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!
Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz, and yet I highly suggest you listen to this! Anne Harthorne the reader did an exceptional job. This was my second audio book. The first one was a Good Marriage. The entire time I listened to it all I could think was this is taking so long to get through. If I would have read it, it would have taken a quarter of the time. But, this one, the reader was entertaining, engaging, I didn't space out and have to hit rewind. Actually looked forward to the time when I could listen.
As for the actual review of the book. Everyone already knows the story, and whether or not you want to read it! The only thing to decide is read it, or have it read to you. I highly recommend you do the latter
Having seen the excellent movie several times, I was delighted to discover that there are another half-dozen adventures in the book, and no ruby slippers.
If I forget the movie's realization of the characters, I can accept all of Hathaway's realizations, including the Marge Simpson voice for the scarecrow. The New York City accents she uses for the characters left me one star short of perfect.
I grew up watching the movie over and over. Now for the first time I've read the book. How I wish they hadn't left anything out of the movie!! A great read.