Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
This is a fantastic performance of a classic novel with lots of passages most who know the movie wouldn't have heard. Anne does a fantastic job of giving vibrant life to the book with unique voices for every character, the right emphasis in the right places and real passion for her reading. A fast and excellent read. Highly recommend this download.
What a fun read! I absolutely love the movie and was excited to read the book. It was fun going through the book and picking out differences from the movie.
I loved reading more details about this story.
Holy cow. Anne Hathaway had a voice for every single character in the book!! Even the minor characters! This made the read so enjoyable and held my attention throughout the whole book!
Loved loved loved the performance by Anne Hathaway!!
Download and listen to this book!
Yes, Anne Hathaway's performance (and it is certainly a performance) of this story makes it feel like you're listening to a for-radio production.
Having seen the movie but never read the book, it was good to have some of the gaps filled in.
Hathaway does a wonderful job of bringing the differs characters to life with very distinct voices.
I did laugh a couple times, but mostly it was a very plain child's tale.
This isn't my favorite childhood story by any means - some of the characters are downright creepy. For a book that Baum intended to be happy, there is some dark content.
Don't know. Have never read print version.
Dorothy's interaction with the scarecrow.
Great tool to help engage children in reading!
I would probably not try a book from either.
Perhaps books from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, but only for the "road trip" aspect.
Her scarecrow voice was particularly irritating, and all of the voices were a bit too cunning, like an adult talking down to a child.
I will undoubtedly watch the movie again.
Tthe story is a classic, and different from the movie, of course, and well worth enjoying again. I think a child would find the narration acceptable, but I'm not entirely sure if the story isn't a bit scary for younger listeners.
It was good to hear the actual, original Wonderful Wizard of Oz and see just how different it is from the movie. While a better book adaptation that many more modern movies, the famous movie still missed a lot of the highlights of the book.
The best part of this audiobook, however, was the performance. Anne Hathaway does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, giving each of them their own unique (and as in the case of the stork, for me anyway, somewhat unexpected) voices. She helped me to be immersed in the world in a way that the movie never managed proving that while pictures may be worth a thousand words, a well-spoken word can be worth a thousand pictures.
I'm not a huge fan of the movie but wanted to experience the book. Anne Hathaway made it well worth the listen. She is pure joy.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
I'd say this book is in the top 75% of all those I've listened to. It's fun and a nice reminder of one of the greatest joys of my childhood! I lived to watch this every year when it was televised! Judy Garland's performance is renowned, of course. Listen to her rendition of "Over the Rainbow" on YouTube and then begin your journey to Oz!
I'll always cherish EVERY moment involving the Scarecrow - he is, indeed, the one "I miss most of all"!
I thought she made a very believable Dorothy. Dorothy is one of the first, true female heroes. She is polite and feminine, yet very determined and brave - a girl ahead of her time.
It's ALWAYS makes me laugh and cry!
Get it, just for the fun of it!
Ms. Hathaway's reading. It's just a stroke of genius.
Everything. I don't watch movies much so I only heard of her name before. But after listening to this, I'm a big fan of her.
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.