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Lewis Carroll was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem "Jabberwocky", and the poem "The Hunting of the Snark" - all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 fantasy novel. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. Its narrative course and structure, characters, and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

Through the Looking-Glass (1871) is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

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A Classic is forever.

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

That is a hard question to answer since in my view it is a different experience which in many ways stimulates our senses differently.Reading creates images in our brain that are unique to the reading experience and listening is in many ways a totally different way of being introduced to a work of Fiction.So one is not superior to the other they are a different avenue to taste a particular Authors idea.

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

This is a work that stands out on its own it can not be compared to any other work.

What does Heidi Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I found her to be capable but did not enhance the story for me but perhaps that is a job too difficult for any narrator considering the material.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Better Than I Remembered from My Childhood

What did you love best about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

I had read both these books when I was young, and wondered if it would hold the same enjoyment now, many decades later. I had previously been charmed by the nonsensical nature of these books, the abundance of interesting characters that Alice comes across on her journeys, and just the thought of being able to spend time in such a fantastic dream world. Being an adult didn't ruin any of this for me - in fact, I think I was able to enjoy it more now being that I more fully understood some of the references, puns, linguistics, humour, and rich descriptions that you picture in your mind as you listen. I look forward to sharing these books with my child when he's older.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice, of course! Her character has stood the test of time - and now having a child of my own, it is enjoyable seeing a child's imagination expressed in this way - both when she is awake and (assumedly) dreaming.

What about Heidi Gregory’s performance did you like?

I felt she did a really great job with different voices for all the characters, kept a good flow, and didn't have any annoying habits that some readers do. I thoroughly enjoyed the songs she performed - in particular, the Lobster Quadrille.

Any additional comments?

The audio quality wasn't great in certain parts in the beginning but seemed to get better as it went along - or maybe I just got used to it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Classic follow-up and bizarre as the first story

What made the experience of listening to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland the most enjoyable?

The odd continuation of the first in this classic set of books. A great child friendly book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Honestly, she was a little hard to listen to, I did get used to her but I think this story would have benefited from having a second narrator voice to give it better depth.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A timeless classic very well read

If you belong to the pre-Internet generation (like me) you don't need any introductions to Alice's adventures; if not, well, you should read or listen to them as soon as you can - that's a timeless classic not only for children but for all lovers of books.
It was a real pleasure to plunge into Wonderland again after, well, over three decades and find out that it still has its old charm and is still as linguistically absurd and funny as I remembered it... I love the imagery, the puns, the very kind of humour I always admire best - brilliant in its linguistic complexity... It's a great story for kids, with all those strange creatures Alice meets, and for adults - with all the puns and double and triple meanings hidden in there, on the pages...

Narration by Ms Gregory adds another layer to the book; she's great at interpreting the characters. I loved some of them especially: the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, the March Hare... Every one of them has not only a distinctive voice, but also a specific, individual manner of speaking. Also, Ms Gregory sings one or two of the songs, which is a nice surprise. Generally, it's a great interpretation of a timeless masterpiece of literature.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The original unedited stories.

For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland lore. I've watched movies, played video games, and read comics based on the stories. There were so many variations that I felt like I had to go back and experience the original stories.

The first book was much like the movies and stories I have come to know. There was a lot more nonsense than I had expected. The main character Alice who I had always assumed was the stable character caused just as much nonsense at the other characters. I did enjoy the way that the author portrayed Alice's child imagination.

The second book, Through the looking glass, had a lot of elements that I had never heard of before. The story changes instantly and at randomly using dream logic.

I originally found the narrator's voice to be high pitched and a little irritating. As the story progresses, it became a lot more manageable. She even did a really good job of singing some of the verses that were meant to be songs. Overall, I think that the narrator matched the story quite well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Beautiful Rendition of the Classic

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

I listened to the audiobook by Heidi Gregory.

I absolutely adored Alice In Wonderland as a kid. Then, hearing it coupled with its sequel was amazing.

There’s not much to say uniquely about the story or books as a whole. They are the same reads from our childhood that everyone loves.

I am hesitant to give the performer 4/5 stars, but the audio quality wasn’t the best. I’m not a huge audio buff, so I can’t diagnose the issues. But after getting used to it (it wasn’t a big deal), I got really into it. One small issue was that the last chapter repeated after the first minute. Other than those tiny hiccups, there were no issues.

I was amazed by Heidi Gergory’s performance though. There were many amazing things she did, but my favorite was a group of people on a train talking. She was able to use multiple recordings to have an amazing effect.

All in all, it was a great read and I strongly recommend.