Anne Hathaway dominated the narration of this pleasant children's story so masterfully that it sent shivers down my spine. Wonderfully gleeful performance, you can almost hear the ear-to-ear smile in her voice. Far and away the best narration I've heard yet. Seriously looking forward to more of this "A-List Collection," in which celebrities narrate audiobooks. [AUDIBLE]
Great for my five and seven year old, great narration and of course a lovely story, as always.
I grew up reading the Oz books and loved them. I didn't com to even know of other versions, including the '39 movie, until I was reactively grown up. As such, I think I'm qualified in saying this is the original everybody should give a go. Wicked is amazing, the movie superb, and all the other variants and telling a 'that there is or was' build on this material.
Frankly I can't think of a better way to have the full story told to you, than by the queen of voices: Anne Hathaway. Sure, some professional voice actors have more subtle ranges, but this really is like having a dedicated older sister reading the story to you. And it is wicked good!
Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz, and yet I highly suggest you listen to this! Anne Harthorne the reader did an exceptional job. This was my second audio book. The first one was a Good Marriage. The entire time I listened to it all I could think was this is taking so long to get through. If I would have read it, it would have taken a quarter of the time. But, this one, the reader was entertaining, engaging, I didn't space out and have to hit rewind. Actually looked forward to the time when I could listen.
As for the actual review of the book. Everyone already knows the story, and whether or not you want to read it! The only thing to decide is read it, or have it read to you. I highly recommend you do the latter
Having seen the excellent movie several times, I was delighted to discover that there are another half-dozen adventures in the book, and no ruby slippers.
If I forget the movie's realization of the characters, I can accept all of Hathaway's realizations, including the Marge Simpson voice for the scarecrow. The New York City accents she uses for the characters left me one star short of perfect.
I love Anne Hathaway's expressions of the characters. She puts so much personality into her reading I feel like I'm watching a moving. They are cute and expressive.
I loved all the characters, but I liked Dorothy and the loin the best. The guardsmen was quite funny to hear as well.
I LOVE this audio book. I would recommend to any age group.
I grew up watching the movie over and over. Now for the first time I've read the book. How I wish they hadn't left anything out of the movie!! A great read.