I am ashamed to admit I had never read the original book; I found the differences between this, and the movie I know so well, both startling and refreshing.
Anne Hathaway does a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life (and making sure the next generation doesn't get so old before they discover the original story!)
A classic like this should be read with personality and Anne Hathaway does exactly that! I know the story; however, it's a pleasure hearing Anne change her voice per character. This is how I read stories to my grandchildren and that is what captivates them!
Hmmmm, very good question ; however, I'm not quite sure.
I love when Dorothy is meeting the scarecrow, tin man and lion.
Anne Hathaway read this superbly!
This is the story of The Wizard of Oz as it was meant to be! MGM and Judy Garland, be damned! This is the definitive tale of Dorothy, her friends and their adventures!
Since I'll be playing the Cowardly Lion in a production of The Wiz in 2015, I'm bias. I love Dorothy's kindness and sympathy, and all the wonderful qualities the three friends possess.
Anne does a terrific job! I'm amazed she kept all those voices straight!
A film of this has already been made and woe unto those who try to remake it!
Up there with the best. Most of us know the story but the difference between the movie and the story kept me interested.
Anne Hathaway's performance was so engaging and enthusiastic that my young children listened for almost 2 hours at a stretch in the car on long drives without talking the whole way through. I would rate that as a rare achievement in this age of screen addiction. The character voices and pace of the reading allowed us to follow the story easily without becoming "bored".
This audiobook has something for all ages. Not just a kids book that I tuned out after the first 5 minutes. I look forward to hearing more books from Anne Hathaway.
Anne Hathaway did a fantastic job narrating this book. I did not realize the movie took as many liberties as it did - but I won't say anymore because don't want to spoil it for others. It was a fun listen, I likely will listen again in the future.
The Wizard of Oz was one of my favourite books growing up, especially as a serial audiobook in Storyteller2. I was also quite excited to see Anne Hathaway as a reader. Unfortunately, she completely ruined this book reading. Her accents were so extreme, jarring and incongruous, her voices so unpleasant and grating that you find yourself constantly irritated by her despite this lovely story. After awhile I found I was simply dreading picking up my iPhone to listen to this so I stopped. Such a pity!
I cannot say that I prefer the audio to the written version of the story. I have always been partial to the written word. The audio was merely a means to listen to stories at work.
Anne Hathaway does an amazing job narrating this story. Her voice and intonations and the changes for each character really bring the story to life as you listen to her. This has always been one of my favorite stories. I will be looking to see if she narrates any other stories.
I have not listened to any of Anne's other narrations but I have watched several of her films. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her tell the story of the Wizard of Oz. I will be looking for more stories she reads.
Absolutely. Anne Hathaway does an amazing job as narrator and performer. Her voices are delightful and consistent. A reviewer below had me nearly afraid to get this version, because of claims that she sounds like Marge Simpson when she does the Scarecrow, but I didn't find that to be true at all. I was expecting MARGE SIMPSON and got something a little (marge simpson)ish, but I wouldn't have connected it to Marge at all if someone hadn't suggested it.
I love audiobooks and this has just become my new favorite. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a favorite book for years and hearing Anne Hathaway's reading of it brought it into a whole new realm of pleasure. She is absolutely brilliant with the voices, the emotion, the inflections, all of it. My grown daughter who was home for several days because she was sick listened to it twice. It's that good. This is what audiobooks, particularly of children's stories, should be.
I really enjoyed the story and the enthusiastic performance by Anne Hathaway.
I loved how my son, after listening to the story, asked for more.