I'm glad that I ignored those who complained about the narration of this wonderful story for children. Ms. Hathaway - who turned out NOT to be the one from The Beverly Hillbillies - did an absolutely delightful job with all the voices. She made it really fun, and a bit silly sometimes, just like I used to do back when my kiddies were small. It is a first-rate performance, with emphasis on performance.
The story of course, the performance of Anne is perfect for me:) The nuances and everything. I really appreciate it. It's easy to listen and very enjoyable.
The whole story is memorable of course
She's great. I did not know she knows a lot of voices; And nuances in the performance are spot on. I really enjoyed listening to her.
I just love this book:) and listening to it is a delight
I have ALREADY recommended the audio book to EVERYONE I know!
What a great performance!
She brought all of the characters to life!
Sometimes I get distracted while I'm listening to a book while driving or walking and start thinking about other things... with Anne Hathaway, I was HOOKED! I couldn't wait to get in the car so I could listen!
All of the other reviews are right, listen to THIS version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You won't regret it!
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
I have watched the movie many times but never read the book. So I loved how the book has many more characters in it. It's a great story of not knowing just how much you can do with what you have. The scarecrow didn't need a brain as he was growing smarter every day. The Tin man might not had a real heart but he was full of heart when he saved the Queen of the field mice. The Cowardly Lion already had courage when it came time to help his new friends. :)
Hands down the Cowardly Lion!!
It made me laugh but mostly because of Anne Hathaway and her voices. :)
Ten times better than the movie I would recommend everyone try the book!
The story is good and the performance of Ann Hathway is breath taking
Several voices and perfect voice
We listen to it all the time, it has become a fast favorite for the whole family.
I wish there were other children's books to compare Anne Hathaway's performance to, but Ihaven't found anything else quite as dynamic. It is hard to engross both adults and five year olds,but this classic has done just that.
Book Lovin' Grandma
This is the first audiobook I have listened to. I chose it so that I could listen with my 9 year old grandson whenever he spent the night; he always looked forward to hearing several chapters before he fell asleep.
It is hard to choose just one moment, but comparing the differences between the book and the movie with Judy Garland was a lot of fun, for both of us!
I think Anne has a youthful voice that is filled with fun and energy. Her voices for the characters are convincing and quite different from each other.
As in the movie, it is a special moment when Dorothy finally finds her way back home.
Children will enjoy listening to this story. I am glad my grandson got to hear the original book version, because I don't think he would have read it for himself since, as most kids will say, "I've already seen the movie!" He is glad he has also now heard the book! Highly recommend it to others.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
The best part was the narration.
That it wasn't 1:1 with the film. I've never read/heard the book before, and the additional details were fun to learn (like why the tin man is made of tin, and more about the flying monkeys, and stuff like that)
Oh, she was excellent. I liked everything about her performance. An excellent narrator.
This isn't that kind of book... but it did occasionally make me laugh, and I guess that moved me.
This is a quirky little tale well narrated by Anne Hathaway. She did an excellent job changing her voice for each character and I found that it captivated my child's attention so that she could listen to 2 chapters at a time and asked for more. It was fanciful but not too complicated for a child to follow.
I am a lover of the fantastic! The adventure!
Kids 4 to 8 years old should enjoy this story.
I do not have a favorite character in this book.
Anne Hathaway is great for kids books, yet she shows that she does not understand tonality in some of her characters. Accents were completely wrong and caused me to want some of the characters to leave the story and never return.