I had never read this story but of course had seen the movies based on the book. I enjoyed the book much more than the movies because it was more innocent if that makes sense. The Wizard of Oz scared me as a child and I never really wanted to show it to my children. The book however is charming. I know there are supposed to be hidden agendas in the book but I don't care about any of that. The narrator did a good job in portraying different characters and making the story come to life. I'm glad this title was available so cheaply for only $0.99. I listened to it all on the first day and now will listen again with my children.
Very colorful story. Way better than the movie. Ann Hathaway is exceptional. Will listen to it many many times. Well done.
It was very difficult to appreciate the wonderful tale, as it was originally written, due to the ingratiating voice of Anne Hathaway. I listen to many audiobooks during my long commute. With most of the books that are narrated by celebrities I am able to get lost in the storyline. Those books feel natural. Each character is imbued in a particular manner which makes him or her easily believed. This is not one of those books. The characters within sound like Anne Hathaway being... Anne Hathaway. As the book continued, the accent, voice and tone assigned to each individual character progressively became more annoying and eventually just downright ridiculous. Towards the end the voices sounded like 1980's "valley girl" audio caricatures. At no point should a book written at the turn of the century have that accent. Actually no book should contain that accent (unless it is an audiobook about "valley girls").
I gutted it out until the end for the sheer sake of learning the original ending. In retrospect, I wish I had aborted my mission and bought a version narrated by someone else. Anyone else.
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An enjoyable children's story that is a timeless story. I actually enjoyed this story better than anticipated. I liked how the books beginning seemed to be in black and white just like how the moving is. I really liked the TV series the Tin Man that was based on this book. Anne Hathaway is a very good narrator, although some of her interpretations of how certain characters will sound do not fit. Thanks Audible for the freebie.