The book stands on its own. I've just never read it and didn't love it.
Someone who would have prepared better instead of making one voice by talking through her nose, another by copying from the movie (Cowardly Lion), another like a sing song New Yorker.
An American classic.
I wonder if she didn't think this project would be so simple for such an accomplished actress that she didn't find time to prepare.
A wannabe riot.
A fun story. Baum stated that he wanted to create a modern fairy tale in the foreword and he definitely succeeded. A book that will last through time that kids (and adults!) will enjoy. As a sidenote: this audiobook was narrated by Anne Hathaway - and her performance was phenomenal. One of the best narrators I've heard in an audiobook; it sounded like there were numerous people! Great job by her.
I look forward to listening to this book repeatedly!! It was that good!
Hathaway uses great Theatrics in making this book come alive.
This was by far the best narration I have listened to. Anne Hathaway does a spectacular job performing this book.
Anne Hathaway doesn't read the story she performs this classic story. As she narrates the story comes to life with her voices and tone.
Truly a stand apart performance for a great story!!!
As Anne Hathaway read she sucked me in and I couldn't stop listening. Whether I could listen for 5 min. or for hours I didn't want to stop she immediately sucked me into the story.
We all know the story but I loved Anne Hathaway's reading. I smiled the whole way thru it. I really enjoy listening to audible books I drive alot it passes the time. But I really think everyone of all ages would enjoy this book. She does a great job with the different voices.
audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world
I think both are timeless however with Anne Hathaway telling the story it give this classic yet another new look to it. Anne is an amazing story teller and gives this story such life.
I just love how simple the story is and how this classic just takes you away from your life into another world at another time.
Anne was Amazing and gives this classic such life. A wonderful voice with and a great storyteller
Yes, and all thanks to both the timeless story it is and Anne preforming it.
Know matter how many times you have read it or have seen it, this version will give it new life with the great Anne Hathaway.
This is a short romp of a story, so to compare it with most of my library is difficult, still I have some titles that my kids and I share on long rides through the New England Countryside, this one is absolutely one of the best. Anne Hathaway is terrific. My twelve year old was really impressed with her character diversity, (he is of course, unusually astute like his Father...) All kidding aside, this is a terrific book in content and performance, five stars man, five of them. (15 if you add them together.)
Story wise I guess I would have to say it was a bit more like Alice In Wonderland than I had anticipated. I recall looking at the cover of the book in the library when I was in grade school and being terribly troubled by the protrusion of needles from the lumpy head of the scarecrow. Having read the actual story, 30 plus years later, I understand much better. If your only exposure to the tale is through the movie, you should certainly add this title to your collection, even if you don't have young children to share it with. Don't get me wrong, I still love the film, but now I understand how much departure there was from the original story to adapt to the screen, not to spoil it too much for you but, there are NO RUBY SLIPPERS...
I have not listened to Anne Hathaway's other performances, I certainly would now. I am familiar with Anne as an actress, one of the few who's name I can actually recall in conversation. I find her to be incredibly talented, and yes I admit, lovely to look upon, but this is an auditory experience we are discussing here. I was particularly impressed with Anne's multiple character portrayals and the fact that she did not simply follow the voices of the film version. She owned the entire performance, and as has been stated often here, was spot on, bringing everything to life.
Here's a truly odd question to answer given the circumstances, however, it's easy enough. I certainly would not attempt to recreate what had been done so long ago with such perfection and apparent timelessness. I must say that I find that Gregory Maguire's series The Wicked Years, though, decidedly more suited to a mature audience, would be the best new hope for adaptation to film.
Enjoyed hearing the story, much different than the movie that I grew up with it.
I would have liked a different performer, I have heard much better performances and was disappointed with this one.
It is worth listenening to learn the whole story.
Just a woman with an unhealthy addiction to literature, the beach and a ice cold drink.
Its a light, imaginative, richly detailed and animated by timeless characters. Easily written for the child in all of us at any age.
I think to ask this question is to ask, what part? The storyline aspect? Alice in Wonderland, small girl in new world while trying to get home. In imagination of the new world? Peter Pan's Neverland. In timeless classic appeal? Everything the Bronte sisters ever wrote.
Her capture of the small characters ( like the Field Mouse Queen) as well as the major characters. Really enjoyed listening to her!
I did! A long flight from Florida to Washington DC. Yup, broke the rules and listened even during the no electronics time-frame on my flight. Light and infinately better than the captains voice about how we had to wait additional time till takeoff. Yup, daredevil.
Your still reading this? Why? You already know your going to enjoy it, just stop reading and get it already!
I thought I knew Oz, from years of loving the various versions of the movie, the plays, and reading Wicked. Not! L. Frank Baum's story is more complex, less scary, and more thought- provoking than the movie, and I plan to read more of the series as a result. Someone said to me "This was the 'Harry Potter' series of its era", and I can see how! Ann Hathaway's narration was terrific!