I read this book as a child so long ago I had forgotten how different it was from the Judy Garland movie. As an adult, I am not crazy about the book. It is too repetitive. I actually find the movie to be greatly superior, Dorothy and Toto are more active protagonists, and the plotting is better. However the book includes many detailed, whimsical places not depicted in the movie, such as the China Doll Village.
I would recommend it to a younger reader, for an appreciation of the source material.
Most likely a George RR Martin "Dunk and Egg" story.
At first, I found Anne Hathaway's narration irritating, but she broke her stride once Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. From this point onward, Hathaway flaunts her vocal range as she covers several different voices. Each one sounded distinct. I especially liked how the Wizard has a western accent, he sounds like he would originate from Omaha!Sometimes she was borderline sing-songy, but I can forgive that since she was narrating a modern fairy tale.
Yes, and I enjoyed using whispersync with it, too. It was handy for when the environment got too loud to listen comfortably.
Trying out this new audiobooks bizo. It's kinda cool.
Exciting, Imaginative, Alive
You can visualize the land of Oz just by listening to the story.
The lion was probably my favorite character. She really captured his shy nature. Anna Hathaway definitely used all her tones and projection well for all characters. I had no problem following along the conversations and the narration was far from boring.
Well there is already a film out there, an oldie but a goodie. Oh and the new movie is out now too. I don't know of the tag lines but the "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore Toto" is a good one.
In the top 10%
It is fun and playful, and intriguing. I'd never read the book, but I've loved the movie. I don't know why I put it off this long.
We're off to see the wizard?
Okay, I'll admit... I've not been a big Anne Hathaway fan. I'm not sure what it is, but she just doesn't do it for me. I know, I know, I'm one of five--maybe six, guys who feel this way. Not that I hate her or anything, I just don't understand the hype. What can I say?
But I was blown away by her performance. She did extremely well, I was seriously impressed. I might have to reevalutate how I feel about her based on her performance here alone. Or not. Either way, I thought she hit the home run with this recording. I would seriously consider picking up other audio books performed by Anne.
I think what strikes me as most memorable is the group's first visit to the All Powerful Oz. I was surprised that Oz saw each character individually and in a way that was completely different from the movie.
I think I enjoyed the Wicked Witch of the West the best. Ms. Hathaway seemed to revel in the witches nastiness.
Without giving anything away the book is definitely worth reading. The basic plot is the same, but there are a lot of differences. The differences make the story fresh, especially if you are only familiar with the Judy Garland movie.
I had never read this book as a child but I had seen the movie. I decided to listen to this book with my 7 year old son. We listened to a little bit each night before bed and we both absolutely loved it. Anne Hathaway does an excellent job with the voices. It was a great listen and i was pleasenetly surprised to find my son asking for it each night.
I had never read the printed version of the book so I didn't really know what to expect from the audio version. Now I'm glad that I listened to the audiobook first because I absolutely loved this reading by Anne Hathaway. It was so much fun! She went all out with different voices for the different characters and it felt almost like theatre in my head.
The story is also a timeless classic for good reason. If you enjoyed the movie, the book offers a darker side to the tale and is definitely worth looking into.
This story is a classic that everyone should read or listen to. Anne Hathaway enhances the story with her pleasant voice.
Have not listened to another book.
I did not finish it. But my 12 year old loves the book.
Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
Ann hathoway brings this much beloved story alive with her preformance
I liked having vague memories from childhood through out the book
When they first enter the emerald city
A bargain price, well worth a listen or three
This is a childhood favorite of mine and fondly remember my father explaining the economical and historical allegory. I wanted to hear it again. It was much shorter than I remembered but is just as wonderful. If you are not looking for the historical allegory its still a fabulous childrens book. I do have to say I was suprised that I did not enjoy the narrator as much as I expected. I love Anne Hathaway but her interpretation of the scarecrow was very hard for me to listen too. This is still a great listen for both parent and child or just for an adult.