This is a great story made even better by the narration. Anne Hathaway did such a good job on the character voices. She was so creative and made the story come alive.
I didn't know that Anne Hathaway had ever done a book narration before. I was intrigued so decided to try this one as it was pretty inexpensive. I was surprised by how good it was. From the beginning I was hooked because of the funny voices she did. She was creative and consistent throughout the story.
I don't typically enjoy books written for children but this was great. I really got into it. I would recommend it for kids because she does such great voices.
I honestly didn't expect Anne Hathaway to read so well. My kids asked to hear the rest of the story and were extremely amused with her different voices for the characters. A 10/10 performance.
This was a light-hearted listen. It's a nice, short break in between heavier reading material. I can see why some people would not enjoy the narration, it's pretty goofy a times, but for the most part fits the fantastical feeling of the story.
Like historical fiction, Christian fiction/romance, classics, children's/teen fiction, fantasy. Paranormal is okay. No witchcraft/vampires.
Yes, I never would have read the print version myself.
Nothing stands out as memorable, but I liked the added details that weren't in the movie version, such as the origin of the Winged Monkeys. The friendship and loyalty of Dorothy's friends was notable.
She sounded very similar to the movie version of Dorothy and the Lion. I was glad she didn't change their voices. I also liked the Scarecrow's voice. Her narrator's voice (rather than dialogue voice) was very good.
The Journey to Oz
I listened to this with my children, ages 7 to 12. Everyone enjoyed it and looked forward to car trips to continue listening. There are many characters, and Anne Hathaway did a great job with most of them. My kids really liked her "Valley Girl" Stork voice. There were a few voices I cringed listening to, such as the Emerald City farmer and the Wizard himself. However, since the main characters' voices were great, I enjoyed the book as a whole.
Anne Hathaway is an excellent reader! Each character had a different voice and they stayed true to that voice throughout the entire story. Any parent who reads aloud will tell you how tough that is! Her telling made the book come alive for me anew. And my six-year-old daughter has listened to it multiple times. She loves it too!
Remarkably, I never read the Oz books as a kid. Weird, I know, but somehow I never went there. (And truly, this is a weird thing. I read *everything*. Maybe The Wiz was too firmly engrained in my psyche as a movie to register that it was a book first? Or was it a shying away from some aspects of it which seemed too childish for me even as a child? Or was it simply that I never had a copy in the house and the library had much shinier and cooler books to draw my attention? No idea.) This was a freebie on Audible, bless their hearts, and it seemed like time.
Whether aspects of the story might have been too childish for me once upon a time, aspects of the storytelling certainly were listening to this. The silly voices Anne Hathaway provided became a little much at times; there is only so much time I am willing to spend listening to certain types of cartoony voices. And I confess, being used to the relative conciseness of the MGM version, I became impatient with the rather wandering way in which the actual story was spun out. I wonder if I would have liked this as a child. I wouldn't have been trying so hard to apply logic to it then, though I would still have been comparing it to the movie…