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Deborah

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2171)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2001)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Anne keeps your focus on her instead of the story."
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    Would you try another book from L. Frank Baum and/or Anne Hathaway?

    I would try another book by L. Frank Baum, but I would run away from Anne Hathaway as fast as I could. I have listened to many audio books, but this is the really the worst listening experience that I have had with one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    When the stork spoke in a Valley Girl voice. I had been trying to forgive her narration for the sake of listening to the differences between the book and the movie until I got to that point. It was really jumping the shark. Unfortunately there were many horrible voices to follow.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Hathaway’s performance?

    I felt like she tried too hard and pushed herself in front of the story. I couldn't get immersed into the fiction due to her cringe worthy voices with out of place accents and her misinterpretations of how the characters would vocalize in different places. Such as using a haughty voice when a character should sound frightened. Or even smiling mockingly while narrating a serious point in the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    There is nothing wrong with the written work. It is the voice talent that took away from the overall experience. I think it is important to experience books unabridged.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes the scarecrow does sound kinda like Marge Simpson, but much more manic and with a Zombie-like fervor for BRAINS!! This was actually my favorite of her voice characters.

    I think this reading is probably suitable for young children (as long as they don't mind wolves getting their heads chopped off and crows getting their necks twisted and broken.) Young children are probably amused by Anne's antics and her greatest follies will fly right over their heads. I listen to many audio books with my children and I want to be able to enjoy listening to the story as well and this book does not satisfy in that regard.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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