Of course, I know the movie and I remember reading these books as a child, so I was already favorable disposed to the Wizard of Oz but I was delighted with the audio performance from Anne Hathaway. I am new to Audible and this audio book made a good impression on me. Thank you.
Yes but that comes from my having read the books as a child. I suppose it depends on the artist who narrates.
Yes, indeed! While I love reading (my favorite activity) I was entranced by Anne Hathaway's spectacular rendition of the various characters in Oz. She brings a liveliness and sparkle to all the voices which makes this one of those books where you deliberately miss the off-ramp just to keep listening a few minutes longer (you know you do it too). The book is a charming little children's tale. The audio version is a breathless leap into a world that defies imagination.
Nothing really compares to the world of Oz. But, for fun you might like Gregory Maguire's alternate take on the Oz myth, Wicked and the sequels.Not as good as Baum's originals but good nonetheless.
While it is impossible to pick out a single favorite, I have to say everything with the soft-spoken wizard was delightful. Hathaway's southern inflected wizard is a joy.
It made me grin like a maniac with pleasure. This performance is close to perfect. In fact, give it a ten! Or, maybe an eleven (with apologies to Spinal Tap).
Don't think this is just for kids. Be warned though. Stodgy people, young or old, will not like or get it. But then, they never did.
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
One of the most entertaining (because the story is a bit different than the movie!) stories i've listened to in awhile!
I have to admit what i liked best of all was Anne's delivery!
Every single character had a unique voice and she delivered it so naturally; i was captivated and will listen to it over and over!
The ending was not quite as moving in the book as it was in the movie; but still very good read!
Say something about yourself!
This is a perfect audiobook. Anne Hathaway brings the book alive with many characters. I laughed out loud so often, I began to wish she weren't an oscar-winning actress so she could spend all of her time as a voiceover artist. This classic is highly recommended for those with or without kids.
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.