Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

  • by Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1865, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland was an immediate success. Carroll's sense of the absurd and his amazing gift for games of logic and language have made the Alice books popular with both adults and children, and they have remained some of the best-known children's books written in English. Commuters Library recaptures the magic in this superb unabridged reading. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole; go with her to meet the Caterpillar, the Mad-Hatter, the Mock Turtle, and the Queen of Hearts. The journey is as strange and wonderful as it has always been. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There stands alone as a great work of fantasy. Written six years after The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, it is in many ways a more complex and far-ranging story. In the backward land of the looking glass, hear the story of the Jabberwocky and be the guest of Tweedledum and Tweedledee and confront Humpty Dumpty who scornfully states, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean: neither more nor less."

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What the Critics Say

"Only Lewis Carroll has shown us the world upside down as a child sees it, and has made us laugh as children, irresponsibly." (Virginia Woolf)
"Cosham's ability to follow the sinuous curves of sentences and his dignified but dramatic sense of pacing make this a thoroughly satisfying listening experience." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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A Subtle and Clear and Engaging Alice

Ralph Cosham does a fine job of reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, using a clear and engaging voice and avoiding trying to do too much. That is, he does not strain to alter his voice too much for the different bizarre characters, sticking close to his appealing natural speaking voice, while at the same time expressing plenty of emotion and color, depending on the situation. I like his approach, because it allows me to savor Carroll's text more fully than do the readers of some other versions available through audible.com, readers who change their voices for the different characters to an almost grotesque and distracting degree.

And the text, of course, is wonderful: full of Carroll's unique blend of nonsensical logic and logical nonsense and philosophical conundrums and questioning of identity and reality and language and humorous parodies and dreamy and nightmarish fantasy and melancholy love and sweet nostalgia, all revealed through the many funny and colorful, severe or rude or mad or childish adult-figures through whom Carroll fascinatingly interacts with Alice.

There are three minor problems with this audio book, however, that prevent me from giving it five stars. First, the sound is a little muffled. Second, no sooner does Cosham read the last word of one chapter than, without enough of a blank space, or pause, his voice startles the listener by saying the chapter number and title of the next chapter. Finally, the moving and beautiful closing poem that Carroll wrote for the end of Through the Looking Glass is missing from the audio book. Nevertheless, I recommend this audio book for being perhaps the best one (in price and quality) among the unabridged versions available through audible.com.
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- Jefferson "I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics."

Most Satisfactory

Nicely read version of a classic set of tales. A very fine deal for the price. Good stuff.
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- Fay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2004
  • Publisher: Findaway World