I love Anne Hathaway as an actress. She did a horrifyingly bad job of narrating this lovely story. The voices she created for the various characters were strange and didn't fit with the story at all. And some of them were just unlistenable. I found myself eager for the audiobook to be over. Very disappointing.
Enjoyed hearing the story, much different than the movie that I grew up with it.
I would have liked a different performer, I have heard much better performances and was disappointed with this one.
It is worth listenening to learn the whole story.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book. I reads one book a week due to Audible.
My family and I drove from Boston to New York listening to "the wonderful wizard of Oz." At 3HRs 52MIN OZ was the prefect length for a long car ride. We were enthralled and memorized by the depth and beauty of the story. The book is moderately different from the movie, which allows much discussion around the discrepancies. The narrator, Anne Hathaway, is excellent, where she bring so much magic and life to multiple characters. Our family continues to discuss the book weeks after completion.
The story is ten thousand times better than the movie. Oz is a magical place and makes listeners nostalgic for a simpler time i.e. childhood and the innocence that comes with it.
I loved when Dorothy enters the China City. It was not featured in the movie but it should have. The China City adds to the magic of Oz.
She is a wonderful actress on screen but an even better voice actress. She really brings the characters to life.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sends you not only to Oz but brings you to a simpler time.
Wonderful book, wonderful narrator and you can't ever go wrong with a classic.
This is simply a delightful and classic story that I and my children (ages 9 & 6) have enjoyed. If you've only seen the film, you should treat yourself to the novel - though it is admittedly difficult not to judge the book in light of the epic film.
What I could not tolerate was Anne Hathaway's dreadful performance. Ideally the narration should complement the story, but not distract or steal from the author's words. Hathaway's performance is a complete distraction - to the point that you hope certain characters won't have anything else to say because you don't want to hear her needlessly over-the-top voicing. Why does the palace guard have a southern (US) accent? Why does another person have a French accent? It's all just too much.
Do yourself a favor and pick from the 5 or so other versions of Baum's classic on Audible.
The book is so much more detailed than the original movie. The back story to OZ and its inhabitants is more prominent.
I had never read the books but only saw the movie. Both myself and my six year old daughter. At first she didn't care for it because it didn't follow the movie, but then I explained how the book is the "real" story and the movie is the "Hollywood version" of it. She then listened with new ears and loved the true story and cannot wait for the next books and the new adventures!
I extremely enjoyed listening to Anne Hathaway read The Wizard of Oz. She has a wonderful interpretation of this story and is very animated. She gives each character a unique voice and so gives the story life. She paints a lovely picture and created empathy with all of the characters and their plights. It is a very charming children's story that even adults and teens will enjoy with smiles and laughter.
It's toward the top of the list. Maybe #2 or #3. The story is wonderful, of course. But Anne Hathaway's narration? AMAZING! Take this story to a completely different level.
I can't decide. Every time a new character comes onto the scene. The discussions with the Queen Field Mouse was enchanting. And every time something exciting happens.... (because I can't really narrow down just one.)
No, I have not. But I intend on doing so immediately!
Anne Hathaway as Dorothy.
I'll definitely be listening to this again! It kept me smiling, enchanted and happy through tremendously horrible traffic.
Sometimes you need to return to the source to remember just how good it was in the beginning. L. Frank Baum's delightful tale is still wonderful and not too different from the musical movie of the Thirty's that is now the familiar version.
People are so accustomed to the Judy Garland version that we forget the original story. The biggest shock is a reminder that the ruby slippers were silver.
Anne Hathaway was absolutely superb in this reading. She acts all the characters with her flexible voice and they are clear and distinct. Additionally she does the characters in a way that will appeal to children and old children alike. I hope to hear a lot of reading from her in the future. She is a super talent.
The combination of story and performance gives this a "10" rating on almost any rating system.