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.
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When I saw a few reviews that said how difficult it was to hear the reading, I downloaded the audiobook again to check. Over the years, I have listened to this work at least five times myself because I enjoyed it so much. I simply don't understand. The range of volume is great: sometimes Plummer whispers the words, and they are a little hard to hear, but he IS whispering after all. Then at other times, he is emphatic, but he is not shouting. His reading really is a wonder in itself.
My wife and I also played this recording many times for our daughters when they were little, and they used to mimic the accents and repeat parts they'd memorized. We are Americans of Japanese ancestry, and we thoroughly enjoyed Plummer's putting on an astounding variety of accents to set off the characters in the story. None of us had any trouble understanding the words.
How anyone could think this is less than a five-star performance is beyond me.
I've enjoyed Plummer in his movie roles, but whenever I think of his performances, THIS recording is the first thing that comes to mind.
I've always liked this story, in all phases of my life. Christopher Plummer brings something new to this well known adventure. It takes a great performer to be able to voice a young girl, a mad hatter and a pudding!
I love the voice Christopher Plummer, but i thought he did such a dreadful job on reading.....and just as others have said.....his voice gets so quiet that you can barely hear what he is saying, so you turn it up and the next thing you know, your ear drums are being blasted out because he's now yelling. I also thought that the different voices he give the characters were very bad. In some parts he dramatized, not just a little, but a lot....to the point where I wanted to stop listening altogether, because it was hard to understand what he was saying, which made it hard to understand what was going on in the story. I had to force myself the finish this book.
If i could do it over, I'd one read by a different person......please do not let the sample fool, like it did me!
I bought this expecting a wonderful audio book. Christopher Plummer is so talented and the story is wonderful. But this was easily the worst audio I have heard in years. Plummer changes volume levels with all of his voices and as a result, some of the characters are impossible to hear. A couple sound like he has marbles in his mouth. I can't imagine what he was thinking and why the editors allowed it.
After listening to the free first chapter, I was convinced to purchase the book. I am quite amazed at Christopher Plummer's reading! He is a master at developing characterization as portrayed in this exicting rendition of the classic story. This is probably one of the best stories that I've heard - thanks to Mr. Plummer! This reading also prompted me to write the first review i've done. Can't wait to share the audio version with the students in my school.
Christopher Plummer presents an absolutely amazing experience of this classic tale. One forgets that there is only one narrator for all of these outrageous characters. I highly recommend this audible selection.
Horrible. I have to echo what others have said: You cannot hear Christopher Plummer!! We were able to get through Alice in Wonderland, although with much difficulty, but had to stop Through the Looking Glass only about 30 minutes in. Cannot hear the narration at all. I have tried it in two different stereos and with earphones on the iPod, as well as the stereo in our brand new Suburban. Can't hear him. Don't waste your money!
I enjoyed this audio book very much because the narrator really gets into the dialogue and makes it interesting. However I only gave it four stars because of the recording quality and the level of the sound. When the narrator is excited he talks really loud and when he is talking as Alice he talks really soft. The result was that I kept having to turn my volume up and down to try and hear what he was saying, which was kind of annoying.
The story is a classic. I've enjoyed it for years. BUT, this reading is TERRIBLE. The sound quality is bad, and the narrator changes to such soft voices that you can't understand half of the story.
I used to wonder why every time there is a movie based on Alice in Wonderland/ through the looking glass; the stories were so varied. After listening to this i understand why.
The stories have so many aspects that are fun and certainly imaginative, but oh my lord are some of the characters annoying!!!
If you are curious about this book i will save you a few Tylenol. Skip the part where Alice meets the mock turtle and the white queen. The narrator is amazing and brings life to these WHINY ANNOYING characters. It is like being hungover and stuck in a nursery with crying babies...
I truly wish i had read this instead of listened to it. One of the few times i prefer the movies to the actual text.
"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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