Yes. Each one case its merits. In this case Anne's performance is the game changer.
I am not a fantasy/fiction reader. However I value this book on the subtle moral values it pushes to children. In a day and age where parents do not devote much quality time, children are nannied, exposed to various hedonistic influences the need for quality and wholesome content cannot be overelaborated.
Voice Acting. You can imagine the world but it is entirely different to behold a class act. Her reading style is highly topical and engaging.
None. But the book is a classic and needs no introduction. It is a allegory and hence makes you reflect at times. It is fun overall but not extreme.
Anne you need to read much more as from a social cause perspective. Engaging voice acting which the whole family enjoys is a great way to connect and fans.
Anne Hathaway did an amazing job on the voices of the characters. She really brought the performance to life!
My only other exposure to this story was the TV movie. I enjoyed the reading immensely, and also seeing which parts had been changed in the movie. It definitely qualifies as a children's story in my opinion, however, so I was okay that the book wasn't any lengthier than it was.
I had no idea there was so much more to the story of the Wizard of Oz than what cinema brought us. I grew up watching the movie on tv my whole life but never read the original. I was captivated by the beautiful job Anne Hathaway did...so much more than a narration! The personalities that she performed for each character painted such a beautiful illustration of the book. I loved the story and the performance.
I like sci-fi and fantasy as well as an occasional good mystery.
As a classic this story ranks up towards the top. I really enjoyed the spirit Ms. Hathaway brought the reading.
I find that I get more out of listening to books than reading them. It allows my mind to think about what is happening while it was being read. Plus this was a great road trip book.
I would have loved to listen to this book all at once. Unfortunately the drive wasn't long enough.
I would recommend this to any listening with young children.
Exciting, Fun, Different
What I liked and enjoyed most was how vastly different this book is from the very famous film. Dorothy and her friends truly embark upon a journey that takes quite a long time and leads them to encounter things that weren't at all like the movie.
Anne's acting background is ever present, to be honest I think this may be her best acting performance to date.
It was, but since I started it at night, I listened to it in 2 sittings instead!
I truly don't think the film did justice to the amazing brilliance of the book. So much was lost in that adaptation and sadly I feel like many people won't bother reading the book because they think they know the story, they don't at all!
Read it again ! !
Getting from one place to the other for them.
Yes but couldn't and glad because it didn't end too quickly : - )
Cranky elderly writer/copy editor
Ms. Hathaway brought one smile, one grin after another to my face as she infused new life into old and beloved characters for me. Her diction was outstanding and even the most minor of players (the stork, for instance) got their opportunity to shine. Having grown up with the book rather than the movie, I am just tickled to pieces at this reading.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to!
The voices were so well done!
I cannot recall one favorite. The entire audio was great!
My 6 year old and I listened to this book every day on the way to and from school. He could not wait to get in the car to listen to more. It was wonderful to see him so excited about a story!
Illini fan and bibliophile
The first book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series is a masterpiece, and Anne Hathaway's narration only makes it better. She doesn't just read the book - she performs the book. I could listen to this book over and over. I wish that she would narrate all of the books in the series.
It's just fun. Anne Hathaway really gets into the voices, with lots of enthusiasm..
Wow, the book is so much different then the movie - in a good way. Hollywood butchered books even back then.