Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Posted June 10, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 3 Comments

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Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis CarrollAlice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by British Classic Audio and BMA on May 26th 2016
Genres: British Literature
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky

Lewis Carroll’s most famous novels Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are brought to sparkling new life in this unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. An internationally acclaimed comedienne well known for her many voices, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Lewis Carroll’s classic novels to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from ‘the English American’ joined with Lewis Carroll’s surreal genius results in pure, boundless FUN.

Through the Looking-Glass and Phantasmagoria

Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice in Wonderland brilliantly captures a young girl's feelings about growing up in a nonsensical world. Read by internationally acclaimed comedienne and award winning narrator Alison Larkin, this delightful, unique recording is followed by Phantasmagoria - a poem about a little ghost who finds himself haunting the wrong building.

Like many of you, I have seen the Disney movies based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland, but I have never read it. I have some of the retellings on my TBR but again I have not read any of them. So I think starting with the original is the best place to start, and the fact that Alison Larkin narrates it was a no brainer for me.

I went into the story knowing the jest of the story and I was delighted to learn there was more to the story. This kept me entertained story-wise. Alison’s performance of the story kept me smiling and envisioning the characters in my head. She made them jump off the “page”.

My favorite character and voice were the March Hare (aka White Rabbit) I loved the Scottish accent that Alison gave him. I also enjoyed the “snooty” voice for the Queen and King.

Since I do not have a background with Through the Looking-Glass I was most excited to listen to this story. This story was very weird but in a delightful way. The looking-glass made me think of so many TV shows / movies and I imagine they got their ideas from this story.

After listening to both stories I know see that the Disney animated movie from way back when is a mash-up of both stories, minus the looking-glass elements.

If you’re looking to revisit one of the children’s story you may be familiar with, I recommend you experience Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass through Alison Larkin’s performance.


Review Breakdown
Overall: three-half-stars


About Alison Larkin

Alison has narrated over 100 bestselling audiobooks, including her own novel The English American which won an Audiofile Earphones award and joined President Obama and E.B. White on Audible’s top ten list of Best Author Narrated Audiobooks of all time. Consider the Fork by Sunday Times columnist Bee Wilson, narrated by Alison won a Best Non-Fiction of the year award. Recent books narrated by Alison include Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. She recently took over from Penelope Keith as the new narrator for the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton for Blackstone Audio. Alison has narrated countless New York Times bestsellers that have appeared on various Best of the Year and Pick of the Month lists.

Review Breakdown
Overall: three-half-stars
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3 responses to “Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

  1. I listened to these two years ago. I think I had a different narrator though. I’m pretty sure, my narrator was a male. I do remember it being good though. I was like you and was very surprised that the Disney animated movie was a mashup between both books and they are not in any kind of order to the books.

    Felicia got me wanting to read a new release of Books on Tape Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Luke Daniels reads one of the stories. There are some other great narrators, I just can’t remember off the top of my head. I’m on the waiting list at the library.