I loved that Anne Hathaway gave different voices and personalities to the delightful characters of Oz. She moves the story along at a wonderful pace and engages you completely. From the grey begining in KS to the magic of Oz and back it takes you on your own wonderful journey on the yellow brick road.
Dorothy was by far my favorite character Anne created. Her personality and spirited childlike nature came through beautifully.
This is a book you will want to listen to not only in one sitting, but over and over.
The ONLY reason I dinged the "Performance" rating was because I didn't like the character she created for The Wizard.
First of all, Audible sucks. Their phone app (on WP7) is malware. Once you turn it on it drains the battery in two hours even if you don't use it. I had to uninstall it so I may never get to listen to the rest of the book.
My daughter got it as a present. I thought we could listen to it in the car during the daily commute. I had it on for a few minutes and she asked me to turn it off because she was bored. She likes to read. She was not interested in listening for hours to somebody else reading the book (though Anne does a good job in reducing the monotony of book reading).
I enjoyed the narration by Anne Hathaway and comparing how the book differed and remained the same as the original movie we all grew up with.
excellent use of character voices. She was fun to listen to.
Our family LOVED listening to the Wizard of OZ. It was our first audio book and we listened as a family on the 20 minute drive to and from school. Anne Hathaway lived the story as she told it, her voice was magical to listen too. She embodies the characters and makes them come alive. Now we are hooked on audio books!
The children enjoyed hearing how Dorothy met each new character in the book, excited to hear how Anne Hathaway would interpret the character's personality through her voice.
This is our first and we would love to hear more books read by Anne Hathaway!
Yes, it was very entertaining.
When the wizard was fulfilling his promises to the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man.
"Churned" into a magic land.
The book is very entertaining and very suitable for children.
Anne Hathaway's narration of the childhood classic is very well done. If the talented actress could record the rest of the series she would create a lasting treasure.
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and some others of the series, as a youth, but had forgotten how much the book differs from the MGM classic film.
With Disney's new Oz movie coming out, I thought I'd refresh myself on the story. I'm not sure how much of the new movie is based on the Baum source material, but MGM set a precedent by treating this book to a major re-write.
In the book, we are introduced to a dazzling array of characters, creatures and lands, and also to a kind of corny humor that is not quite timeless. For the film, the story is tightened up, and many of the extraneous characters have been removed.
I enjoyed the book, as I did as a child, but would say that this is one of the few instances that major changes to a story in adaption to film were a significant improvement.
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!
Retired military. Spend my time just listening to books, when i cant handle reading.
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!