Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll

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Narrated By: Harlan Ellison

Duration: 3 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

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.

Genre

Children’s / Teenage fiction: Classic fiction, Classic fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy

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“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.”