Anne Hathaway's narration of the childhood classic is very well done. If the talented actress could record the rest of the series she would create a lasting treasure.
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and some others of the series, as a youth, but had forgotten how much the book differs from the MGM classic film.
With Disney's new Oz movie coming out, I thought I'd refresh myself on the story. I'm not sure how much of the new movie is based on the Baum source material, but MGM set a precedent by treating this book to a major re-write.
In the book, we are introduced to a dazzling array of characters, creatures and lands, and also to a kind of corny humor that is not quite timeless. For the film, the story is tightened up, and many of the extraneous characters have been removed.
I enjoyed the book, as I did as a child, but would say that this is one of the few instances that major changes to a story in adaption to film were a significant improvement.
mom of six
My 5 year old listened to this book with me over two days. We both enjoyed it. I was amazed at Anne Hathaway's versatility in her narration. Only 1 or 2 of her voices were quite annoying. The rest were marvelous. My five year old was completely captivated and listened to this book straight over many hours.
The ending (after the hot air balloon takes off with the wizard) is so different from the movie. My five-year old says, "I love the part where the wall is made out of china and the people are made from china.
Dorothy and the Tin Man were our favorites.
Yes, but we couldn't finish it; we had a life to live along the way!
Highly recommend for kids. What a treat that it was free!
Retired military. Spend my time just listening to books, when i cant handle reading.
It's the wizard of oz. Anne Hathaway did an excellent job in reading.
I guess those scenes that did not make it to the screen. Like the mice kingdom.
Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.
Hathaway voices all the characters differently and adds emotion to the voices. It's absolutely awesome. I love the way these books are written as well. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. No regrets at all picking this one of the many choices!
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