We listen to it all the time, it has become a fast favorite for the whole family.
I wish there were other children's books to compare Anne Hathaway's performance to, but Ihaven't found anything else quite as dynamic. It is hard to engross both adults and five year olds,but this classic has done just that.
Book Lovin' Grandma
This is the first audiobook I have listened to. I chose it so that I could listen with my 9 year old grandson whenever he spent the night; he always looked forward to hearing several chapters before he fell asleep.
It is hard to choose just one moment, but comparing the differences between the book and the movie with Judy Garland was a lot of fun, for both of us!
I think Anne has a youthful voice that is filled with fun and energy. Her voices for the characters are convincing and quite different from each other.
As in the movie, it is a special moment when Dorothy finally finds her way back home.
Children will enjoy listening to this story. I am glad my grandson got to hear the original book version, because I don't think he would have read it for himself since, as most kids will say, "I've already seen the movie!" He is glad he has also now heard the book! Highly recommend it to others.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
The best part was the narration.
That it wasn't 1:1 with the film. I've never read/heard the book before, and the additional details were fun to learn (like why the tin man is made of tin, and more about the flying monkeys, and stuff like that)
Oh, she was excellent. I liked everything about her performance. An excellent narrator.
This isn't that kind of book... but it did occasionally make me laugh, and I guess that moved me.
This is a quirky little tale well narrated by Anne Hathaway. She did an excellent job changing her voice for each character and I found that it captivated my child's attention so that she could listen to 2 chapters at a time and asked for more. It was fanciful but not too complicated for a child to follow.
I would say it is top 10 for sure
Anne Hathaway voice was incredible. I think I have never liked someone voice so much. She really puts a lot of character in each one of the voices she does.
hahaha, probably the guard of emerald city... It is the funniest voice.
Finding out the wizard of Oz was not a real wizard, and how it felt about it really moved me.
Petty good listen considering the short time required . Anne was good. Interesting to listen to the original book and compare to movies
When my son saw "The Great & Powerful Oz," he got very Oz-centric. He was 9 when I downloaded this version, and together we listened to it on the drive to/from school. We loved how Ms. Hathaway kept all the voices distinctly different from eachother, but found the Scarecrow's voice just plain annoying.
The only Wizard of Oz versions I'd experienced were the film versions (with their variants), and I'd been wanting to read the source text, but never found the time. Having it read to me (and my son) was a delight.
A wannabe riot.
A fun story. Baum stated that he wanted to create a modern fairy tale in the foreword and he definitely succeeded. A book that will last through time that kids (and adults!) will enjoy. As a sidenote: this audiobook was narrated by Anne Hathaway - and her performance was phenomenal. One of the best narrators I've heard in an audiobook; it sounded like there were numerous people! Great job by her.
I look forward to listening to this book repeatedly!! It was that good!
Hathaway uses great Theatrics in making this book come alive.
This was by far the best narration I have listened to. Anne Hathaway does a spectacular job performing this book.
Anne Hathaway doesn't read the story she performs this classic story. As she narrates the story comes to life with her voices and tone.
Truly a stand apart performance for a great story!!!
As Anne Hathaway read she sucked me in and I couldn't stop listening. Whether I could listen for 5 min. or for hours I didn't want to stop she immediately sucked me into the story.