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
Christopher Plummer has the perfect voice for this classic - gentle for the narrator, shrill for the queen, mopey for the mock turtle. one of those narrators who, more than just reading the book, adds another dimension to its enjoyment.
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.
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.
The book is a classic and Christopher Plummer's reading is a classic. Win/Win for the listener.
The story is brought to life by the meaningful, funny, instinctive voices portrayed by the reader.
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.
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.
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