Like historical fiction, Christian fiction/romance, classics, children's/teen fiction, fantasy. Paranormal is okay. No witchcraft/vampires.
Yes, I never would have read the print version myself.
Nothing stands out as memorable, but I liked the added details that weren't in the movie version, such as the origin of the Winged Monkeys. The friendship and loyalty of Dorothy's friends was notable.
She sounded very similar to the movie version of Dorothy and the Lion. I was glad she didn't change their voices. I also liked the Scarecrow's voice. Her narrator's voice (rather than dialogue voice) was very good.
The Journey to Oz
I listened to this with my children, ages 7 to 12. Everyone enjoyed it and looked forward to car trips to continue listening. There are many characters, and Anne Hathaway did a great job with most of them. My kids really liked her "Valley Girl" Stork voice. There were a few voices I cringed listening to, such as the Emerald City farmer and the Wizard himself. However, since the main characters' voices were great, I enjoyed the book as a whole.
Anne Hathaway is an excellent reader! Each character had a different voice and they stayed true to that voice throughout the entire story. Any parent who reads aloud will tell you how tough that is! Her telling made the book come alive for me anew. And my six-year-old daughter has listened to it multiple times. She loves it too!
Anne Hathaway's voicing of characters is transparent, charming and natural. This narration brings characters to life and feeds the imagination. The main characters' voices fit their personalities perfectly, and the voices of the minor characters (e.g., the stork and the queen of the mice) are delightfully quirky.
Delightful for all ages.
Anne Hathaway does a wonderful job narrating this classic: her voices are very convincing, and consistent throughout the book (i.e. her Lion sounds the same in the beginning, as it does in the end). My 5 and 3 year olds loved it, although it is probably better suited for slightly older kids.
It was a nice book. The format it's like a big story conform by a set of smaller stories. Which make it, like watching a TV show. Sadly it also made me last longer to finish it, because after I finish a story, I stopped it. Since I don't have a cliff hanger for me to go on.
Aside of that it was surprising to be impressed by a book so old. When you read it, you know what I mean.
Finally the narration was just on point. I never new that Anne could make so many voices, I think that was my favorite part of the book. To listen the different voices of the characters.
Favorite Character: The Scarecrow
I grew up only knowing the screenplay version of Oz. What a shame! Having children myself now, we decided to download this
version for a long road trip. Our children (ages 2-9) and my husband & I hung on every word. What a treat for the ears and mind! Anne Hathaway does an terrific job narrating. Highly recommend!
Anne Hathaway dominated the narration of this pleasant children's story so masterfully that it sent shivers down my spine. Wonderfully gleeful performance, you can almost hear the ear-to-ear smile in her voice. Far and away the best narration I've heard yet. Seriously looking forward to more of this "A-List Collection," in which celebrities narrate audiobooks. [AUDIBLE]
Great for my five and seven year old, great narration and of course a lovely story, as always.
I grew up reading the Oz books and loved them. I didn't com to even know of other versions, including the '39 movie, until I was reactively grown up. As such, I think I'm qualified in saying this is the original everybody should give a go. Wicked is amazing, the movie superb, and all the other variants and telling a 'that there is or was' build on this material.
Frankly I can't think of a better way to have the full story told to you, than by the queen of voices: Anne Hathaway. Sure, some professional voice actors have more subtle ranges, but this really is like having a dedicated older sister reading the story to you. And it is wicked good!