This is a short romp of a story, so to compare it with most of my library is difficult, still I have some titles that my kids and I share on long rides through the New England Countryside, this one is absolutely one of the best. Anne Hathaway is terrific. My twelve year old was really impressed with her character diversity, (he is of course, unusually astute like his Father...) All kidding aside, this is a terrific book in content and performance, five stars man, five of them. (15 if you add them together.)
Story wise I guess I would have to say it was a bit more like Alice In Wonderland than I had anticipated. I recall looking at the cover of the book in the library when I was in grade school and being terribly troubled by the protrusion of needles from the lumpy head of the scarecrow. Having read the actual story, 30 plus years later, I understand much better. If your only exposure to the tale is through the movie, you should certainly add this title to your collection, even if you don't have young children to share it with. Don't get me wrong, I still love the film, but now I understand how much departure there was from the original story to adapt to the screen, not to spoil it too much for you but, there are NO RUBY SLIPPERS...
I have not listened to Anne Hathaway's other performances, I certainly would now. I am familiar with Anne as an actress, one of the few who's name I can actually recall in conversation. I find her to be incredibly talented, and yes I admit, lovely to look upon, but this is an auditory experience we are discussing here. I was particularly impressed with Anne's multiple character portrayals and the fact that she did not simply follow the voices of the film version. She owned the entire performance, and as has been stated often here, was spot on, bringing everything to life.
Here's a truly odd question to answer given the circumstances, however, it's easy enough. I certainly would not attempt to recreate what had been done so long ago with such perfection and apparent timelessness. I must say that I find that Gregory Maguire's series The Wicked Years, though, decidedly more suited to a mature audience, would be the best new hope for adaptation to film.
Enjoyed hearing the story, much different than the movie that I grew up with it.
I would have liked a different performer, I have heard much better performances and was disappointed with this one.
It is worth listenening to learn the whole story.
Just a woman with an unhealthy addiction to literature, the beach and a ice cold drink.
Its a light, imaginative, richly detailed and animated by timeless characters. Easily written for the child in all of us at any age.
I think to ask this question is to ask, what part? The storyline aspect? Alice in Wonderland, small girl in new world while trying to get home. In imagination of the new world? Peter Pan's Neverland. In timeless classic appeal? Everything the Bronte sisters ever wrote.
Her capture of the small characters ( like the Field Mouse Queen) as well as the major characters. Really enjoyed listening to her!
I did! A long flight from Florida to Washington DC. Yup, broke the rules and listened even during the no electronics time-frame on my flight. Light and infinately better than the captains voice about how we had to wait additional time till takeoff. Yup, daredevil.
Your still reading this? Why? You already know your going to enjoy it, just stop reading and get it already!
I thought I knew Oz, from years of loving the various versions of the movie, the plays, and reading Wicked. Not! L. Frank Baum's story is more complex, less scary, and more thought- provoking than the movie, and I plan to read more of the series as a result. Someone said to me "This was the 'Harry Potter' series of its era", and I can see how! Ann Hathaway's narration was terrific!
Of course, to every fan of Anne, it is a must-buy, it is a master piece.
Find that hero in your mind.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I've never read the book before (although of course I've seen the movie many times) and I'm very happy I did. It's mostly the same story from the movie but there are definite differences. I really enjoyed it and am glad I decided to try it out. I'd recommend this as a great read for those that enjoyed the movie or just enjoy a good tale of a little girl trying to get home and has an adventure along the way and makes some good friends. :D
I listened to the audiobook version that was narrated by Ann Hathaway. She did a great job and I really liked the voices she did for this. I think her narration helped make the story even better.
How different the story was from the film. My favorite parts of the story weren't in the film.
I thought the narration was good.
Wizard of Oz - Un Tarnished
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
The movie was an icon of my youth, and yet I never read the book until this week, and the age of 44. What a great book, and better than the movie, which seems nearly impossible. Baum's imagination and the story he crafted is one of interest, courage, and compassion. The characters are more developed and rich than those in the movie, and Dorothy's quest is more satisfying. Anne Hathaway's narration is outstanding, and I hope she narrates more books!
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
What a surprise. I grew up with the 1939 film adaption and therefore can’t remember a moment in my life when I didn’t “know” the Oz narrative. But this was my first encounter with the original text and I was charmed from the first sentence.
I guess the film doesn’t stray too far from the original. But I had a great time spotting the differences when they did appear (and then trying to guess the motivation for MGM introducing those changes into the film). Overall, I think the book is considerably more charismatic than the film – and that is intended as seriously high praise.
Reading other reviewers, it seems the most divisive element of this particular reading is Anne Hathaway’s voice characterizations. I listened to this recording with my three primary-school-aged boys, and I believe it was the voice-acting that kept them glued to the speakers. So for my money, Hathaway did a fantastic job and definitely deserves a five-star rating. But I can also understand how it grated on some people (I’m guessing adults who were listening without kids?).
This engaging story has truly stood the test of time, and really does deserve its reputation as a classic.
I have always enjoyed this story
Her narration of the story is not as good as I thought it was