My 10 year old daughter and i listened to this book. We enjoyed it very much it is beautifully written, descriptive, scary, thought provoking, exciting, and a overall great book. Very different then the movie. I definitely reccomend this book. After each chapter my daughter and I discussed what was happening, how and why etc.. I homeschool and this was a great choice! I would recommend 8 and up with parent but adults and teens alike will enjoy. my daughter did find some of it very scary but not too bad.
“Somewhere over the rainbow,
way up high.
There's a land that I heard of
once in a lullaby.”
I’ve been wanting to read this classic for quite some time now. I watched the movie when a was a kid, but I didn’t remember anything---excepting the main characters and the things they’re looking for.
I knew this was a children’s book but I expected it to be much stronger. Although the plot is fine---considering the audience for which is intended,---it happens way too fast: each new problem is solved right after is introduced.
All and all, it is a nice book to read. Specially one or two chapters at a time.
As for the performance, Anne Hathaway does a good job with the different voices and narration in general, although she has some weak moments (some voices and expressions).
Finally, I couldn’t end this review without a catchy song from the movie version:
“We're off to see the wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
We hear he is a whiz of a wiz, if ever a wiz there was.
If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, The Wizard of Oz is one because.
Because, because, because, because, because.
Because of the wonderful things he does.”
First off you have a modern classic. A story that is familiar to all...or is it? The movie with its technicolor treatment and Hollywood magic is a glossy version of a truly gritty and dark fairy tale that will at times leave you shuddering at what was altered or left out. Anne Hathaway lends a truly captivating and rich voice that will take you through a land and a story that you thought you knew and show you their other side. A must for any fan.
For those who are only familiar with the theatrical version, there are some differences I could point out. This is a longer story. The differences between good and evil are a little less clear cut. There is more violence. Generally, the story is still along the lines of a PG movie and should be appropriate for the family. The story has a little bit more fantasy than the movie and one spoiler, the winged monkeys are good guys!
Anne Hathaway does a decent job. She does "voices" which are fairly decent for the most part, although a few for some minor characters might have you waiting for the character to go away.
I loved this book as a child and I love having it with me wherever I go on both kindle and now audible. The performance was well done and I could see the influence of the film coming out in some of the characters, most notably Bert Lahr, who was Lion.
I will enjoy "reading" this many more times, I'm sure!!!
Anne Hathaway was surprising. I never expected her to bring so much life to the different characters with all her voices. And talk about a shock when I learned of all the ways the book differs from the movie! This was done so well and was truly entertaining.