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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
Series: Alice in Wonderland, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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Alice's trip down the rabbit hole, and her run-ins with the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts, persists as an enduring classic of literature. Lewis Carroll's novel has long been a pillar of pop culture, inspiring the 1951 Disney hit and influencing the works of figures as diverse as Salvador Dali, Jefferson Airplane, and Tim Burton. Carroll's whimsy is perfectly matched by the award-winning actress Miriam Margoyles (The Age of Innocence, Babe, Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films), who brings her trademark depth of characterization and a wonderful loopiness to make this a boisterously fun experience.

Summary

On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole - and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen! Lost in this fantasy land, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute.

Public Domain (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Perfectly read masterpiece!

What a marvelous audio book!!! This is just perfect. I have been listning to this more than a hundred times, still I just enjoy it very much. Perfect for children, even for grown-ups like me, perhaps for foreingners studying English as their second langage. Just listen, and you will never be disappinted!

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Magnificent performance!

Beautiful intonations, perfect character intonation, this performance contributes to the understanding of the story.
A great voice!
Many thanks

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Great 👍🏼

I love love love this story most precious Alice my name is Alice so have always felt close to it. The reader was extremely good BUT I did find the voice of the Cheshire Cat very annoying

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NOoooooooo!

Alice in Wonderland has got to be my favourite book of all time. I can recite almost all of it word for word.
Miriam Margolyes has got to be one of my favourite narrators and all round outrageously funny people.
What could possible go wrong???.
Whay the bad review??
She turned it into a version of Alice in wonderland meets the bleakest of Dickens novels...which she does brilliantly might I add
It was beautifully read as you would expect no less from Miriam, but it was done in a way, that was somehow joyless and bizarrely very dark.
In contrast I have on CD Alan Bennett reading the same book and it is light and funny and exactly the way I want Alice in Wonderland to be... so I am returning it and I shall replace the Alan Bennett CD with this one
I am bitterly disappointecd..

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Wonderful story read wonderfully

What did you like best about this story?

Alice is a delight; the bonkers characters of her adventures are delightful and the writing is perfection.

Which character – as performed by Miriam Margolyes – was your favourite?

The Caterpillar. He's the best character anyway and Miriam Margolyes performs him perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have been happy to but I enjoyed spreading it over a number of sittings.

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my favourite childhood book

In the time of covid19 isolation I felt drawn to some of my favourite books from years ago. I started with Alice it was first read to me by my father when I was very young. I loved the way Miriam reads this book with such calm gentle drama. I loved the tone of her voice and the way she expresses the different characters making this book very easy to listen to. I found it so comforting, I will never tire of listening to this book and I intend to introduce this to my grandchildren as soon as possible.

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Brilliant - Surreal

A long time ago someone suggested to me that I should read this book as an adult. I have at last listened to it and found the book brilliant, surreal! The reading by Miriam Margolyes with all the different voices she used was excellent. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed it as a child or to anyone who feels they may have missed out on this classic of literature!

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So funny and amazingly well done

This book is a great book for children and is so funny with Alice and the white rabbit and the queen. The story is very good Lewis Carrol has done a good job, adults do not have to listen to it first, some bits are sad but who cares. I liked hearing the court proceedings but the rabbits voice is very high and the crochet game is funny and the Cheshire cat head in the middle of the crochet ground and the flamingo being used as a mallet it is so funny. And finally the recitings of the poems it is so funny.

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Excellent narration of this classis

Miriam Margolyes’ narration is brilliant throughout, but the song of the Mock Turtle was an absolute joy! Thank you.

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A classic

Would you try another book written by Lewis Carroll or narrated by Miriam Margoyles?

I might try Through the Looking Glass, as people have said to me that you don't need to enjoy Alice's Adventures to enjoy Looking Glass. I'm not sure about the narrator, she didn't quite hit the spot for me, and I was therefore never fully engaged in the story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

If I'm honest, I only vaguely remember it, and at that point, I was sort of glad to be done with the book.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

It is a film, and I love the film. The book is not very much like that, and it felt like it dragged quite a bit, despite being so short.

Any additional comments?

It's not like I don't like classics or a slower pace - quite the contrary. But this felt pointless and uninteresting, and the writing was definitely not top shelf.

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