This is simply a delightful and classic story that I and my children (ages 9 & 6) have enjoyed. If you've only seen the film, you should treat yourself to the novel - though it is admittedly difficult not to judge the book in light of the epic film.
What I could not tolerate was Anne Hathaway's dreadful performance. Ideally the narration should complement the story, but not distract or steal from the author's words. Hathaway's performance is a complete distraction - to the point that you hope certain characters won't have anything else to say because you don't want to hear her needlessly over-the-top voicing. Why does the palace guard have a southern (US) accent? Why does another person have a French accent? It's all just too much.
Do yourself a favor and pick from the 5 or so other versions of Baum's classic on Audible.
As a general rule, I read everything Dean Koontz writes - and I will continue to do so. But this work left me wanting. Unlike Koontz's more traditional heart-pounding thrillers with a touch of the supernatural (sometimes more than a touch), this book is very slow - even plodding. The action is limited. There is a definite Koontzian heart-warming payoff, but it's just not worth all the lengthy build-up.
A true classic. Scalzi's delightful wit comes through - and Dufris provides an outstanding voice to the compelling narrative. I couldn't stop listening!
For those of you who have loved Koontz as long as I have (20+ years), this is a delightful throwback to older favorites like Midnight & Lightening. It's an engrossing mix of sci-fi & outright spookiness - also charged with that biting social commentary that we Koontz fans love. One of his best in years!
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