Reviews for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass


AudioFile Reviews 2010 April
Renée Raudman's straightforward narration of Carroll's beloved classic provides a pleasant alternative to other more theatrical renditions. LOOKING GLASS boasts many of the famous characters and poems that are at the core of the Alice mythology, such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, "Jabberwocky," and "The Walrus and the Carpenter." Raudman's narration is reserved but tender. She performs the prose with all of Alice's awe as she rediscovers Wonderland. Raudman's character voices are understated and modestly effective. Still, her approach doesn't wholly fit the absurdity of Carroll's landscape. This sequel is even more bizarre and quirky than the original ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, making a zany, kaleidoscopic narration almost obligatory. A.H.A. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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AudioFile Reviews 2003 August/September
When reading Alice on one's own, it's easy to have one's attention seized by Carroll's many fanciful characters--the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and so on. Listening to Shelly Frasier read it reminds one of a crucial aspect to this story: It's a little girl who's experiencing these adventures, and, as Frasier's subtly inflected voice reminds us, Alice can go from excited to terrified in an instant. In addition to getting her voice just right, Frasier masters all of Carroll's other verbal gymnastics, from the Dormouse's snores to the dreamy illogic of the Caterpillar, and, of course, the nonsensical verse. This is a great pleasure. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine

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