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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Harlan Ellison Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455194421
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

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  • “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

  • A 2009 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chanell | 2/12/2014

    " after watching tim burton's amalgamation of through the looking glass & alice in wonderland, i decided it would be worth the while to read this novel (especially since i remembered enjoying alice in wonderland as a child). i realized i'm not a huge fan of abstraction without direct (or implied) purpose. i'm sure that in a closer analysis, there is much to be seen & understood in the book in terms of symbolism, interpretations, etc. and yet, i found myself skimming through nonsensical poems and characters - eager to get to the end of the novel. eh, i do believe there is brilliance there, i just could not see it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Begley | 2/11/2014

    " "The question," said Humpty Dumpty, "Is who is to be master, and that is all." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Craner | 2/1/2014

    " It was alright. Maybe better than the first Alice. Meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corey Dutson | 1/24/2014

    " Okay I've read both and I still hate the author. Terrible book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/23/2014

    " As good as a childhood story can get, it is simple and confusing at the same time, loved it, highly recommend it to those who want to reminiscence on old tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/18/2014

    " I forgot how good this book was! I forgot all about the white queen and the ending. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pollie | 1/12/2014

    " I am not sure I ever read this one before. I definitely enjoyed it more than Wonderland. I enjoyed the dialogue and word-play in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olivia | 1/8/2014

    " Weirdest thing I've ever read. There's not really a beginning, middle or end. Weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 12/23/2013

    " This sequel to "Alice in Wonderland" held no interest for me outside of the poem "Jabberwocky." Lewis Carroll seems to have lost steam after the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Hayden | 12/13/2013

    " Like Wizard of Oz books, too random to hold my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sensorium Epica | 12/11/2013

    " One of the best books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kar Wai Ng | 11/26/2013

    " i hate myself for buying the one without tenniel's illustrations. make sure you get one with illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dwi Mustika Handayani | 10/9/2013

    " untuk ukuran buku dongeng klasik, terutama untuk anak-anak, Lewis Caroll memang yang terbaik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie S. | 8/3/2013

    " This book, believe it or not, is even MORE nosensical than the first one! It is so weird and random, that sometimes I had to re-read the sentence to make sure I had read it all! I do like this book, though the first one is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa (scarlet21) | 2/26/2013

    " A joy for adults and children or adults who haven't quite grown up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernesto gutierrez | 1/21/2013

    " This was just an ok book for me. The story line was very interesting and I was not that aware of what the story line would be like. I thought it was out of the box and something i have not read anywere else. It is different than the alice in wonderland story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/13/2013

    " This is really nice you know. Weird and creepy in great way. For fans of Lewis Carroll and Alice & company. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 7/29/2012

    " Not the great illustrations I love. Still a good story - even distilled "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 4/15/2012

    " This is one of my all time favorite books! It is so wonderfully written and imaginative "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Coppedge | 12/16/2011

    " Superior to the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Cochran | 8/4/2011

    " I like the explanation of jabberwocky best. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 5/17/2011

    " This story has no plot, and no structure. It seems almost like random thoughts going through the author's head in no organized manner. The only reason I kept reading was because it was crazy to watch Carrol's ideas unfold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 5/2/2011

    " Lewis Carroll is just sooooooooo imaginative! I love the whole book; it definitely is a classic. There's so many creative poems in them, and the whole plot sucks the reader into the story. I really wish that Alice's adventures would never end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jed | 4/18/2011

    " Not as good as Alice in Wonderland, but still delightful. The poetry in "Looking Glass" is better though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 4/8/2011

    " This book wasn't as strange as the first, but it also felt slower, to me. Not that this book was awful. I loved the poetry in it, and it seems that there is more direction in this story.

    Probably not a book I'll ever read again, but one worth reading at least once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 4/7/2011

    " Much better than Alice in Wonderland, which I liked, too. I had forgotten that I read large portions of this in my Logic class in college. Very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/4/2011

    " Wonderfully illustrated and full of awesome colour! I loved th old style even though at times I didn't understand the book at all. I sure that the written version would add to my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 4/4/2011

    " This book is just marginally better than Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I'm just not taken with Carroll's style. He had a good imagination too bad he was such a bad writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean | 4/2/2011

    " Hated it. Got about a third of the way through it and bailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yixin | 3/25/2011

    " We read this book on the class. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Harlan Ellison has written or edited more than 120 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, and articles, as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He has won numerous awards, including the Edgar Award, Hugo Award, an Audie Award for Best Solo Narration, and his fifth Nebula Award, breaking genre records. Ellison was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006. He lives in California.