Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Posted May 23, 2016 by chris in Reviews / 1 Comment

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Narrator: Scarlett Johansson
Published by Audible Studios on 23 February 2016
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Classic Literature
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring) brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts, she imbues each madcap character with a distinct voice and personality that will leave a lasting impression long after the adventure is over.

One hundred and fifty years after its original publication, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains one of the most widely read, deconstructed, referenced, and reinterpreted works of Western fiction. It tells the story of the young and imaginative Alice, who grows weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations", and follows a hasty hare underground - to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Having an American read the character of Alice in the story of Alice in Wonderland seemed like a big mistake to me when I set out to listen to Scarlett Johansson read this classic.

I underestimated her skill as a reader and performer, and what a pleasant surprise that was.

The story of Alice in Wonderland isn’t a new one. It’s been animated and acted and animated again, and released in a  hundred formats. Filled with whimsical characters and a fulfilling plot of a little girl coming into her own (say what you will about Lewis Carroll’s hidden agenda in the story) it’s a surefire win for both kids, and imaginative adults alike. If you enjoyed this book as a kid, you’ll enjoy the version performed by Scarlett.

Scarlett truly offers a transcendent performance in this. While her British accent might not be perfect her ability to bounce between all of the characters in the story and give them unique life is wonderful. I especially enjoyed her performance with the mock turtle and the griffin.

Alice in Wonderland is a short listen at less than three hours, but one that I think anyone will enjoy. I don’t recommend speeding the narration. Her voice is well suited for the style of the story and the pace she reads at, and you’ll lose some of her nuance if you accelerate the pace.

Lots of fun from a new voice telling an old story.

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About Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Through the Looking Glass,” “The Hunting of the Snark,” “Jabberwocky,” and “Sylvie and Bruno.”

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