I couldn't help but compare this to the 1939 movie (Judy Garland as Dorothy) production that I saw on television when I was a teenager because that movie created a very special image of the story in my memory. I have to say that this production (Anne Hathaway's narration) is as good but also in a different way. Anne Hathaway is just amazing in narrating different characters in the story (and I wasn't particularly a big fan of this actress in movies). She creates a special world out of this story. She must have gone through a lot of trouble preparing for playing more than ten different characters. As a teenager, I thought the story had (cute) flaws (e.g., a brainless scarecrow wouldn't be asking for a brain if he did not have a brain, etc.), but now that I am an adult, I could just enjoy the way this brilliant actress presents the story. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I greatly enjoyed the story Baum wrote, and don't know why I waited so many years to "read" it. I found Hathaway's performance quote enjoyable as well. She was able to bring a few different voices to the characters and I think it added a nice touch. Children would probably enjoy listening to her read this book to them, and as an adult, I can say I liked it as well.
The world of Oz is full of fantastic people and strange things, and I can't wait to get back into it in the other Oz books.
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.
What a wonderful story! Most people with a casual or nostalgic interest in The Wizard of Oz will be delightfully surprised to find out the book is wonderful but different than the movie. Many things in the movie musical mirror the book quite closely but there is much in the book that is not in the movie. So my three words are Wonderful, Surprised, and Delightful!
What I enjoyed most about listening to this book was re-discovering Oz in all its wonder. And finding out there is more to the Land of Oz than I had ever thought or expected.
Anne Hathaway does an outstanding job of performing this book. There are many different types of characters in this book, from mice to flying monkeys, she portrays each character with a unique voice that if you just read the book, instead of listening, would be lost.
Anne Hathaway does a fantastic job throughout the book! I was not expecting to hear a distinct voice and accent for each character from her. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of the Cowardly Lion. This is definitely one to come back to and listen to over and over again!
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I absolutly loved this story. What I loved best was the friendships Dorothy makes along the way to OZ. The characters explanation of their lives makes you really feel like you want to hear more. You really feel the friendships grow.
I think my favorite character was the lion he wants a courage but what he doesn't see is he already has it. I also like that he bonds with Dorothy while they are at the witches castle and helps her with her courage.
Charming, soft and mellow
A heart is not judged by how much you love;but by how much you are loved by others
I got this book because it was free at the time. As an adult, I didn't care for the story. But I am an adult and this is meant for kids. If you have children, you have to get this book. They will love Anne Hathaway's delivery. She is the perfect narrator for this story.
A person who wasn't overacting. I hated this version soooo much
This whole book is fantastic
If Anne Hathaway had allowed the story to be the central part of this rather than her "interpretation"
I wish I could get my money back. I'm not going to finish this version and I wouldn't ever inflict it on anyone else.
Anne Hathaway's narration was quite good.
Her expressions and interest in the story made it captivating.
Well, I think the film did a bang up job of interpreting the book.
It was fascinating to hear the original story as until now, I'd only known the film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a must listen for everyone. It's engaging, fun, and a popular choice in literary history. Most people know the story from Hollywood's rendition but there's more to hear than to see. The audio book is only about twice as long as the movie, so sit down and enjoy!
Anne Hathaway is delightful to hear. She has a unique and fun voice for each character. Some voices had me literally laughing out loud! Her performance makes this listen a thoroughly enjoyable experience.