low whisper. If it's not the for the fact that I know this novel very well, I may not be able to understand much of what Alice says. The same goes for the voice he assumes for the dormouse – in fact it's worse as it's barely audible. So for these two characters, it is the volume of the speech that is the problem.
Also, the narrator assumes a VERY heavy French accent for the mouse – why is that so? I know Alice thought that it was a French mouse but the novel itself does not identify it as such.
The Hatter seems to be speaking in a gayish accent, to my ears – why is that so? It's distracting.
Overall, I very much enjoyed the non-dialogue part of the audio book - the narrator has a clear voice and an animated style of narrating. But the different voice qualities and accents he assumes for the different characters in dialogues are not so satisfactory in my opinion.
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