Cyril Ritchard leads a full cast in this dramatization of Lewis Carroll's most famous work.More
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The gold standard in audio books.
Cyril Ritchard provides an impeccable performance. For those who think they are not familiar with him, he played Captain Hook (and Mr. Darling) in the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan. He makes the characters in the book come alive by providing a voice appropriate to each.
The entire book is memorable through his performance. The Mad Tea Party is a good example. While the Disney cartoon version is fun and enjoyable, the original is far better, with the clever word plays and nonsense that somehow makes sense in Wonderland.
In addition to the voice characterizations (listen to the voice of the duck, which has a very subtle "quack" to it), Cyril Ritchard does a fantastic job with the songs that occasionally appear, such as the Duchess's "lullaby" to her baby, and the Mock Turtle's songs.
The chapters are introduced by marvelous short musical pieces by Alec Wilder and performed by The New York Woodwind Quintet. Cyril Ritchard also did a reading of Through the Looking Glass, every bit as good as this one. Audible, please get it!!!