Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

By Lewis Carroll
Read by  Harlan Ellison

3.28 Hours 11/10/2008 unabridged
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This 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Carroll’s inquisitive heroine in a fantastic land where everything is reversed. Whereas the first book has the deck of cards as a theme, this book is loosely based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares. Alice encounters talking flowers, madcap kings and queens, and strange mythological characters when she becomes a pawn in a bizarre chess game involving Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and other amusing nursery-rhyme characters.

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A 2009 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

This 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Carroll’s inquisitive heroine in a fantastic land where everything is reversed. Whereas the first book has the deck of cards as a theme, this book is loosely based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares. Alice encounters talking flowers, madcap kings and queens, and strange mythological characters when she becomes a pawn in a bizarre chess game involving Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and other amusing nursery-rhyme characters.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“By any reckoning…[one of the] most original works of fiction to emerge from that strange and original time known as Victorian England.” Guardian (London)
“The Alice stories are modern psychological fairy tales but also clever mock epics.” Camille Paglia
“This story gets star treatment with renowned fantasy and science-fiction author Harlan Ellison serving as narrator. Ellison’s jaunty reading provides just the right mix of whimsy and awe for the story’s rhymes and clever characters. The pleasure is infectious. Children listening to the bizarre adventures will find plenty to enjoy.” AudioFile
“Now well into its second century, Through the Looking-Glass continues to enchant with its brilliant word plays, sly commentaries on human nature, and wonderful insane logic. You might not think that an American voice would be the best choice for this very British classic. But award-winning author and narrator Harlan Ellison instantly draws in the listener with his warmth, humor, and obvious affection for the book. You picture him as a jolly uncle sitting by the fire and reading to some delighted giggling children. In this reading, it's okay that he makes the White Queen sound like a Southern belle. The mind-bending trip travels well.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author

Author Bio: Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), English author, mathematician, and photographer. One of eleven children of a scholarly country parson, he studied mathematics at Oxford, obtained a university post, and then was ordained as a deacon but found true success with his masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, now known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which originated as a story told to a young friend, Alice Liddell, during a boating trip on the Thames. Among his other works are Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, The Hunting of the Snark, and Jabberwocky.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 3.28
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English