What puts the audio version above the printed version is Ms Hathaway's ability to bring the characters to life. With many voices she was able to convey the personalities of the people of OZ.
This is the original and not the screen play that we have been subject to for years. So many differences to compare with the movie made it very entertaining.
I loved all her voices and character interpretations. I did not enjoy the voice of the Scarecrow because it reminded me too much of Marge Simpson.
Mom to twin boys
My seven year olds have wanted to see the movie but it's scary. The book was a perfect option. They loved it so much they listened in one day!
I loved this series as a child. It is a much weirder story than I had recalled. As an adult I find some of it repetitive and not all of the adventures seemed important to the overall development of the story, but it is so imaginative and wonderfully bizarre that it was still very enjoyable. Also the reader does an absolutely amazing job with all of the characters and has immense energy.
Maybe if they were interested in a excellent reading of the Wizard of OZ.
All of Anne Hathaway voices and the differences between the book and the movie I saw as a child.
Not sure I had one favorite. I liked the differences that I would notice between the movie adaptation and the original story. Silver instead of ruby slippers, the fact that Dorthy was not dreaming when she visited Oz, but went there and returned home. The inclusion of two different good witches (North and South). There are a good amount of differences between the two, but both are enjoyable in their own format.
No, but I did smile a few times.
Though I haven't finished the selection, I have found Anne's vocal performance to be interesting and entertaining, with diverse voice adaptations, and overall excellent vocal clarity.
I rediscovered parts of the story that I had forgotten.
My favorite scene was when Dorothy first landed in Oz.
Dorothy's interactions with the Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman brought a smile to my face but also sadness when I listened to their life stories before they met Dorothy.
I really really loved the first half of this book, and found it in many ways superior to the movie that I've known and loved since childhood.
Once the story veered into the unknown however, I found that it dragged, and was almost boring.
Anne Hathaway's narration was sensational, she actually gave me goosebumps in places. Highly recommended.
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What would have made The Wonderful Wizard of Oz better?
Change the narrator. Her voice and style are horrible, I listened to about 5 minutes of the audio book and quit.
The above review is soo bogus!!! How sickening. Anne Hathaway cannot be beaten in this audio book rendition of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I've listened to this several times, each time finding myself in such a wonderful mood - smiling from ear to ear with her marvelous character voices. It was sooo much fun. The story, the narration are all so awesome.
I've read the Wizard of Oz before and loved the movie as a child. Anne Hathaway's performance really brought it to life again. As much as I liked the Judy Garland movie, I hope one day there will be a movie that is closer to the original story by Baum. In the meantime I will listen to this book again!
Classic fairy tale
The choices of ancillary character voices were odd to me. A goose with a valley girl accent, an Emerald City citizen with an over the top speech impediment that seemed like Sylvester the Cat and Daffy Duck amp'd up, etc. I think if she would have kept a more consistent, realistic set of character voices without getting too crazy I would have enjoyed it more.
I definitely laughed out loud a few times both because of the story and the odd performance.
It's a good listen, especially for such a wonderful story, I'd like to hear additional performances to compare.
I purchased this book for my 25 year old daughter to read as she is vision impaired and hasn't read many books in the last few years. She liked the idea of Kindle so I learnt her mine and I picked a story that she knew, to make it easier for her to get her interest back in reading or listening to audio books. She really loved listening to the voice of Anne Hathaway as Anne read The Wonderful World of Oz and is quite keen to listen to more audio books and purchase her own Kindle. I showed my daughter how to get the voice on Kindle to read any books to her but she didn't like it as much. As I am an avid reader, I will be purchasing a Kindle for my daughter for Christmas and many more audio books to come.