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.
An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.
As most kids growing up, I fell in love with the movie "The Wizard of Oz" which isn't a hard thing to do. In my opinion, the movie is fantastic and will forever be one of my favorites. So, it was with great excitement that I found this production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway. And...well...I wasn't blown away. In fact, in some parts, I became a little bored and couldn't help comparing the book to the movie--something I abhor doing when I'm in the middle of reading/listening to a book or watching a movie. I usually like to take both the book and movie as separate entities in their own right with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yet, with this novel, I keep reflecting on how smart the screenwriters of the The Wizard of Oz were when they adapted the film from the book. They strengthened the themes, tightened the plot, and paced the action in the film much better than how it was spread out in the novel.
To be fair, the novel was written in 1900 and has many themes of classic fairy tales in it--most noticeable to me were the repetition of things in threes, which, although a staple in many older fairy tales and fables, can be a bit tiresome to listen to. There's also far more characterization in the novel than the movies, although Dorothy sometimes seems to be more self-centered and self-serving than the Dorothy in the movies (something that should be expected since the novel Dorothy is so much younger than the movie Dorothy).
All in all, this was a worthwhile purchase and worthwhile listen, but it doesn't dazzle. There's no magical transformation of colors like in the movie. But what you do get is interesting enough as long as your expectations are black and white and not technicolor.
Classic book of course. However, Ann Hathaway (at least to me) sounded like Marge Simpson for some of the voices she used to portray the Scarecrow. I had a hard time getting past that. :(
The story itself. A bit different than the classic movie, more details.
Not all actors make good narrators.