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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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 04-13-15
    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor Audio Mixing"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration matched the pace, but the high / low of the audio mixing was very poor. For example, the narrator would often whisper when talking like Alice making it very hard to hear those lines. We had to turn our volume up fully only to be blasted when that portion was over.


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    joey 03-30-15
    joey 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic"

    Classic stories, but the narrator is awful. He tries so hard to do unique voices for every character, but most of them are impossible to understand. He just grunts and breathes the words (I'm assuming Lewis Carroll wrote actual words, as opposed to strings of guttural noises). Adventures in wonderland was ok, but Through the Looking Glass isn't even worth listening to.

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    L. Michael 03-17-15
    L. Michael 03-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Alice & Christopher Plummer are AMAZING"
    Would you listen to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass again? Why?

    The book is a classic and Christopher Plummer's reading is a classic. Win/Win for the listener.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is brought to life by the meaningful, funny, instinctive voices portrayed by the reader.


    What about Christopher Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


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    robin perkins 03-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Like it!"

    Expressive narrator. a very lovely book. It came to my exceptions. I like it very much! I think you will enjoy the book very much it is very funny!

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    Oliver New York, NY, United States 02-09-15
    Oliver New York, NY, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic"

    Supremely rendered by Plummer.
    Ignore the haters-- this is not your normal story, and Its' narration is equally quirky, delightful and unmatched.
    This is the one to get. I loved it.

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    Gyna Chicago, IL, United States 10-30-14
    Gyna Chicago, IL, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Performance is Amazing"

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BB APO, AE, United States 08-20-14
    BB APO, AE, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009

    Editor, www.neglectedbooks.com

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    "Astonishly versatile and funny performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KB's Mom 07-13-14
    KB's Mom 07-13-14 Member Since 2014

    I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.

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    "Alice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to be better than the print version?

    Yes. So much better.


    What other book might you compare Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to and why?

    None


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

    Christopher Plummer's narration is spot on. Every character has its own voice. I love the sound of his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jolie Brackenridge, PA, United States 10-02-13
    Jolie Brackenridge, PA, United States 10-02-13
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    "I'm all mad, here, too"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did very much enjoy the voice acting choices Plummer made for the Cheshire Cat.


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Plummer’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just very disappointed. Fantastic classic story and amazing actor added up to much less than the sum of its parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kelly 03-21-13
    kelly 03-21-13
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    "magnificent narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely the best narration for the best story ever written.


    What about Christopher Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Brought it to life just perfectly. Christopher performed all the characters perfectly and charmingly!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And then again right away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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