My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
AS a kid, the first thing I looked forward to after Christmas was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was always aired in Feb., which was sweeps month. I did not know that, I just knew it was sometime after Christmas. It was a great musical and this is a great book. They differ some and are the same a lot. The musical gave the Wicked Witch of the West a huge part that she did not have in the book. It was interesting to see the differences and easy to see why certain changes were made. The book is more violent, with some head chopping going on, but not enough to make the whole book not worth reading. It was published in 1900 and was the best selling children's book for two years.
Baum has an excellent imagination and I loved the ceramic people, which was not in the movie. There are lessons on courage, intelligence, tenderness, confidence and ambition, which children and adults of today can learn much.
Hathaway has taken a real beating by some reviewers. I did not always agree with her interpretations of the characters, (Valley girls did not exist when this was written) but I thought she brought life to the book. She kept it interesting. I much prefer a narrator that spices up the reading, as a reader who just mouths the words. Baum himself changed the book and characters in order to get it on Broadway. If he was alive today, I do not believe he would have a problem with his story being updated.
I also liked the book Wicked, which gives you the witches side of the story.
I enjoyed this book with three of my kids (ages 7, 5 and 4). We were all enthralled! Laughing out loud! Caught in suspense! Ann Hathaway did an incredible job with so many animated voices and clear speaking. This might be the best audiobook we have listened to, so far. Highly recommend this specific version!
Yes, there was so much that was in this book that is not in the movie that I found interesting. I also loved Ann reading it. She was great. For any Wicked fans out there, you will find things in this book that are in the play.
I don't know as I never read books like this but now I think I may give more like it a try.
Loved it! She really made the book jump out and take form in ones head.
I was shocked at the violence in the book. Lots of chopping off of head. That may bother some children.
I want to read all of the books in this series and learn all about Oz and what happens in it and to Dorthy and her friends. Makes me feel like a kid again...maybe for the first time.
mother of two
Love this way better than the movie. My 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter were riveted on our road trip. Even hubby said he liked it better than the movie. Anne Hathaway deserves a major award for her ability to beautifully tell the story and fittingly change the voice of each character. Thank you Anne!!
Because of the narrating, this audiobook ranks #1 for me. She did such an amazing job. Never thought I would enjoy listening to this story this much.
The Scarecrow. For one, the voice she uses for him makes me smile each time I hear it. For two, my favorite line in the story, "Yes brains are important, but you can't be happy without a heart." ****I'm paraphrasing of course.
As stated above, the Scarecrow. The field mice are such a close second though.
Yes very much so. I want to share this experience with my children and everyone I know. So enjoyable.
If I had one wish to make, it'd be to hear more from Anne Hathaway. The different voices she uses make the experience so great.
what an incredible story! and the performance by the narrator was incredible. after listening to this book, it is going on my list of read out loud bedtime stories for my four children.
I listened to this out of curiosity. I read an article about bimetallism monetary policy; that mentioned the Wizard of Oz having a related theme in it. It was also interesting to hear the differences between the original story and the movie story. I don't think; the narration could have been better without a full cast of voice actors. I enjoyed it.
I liked that the way Anne Hathaway created voices for each character, in a way that felt like each one was voiced by a different person. Out of all the audio books I've listened to, she was the best performer so far! As for the story, I'd recommend it for the younger ones that haven't seen the movie yet. The younger ones would also enjoy Anne Hathaway's performance immensely! The older ones or the non-fans of Anne Hathaway might not appreciate her performance.