If you are a member of the radio generation, this series represents the VERY BEST of that generation. I read all of the Nero Wolfe series, and as a child I listened to Sydney Greenstreet. Once again, I was transported through that aesthetic distance to the never-never land of the imagination.
If you are not a member of the radio generation, try it. You might be shocked. You may find Greenstreet's renderings strange and/or wonderful. Who knows?
So seldom does one come across such an experience. This audio version is equal to or greater than the written word. Many books of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries were written to be read aloud (think Dickens, here). Oz is a late version of this. This is how many families used to spend their evenings…working on crafts (handwork) and reading to each other. Too bad James Joyce and Marcel Proust spoiled that (IMHO). So whether you are 70 (as I am) or 7, it makes no difference. This is literature.
Here's a thought…if your grandchildren do not like your voice when you read to them, turn this on and sit there and hold their hands. Watch them smile and drift off to Oz dreamland.
This award-winning actress is partially responsible for the rebirth of classic social satire/farce/drawing-room comedies. She reads all the roles, not adequately, but superbly! Some of her characterizations I would not have thought of in a million years, and thereby creates a newness to this classic that was needed, unexpected, and so refreshing. Just like you, I love the 1939 movie. But the highest compliment I can pay Hathaway is…not once during her reading did I think of or compare her interpretation to the movie. I was shocked at how good a vocal actress she is. (No pretty face or gorgeous costumes here.)
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