I am the Director of Learning Centers and an English teacher, a mother of four, a fledgling writer, & an avid reader of almost every genre.
First of all, this is the REAL Wizard of Oz, so even if you didn't like the movie, give it a try. Baum's classic tale is classic for a reason; it tells a clever, insightful, and important story...all wrapped up in a disguise of fun and humor.
Second, Anne Hathaway does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, making the story seem to play out inside your head, and never losing her focus. She should do more audibles!
Last, this is the kind of thing you can play anywhere. Turn it into a family activity on a long trip, listen to a chapter per night with the kids at bedtime, or enjoy it all by yourself and remember the joy of childhood wonder. If your earphones slip free of your device while this is playing, you aren't going to be embarrassed or offend anyone nearby.
I highly recommend this one!
Anne does a wonderful job with all the voices, making the story so real!
There is no comparison, this book is one of a kind.
I loved when Anne played the Lion, but let's be honest, all of her portrayals were fantastic! Everyone had such a distinct voice!
Audiobooks are like games for readers.
I was never a big fan of Oz. I didn't enjoy the film nor the theatrical performances I saw growing up. However, I had never read or listened to the book and Hathaway's reading was phenomenal. I hope she reads some others in the future!
Energy that promotes character individualization.
I'm glad we decided to listen, it is different than the film, but I enjoy it more. My 5 yr old son is just loving it.
In this version, Anne Hathaway
Don't believe there is a comparison
You just got to love Anne
And I did
It is not one of the greatest stories ever told for nothing.
The colourful characters.
i could have - yes
Anne Hathaway's voicework. She embodies the characters with their own distinct voice and personality. It was extremely entertaining and brought the story to life.
When they meet the Wizard. Anne gives him a unique voice. My sons loved listening to her.
I smiled a lot and even laughed out loud as I listened with my sons (11, 10 & 9). It was in watching their wonderment that I truly experienced the story all over again.
Anne Hathaway does a very good job of reading and performing the story. It may be a little too dark for very young children. However for older children and adults it offers a very good listen. However, don't expect the storyline from the movie or even from Maguire's WICKED book, if you do you will be disappointed. The characters you know are all there but they are different and the plot is different. I would recommend the story to anyone who want's a different take on the Wizard of Oz story.
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Familiar story but great reading by Hathaway keeps listeners engaged!
Hathaway keeps the listeners (mainly my children, but me too!) engaged. Our favorite parts of the story, thanks to Hathaway's characterization of each character, are the stork's rescue of the Scarecrow in the river and the indignant Queen of the Field Mice as she responds to the Tin Man's unintentionally demeaning response to her after he saves her life. My daughter could not help but keep rewinding those parts to listen to it over and over again -- giggling and laughing at Hathaway's excellent creation of these characters' voices. Hathaway's performance made revisiting this book a delight.
Please record more books, Anne Hathaway!