I had only seen the film (many, many times) and didn't realize that the book would offer such a different experience! There was so much more to the story. It really turned my understanding of the story on its head.
It is very hard to pick a favorite character since I am fond of all of them from my childhood. Who doesn't like the Cowardly Lion or the Scarecrow?
She did a good job of differentiating all of the characters, however some of her voices were terribly annoying. Thankfully, all of the main characters were voiced very, very well. The supporting cast? Very hit and miss. She chose weird Valley Girl, stereotypical "US Marine", and a slobbery speech impediment accent for various characters. Quite a few times throughout the book, I found myself being torn out of the nice, dreamy place I was in and being tossed into the "Anne is so annoying at times" world. The voices, aside from being poor choices, were often simply jarring.
I wouldn't make a film for this book. A perfectly fine one already exists.
Despite Anne's fantastic ability to make us remember that we're not actually in Oz, we're listening to her think up new, annoying voices, this is overall an extremely enjoyable experience.
Petty good listen considering the short time required . Anne was good. Interesting to listen to the original book and compare to movies
When my son saw "The Great & Powerful Oz," he got very Oz-centric. He was 9 when I downloaded this version, and together we listened to it on the drive to/from school. We loved how Ms. Hathaway kept all the voices distinctly different from eachother, but found the Scarecrow's voice just plain annoying.
The only Wizard of Oz versions I'd experienced were the film versions (with their variants), and I'd been wanting to read the source text, but never found the time. Having it read to me (and my son) was a delight.
I think children might enjoy the character voices, but it was too juvenile for me.
The narrator tries to make everyone sound different by applying regional accents and it is really distracting from the story. She makes the wizard sound like Ellie from Boarderlands. I couldn't finish the book because I couldn't stand to listen to him talk anymore!
I love the book, just not a fan of the narration.
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.