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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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  • Elisa
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 03-26-16

Slightly Disappointed

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This is a classic and when I listened to the trial I thought this would be a good audio rendition. Nope. For most part in the first story, it was fine and the narrator did great with the voices. However in "Through the Looking Glass", the volume of the narrator dropped so much, that I found it hard to follow, and I have very good hearing. It's one thing to mutter and reflect that, but it needs still to be understandable. Ok, so the muttering in the beginning I could follow, but the whole part with the train was impossible! The words are so garbled that despite the volume being at a good level, it was impossible to understand what the characters say. It's a shame because the narrator obviously has talent, but I think it was waisted in this one.

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Excellent

I adored this and voices were specular. sometimes tough to hear though. Peformance was awesome.

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Difficult to understand

I found this narrator very difficult to understand frequently. It required me to turn the volume up/down in order to semi-hear what he was saying. Got to a point where I couldn't even finish the book because of this.

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Absolutely wonderful !

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

Which character – as performed by Christopher Plummer – was your favorite?

All of them

Any additional comments?

All the negative reviews above of this particular book claiming that it's "too quite" are simply nonsense..!
I can only conclude that most if not all are American and are not able too discern the pronunciation and/or intonation and/or inflection ..probably a combination of all of these. Either that or they are all morans.
The story is spoken in a beautifully clear R.P. British accent, the expression and the character's individualised voices are superbly executed..
If you are native (British) English, as I am, you will have no such problems..you will absolutely love it !

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loved the reading

this was excellent. the reading was lovely and excellently done. Christopher Plummer does excellent voices. each one unique and fun. I grew up reading this and watching every version of it. this is one of my favorites.

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  • Matt
  • Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 11-08-15

for bedtime stories, an ideal storyteller

What about Christopher Plummer’s performance did you like?

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.

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  • Lisa
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 04-13-15

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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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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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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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!