I'm in the minority about Anne Hathaway's performance. I thought she was wonderful with the narration but when she did the different voices and accents I found they were very annoying. The scarecrow sounded like Marge Simpson, one of the other characters sounded like a french maid and another one a valley girl. I love the movie and had never read the original story. I still have to say I love the movie better than the book
I believe that the book should have bin something I should have read when I was younger, as it is now I like it, but I di not love it. And the way that Ann Hathaway reads the story is really special and lovely and I love here preferment.
YES. I would b/c there are some small details I'm sure I missed while listening. But I would only listen to it again after I looked at the movie to try to compare.
The scarecrow, because although he said he didn't have a brain he was able to think out plans to save them when they were under attack from wicked witch until she sent the flying monkeys.
My favorite scene was the attack from the wicked witch.
Some scenes made me laugh out loud.
I learnedly something new in the book the slippers are silver and not red as the movie depicts them. Also the demise of the second wicked witch. Although she died of melting as in the movie it wasn't because Dorothy was try to put the flames out on the scarecrow. It just makes me wonder why Hollywood would put that little spend on it from all those years ago. Excellent book great classic!
Of course, I know the movie and I remember reading these books as a child, so I was already favorable disposed to the Wizard of Oz but I was delighted with the audio performance from Anne Hathaway. I am new to Audible and this audio book made a good impression on me. Thank you.
Yes but that comes from my having read the books as a child. I suppose it depends on the artist who narrates.
Yes, indeed! While I love reading (my favorite activity) I was entranced by Anne Hathaway's spectacular rendition of the various characters in Oz. She brings a liveliness and sparkle to all the voices which makes this one of those books where you deliberately miss the off-ramp just to keep listening a few minutes longer (you know you do it too). The book is a charming little children's tale. The audio version is a breathless leap into a world that defies imagination.
Nothing really compares to the world of Oz. But, for fun you might like Gregory Maguire's alternate take on the Oz myth, Wicked and the sequels.Not as good as Baum's originals but good nonetheless.
While it is impossible to pick out a single favorite, I have to say everything with the soft-spoken wizard was delightful. Hathaway's southern inflected wizard is a joy.
It made me grin like a maniac with pleasure. This performance is close to perfect. In fact, give it a ten! Or, maybe an eleven (with apologies to Spinal Tap).
Don't think this is just for kids. Be warned though. Stodgy people, young or old, will not like or get it. But then, they never did.
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
One of the most entertaining (because the story is a bit different than the movie!) stories i've listened to in awhile!
I have to admit what i liked best of all was Anne's delivery!
Every single character had a unique voice and she delivered it so naturally; i was captivated and will listen to it over and over!
The ending was not quite as moving in the book as it was in the movie; but still very good read!
Anne Hathaway really seemed to enjoy reading the book and she took the time to get into character for each character in the book. I loved her voice for the Tin Man best, I think.
I don't usually read fantasy books, but I enjoyed this one, so I don't really have anything to compare it to except the only other kid's fantasy book I've enjoyed, which was "The Hobbit."
She really seemed to enjoy the story and get emotionally involved with the characters.
Forget the classic, this is the movie they SHOULD HAVE made back then.
Say something about yourself!
This is a perfect audiobook. Anne Hathaway brings the book alive with many characters. I laughed out loud so often, I began to wish she weren't an oscar-winning actress so she could spend all of her time as a voiceover artist. This classic is highly recommended for those with or without kids.
I loved that Anne Hathaway gave different voices and personalities to the delightful characters of Oz. She moves the story along at a wonderful pace and engages you completely. From the grey begining in KS to the magic of Oz and back it takes you on your own wonderful journey on the yellow brick road.
Dorothy was by far my favorite character Anne created. Her personality and spirited childlike nature came through beautifully.
This is a book you will want to listen to not only in one sitting, but over and over.
The ONLY reason I dinged the "Performance" rating was because I didn't like the character she created for The Wizard.