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Wow!! When Audible says "Scarlett Johansson performs" this brilliant classic, they're not kidding!! I expected, when I pre-ordered this title, simply a competent reading of one of the all-time great satires of Victorian England. Instead I received this incredible tour-de-force, a veritable one-woman play in which Ms. Johansson acts out all characters singlehandedly and nearly flawlessly (I say 'nearly' only because a few characters sound not as described, e.g. The hookah-smoking caterpillar, who is described as speaking "in a languid, sleepy voice," barks at Alice like a shrill, stuffy schoolmarm). Overall Johansson is excellent, giving unique voice to each character while using wonderful expression, perfect pacing and vocal inflection for all narrative passages. She could only be better if she were British (it could be argued that having an American narrate 'Alice' is like having an Englishman narrate 'Huckleberry Finn'). This is a must for your listening library, whether you are 8 or 88 years of age. For extra value, curl up with a hard copy of Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice (or the 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) while you listen, so you can discover what Lewis Carroll was skewering during all the apparent chaos and nonsense Alice experiences after her fall down the rabbit hole.
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I've loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for as long as I can remember. As a child I adored the magic, the adventure, and the kooky characters. As an adult, I grew to love Carroll's imagery, symbolism (perhaps unintentional), and his ability to turn what seems like nonsense into an enduring children's tale. No matter how many times I've read this story and watched the movies, I feel like I can always return to the familiar and colorful place that is Wonderland. Scarlett Johansson brings such incredible depth and wonderment to this timeless tale, that this just may be my new favorite interpretation. Her sister, veteran narrator Vanessa Johansson directed this performance. I guess talent runs in the family
22 of 26 people found this review helpful
Usually I would prefer to read a book rather than listen to it, but in this case listening to it was extremely convenient its perfect for traveling in crowded spaces when you don't want to drag around a huge book all day. Alice in wonderland is one of my favorite books and Scarlett Johansson narrated it beautifully, not only is she an amazing actress in movies but she has an amazing voice perfectly suited for this role. Highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The book was amazing and so was Scarlett Johansson. Hands down one of the best narrators.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
The flow and voices are performed brilliantly. The underlying story, despite being a classic, jumps all over the place and is difficult to follow. Its a story that if read would require rereading pages to fully understand. Unfortunately that isn't so easy in audio form.
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Would you listen to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland again? Why?
I don't think I would listen to this again.
I found the story to be drawn-out and confusing.
However, Scarlett Johansson's performance was delightful.
I am not sorry I listened to this, but I see no need to repeat the experience.