An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.
As most kids growing up, I fell in love with the movie "The Wizard of Oz" which isn't a hard thing to do. In my opinion, the movie is fantastic and will forever be one of my favorites. So, it was with great excitement that I found this production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway. And...well...I wasn't blown away. In fact, in some parts, I became a little bored and couldn't help comparing the book to the movie--something I abhor doing when I'm in the middle of reading/listening to a book or watching a movie. I usually like to take both the book and movie as separate entities in their own right with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yet, with this novel, I keep reflecting on how smart the screenwriters of the The Wizard of Oz were when they adapted the film from the book. They strengthened the themes, tightened the plot, and paced the action in the film much better than how it was spread out in the novel.
To be fair, the novel was written in 1900 and has many themes of classic fairy tales in it--most noticeable to me were the repetition of things in threes, which, although a staple in many older fairy tales and fables, can be a bit tiresome to listen to. There's also far more characterization in the novel than the movies, although Dorothy sometimes seems to be more self-centered and self-serving than the Dorothy in the movies (something that should be expected since the novel Dorothy is so much younger than the movie Dorothy).
All in all, this was a worthwhile purchase and worthwhile listen, but it doesn't dazzle. There's no magical transformation of colors like in the movie. But what you do get is interesting enough as long as your expectations are black and white and not technicolor.
Classic book of course. However, Ann Hathaway (at least to me) sounded like Marge Simpson for some of the voices she used to portray the Scarecrow. I had a hard time getting past that. :(
The story itself. A bit different than the classic movie, more details.
Not all actors make good narrators.
I had never read this story but of course had seen the movies based on the book. I enjoyed the book much more than the movies because it was more innocent if that makes sense. The Wizard of Oz scared me as a child and I never really wanted to show it to my children. The book however is charming. I know there are supposed to be hidden agendas in the book but I don't care about any of that. The narrator did a good job in portraying different characters and making the story come to life. I'm glad this title was available so cheaply for only $0.99. I listened to it all on the first day and now will listen again with my children.
Very colorful story. Way better than the movie. Ann Hathaway is exceptional. Will listen to it many many times. Well done.
It was very difficult to appreciate the wonderful tale, as it was originally written, due to the ingratiating voice of Anne Hathaway. I listen to many audiobooks during my long commute. With most of the books that are narrated by celebrities I am able to get lost in the storyline. Those books feel natural. Each character is imbued in a particular manner which makes him or her easily believed. This is not one of those books. The characters within sound like Anne Hathaway being... Anne Hathaway. As the book continued, the accent, voice and tone assigned to each individual character progressively became more annoying and eventually just downright ridiculous. Towards the end the voices sounded like 1980's "valley girl" audio caricatures. At no point should a book written at the turn of the century have that accent. Actually no book should contain that accent (unless it is an audiobook about "valley girls").
I gutted it out until the end for the sheer sake of learning the original ending. In retrospect, I wish I had aborted my mission and bought a version narrated by someone else. Anyone else.