I love audiobooks and this has just become my new favorite. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a favorite book for years and hearing Anne Hathaway's reading of it brought it into a whole new realm of pleasure. She is absolutely brilliant with the voices, the emotion, the inflections, all of it. My grown daughter who was home for several days because she was sick listened to it twice. It's that good. This is what audiobooks, particularly of children's stories, should be.
I really enjoyed the story and the enthusiastic performance by Anne Hathaway.
I loved how my son, after listening to the story, asked for more.
Rather different tale than I expected. To say the least, the 1930s movie took some liberties. Like about what happened with the witch of the west, and the story of the winged monkeys...
An odd little story. Plenty of unique colorful characters. I was particularly struck by the extended journey taken after the wizard disappeared, like traveling through the land of china/porcelain people.
Hathaway was a decent narrator, though I wasn't wild about some of the voices she affected. I literally jumped out of my seat at the shrill voice of the mice outside the poppy field. A good performance though.
I'm glad that I ignored those who complained about the narration of this wonderful story for children. Ms. Hathaway - who turned out NOT to be the one from The Beverly Hillbillies - did an absolutely delightful job with all the voices. She made it really fun, and a bit silly sometimes, just like I used to do back when my kiddies were small. It is a first-rate performance, with emphasis on performance.
The story of course, the performance of Anne is perfect for me:) The nuances and everything. I really appreciate it. It's easy to listen and very enjoyable.
The whole story is memorable of course
She's great. I did not know she knows a lot of voices; And nuances in the performance are spot on. I really enjoyed listening to her.
I just love this book:) and listening to it is a delight
I have ALREADY recommended the audio book to EVERYONE I know!
What a great performance!
She brought all of the characters to life!
Sometimes I get distracted while I'm listening to a book while driving or walking and start thinking about other things... with Anne Hathaway, I was HOOKED! I couldn't wait to get in the car so I could listen!
All of the other reviews are right, listen to THIS version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You won't regret it!
Sure! Besides being a beautiful story, it's lots of fun!
The story is eternal and fun for all ages.
Anne Hathaway's performance was delightful! She can do many different, convincing voices. Her Scarecrow is really funny!
A memorable passage to me involved the philosophical views of the Tin Man. He explained how he tried to be kind to all living ceatures, since he didn't have a heart to judge when not to be kind. Beautiful!
This audiobook makes a great bedtime story. My 5 year old daughter listened to it twice, 10 minutes a night, and simply loved it!
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
I have watched the movie many times but never read the book. So I loved how the book has many more characters in it. It's a great story of not knowing just how much you can do with what you have. The scarecrow didn't need a brain as he was growing smarter every day. The Tin man might not had a real heart but he was full of heart when he saved the Queen of the field mice. The Cowardly Lion already had courage when it came time to help his new friends. :)
Hands down the Cowardly Lion!!
It made me laugh but mostly because of Anne Hathaway and her voices. :)
Ten times better than the movie I would recommend everyone try the book!
The story is good and the performance of Ann Hathway is breath taking
Several voices and perfect voice
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.