mom of six
My 5 year old listened to this book with me over two days. We both enjoyed it. I was amazed at Anne Hathaway's versatility in her narration. Only 1 or 2 of her voices were quite annoying. The rest were marvelous. My five year old was completely captivated and listened to this book straight over many hours.
The ending (after the hot air balloon takes off with the wizard) is so different from the movie. My five-year old says, "I love the part where the wall is made out of china and the people are made from china.
Dorothy and the Tin Man were our favorites.
Yes, but we couldn't finish it; we had a life to live along the way!
Highly recommend for kids. What a treat that it was free!
It's the wizard of oz. Anne Hathaway did an excellent job in reading.
I guess those scenes that did not make it to the screen. Like the mice kingdom.
Hathaway voices all the characters differently and adds emotion to the voices. It's absolutely awesome. I love the way these books are written as well. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. No regrets at all picking this one of the many choices!
I am the Director of Learning Centers and an English teacher, a mother of four, a fledgling writer, & an avid reader of almost every genre.
First of all, this is the REAL Wizard of Oz, so even if you didn't like the movie, give it a try. Baum's classic tale is classic for a reason; it tells a clever, insightful, and important story...all wrapped up in a disguise of fun and humor.
Second, Anne Hathaway does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, making the story seem to play out inside your head, and never losing her focus. She should do more audibles!
Last, this is the kind of thing you can play anywhere. Turn it into a family activity on a long trip, listen to a chapter per night with the kids at bedtime, or enjoy it all by yourself and remember the joy of childhood wonder. If your earphones slip free of your device while this is playing, you aren't going to be embarrassed or offend anyone nearby.
I highly recommend this one!
Anne does a wonderful job with all the voices, making the story so real!
There is no comparison, this book is one of a kind.
I loved when Anne played the Lion, but let's be honest, all of her portrayals were fantastic! Everyone had such a distinct voice!
Audiobooks are like games for readers.
I was never a big fan of Oz. I didn't enjoy the film nor the theatrical performances I saw growing up. However, I had never read or listened to the book and Hathaway's reading was phenomenal. I hope she reads some others in the future!
Energy that promotes character individualization.
I'm glad we decided to listen, it is different than the film, but I enjoy it more. My 5 yr old son is just loving it.
In this version, Anne Hathaway
Don't believe there is a comparison
You just got to love Anne
And I did
It is not one of the greatest stories ever told for nothing.
The colourful characters.
i could have - yes
Anne Hathaway's voicework. She embodies the characters with their own distinct voice and personality. It was extremely entertaining and brought the story to life.
When they meet the Wizard. Anne gives him a unique voice. My sons loved listening to her.
I smiled a lot and even laughed out loud as I listened with my sons (11, 10 & 9). It was in watching their wonderment that I truly experienced the story all over again.