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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Audible Editor Reviews

Anne Hathaway is nothing short of masterful in her narration of Baum’s beloved classic. As she guides listeners through the world of munchkins, winkies, and quadlings; witches; and the humbug Oz, Hathaway’s impressive vocal repertoire shines. As narrator, she is lithe yet precise; her voice sounds lilting or emphatic, as the story details require. In character, she is spectacular. Each character is filled with personality - a light-voiced Witch of the North; a brusque soldier at Oz’s palace; a monotone, robot-like Oz; and a usually cheerful and genuine Dorothy. The variety enriches the listening experience. Yes, one may know the story well, but Hathaway makes this recording a definitive one.

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Female, 2013

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. Academy Award-winning actress 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.

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as they get swept away into the magical land of Oz , where they encounter characters and places you may remember from the movie – and several more that never made it to the big screen – on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City.

“It’s such a wonderful book and I was so happy to be a part of bringing it to life”, Ms. Hathaway said. “There are a lot of great voices in it. The more fun you have with it, the sillier and the more free you get with it, the better it is because it’s a story that can handle it. It’s amazing to be able to discover something new about something you feel you know so well.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Anne Hathaway is nothing short of masterful in her narration of Baum’s beloved classic…As narrator, she is lithe yet precise; her voice sounds lilting or emphatic, as the story details require. In character, she is spectacular. Each character is filled with personality—a light-voiced Witch of the North; a brusque soldier at Oz’s palace; a monotone, robot-like Oz; and a usually cheerful and genuine Dorothy. The variety enriches the listening experience. Yes, one may know the story well, but Hathaway makes this recording a definitive one.” (AudioFile)

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    Joe 07-29-16
    Joe 07-29-16

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    "Great classic with fantastic narration"

    Hathaway does justice to this edition. Her character voicing is distinct and expressive without being overwrought.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Blythe, CA 06-28-16
    Amazon Customer Blythe, CA 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly Talented Narration"

    Anne Hathaway did an amazing job narrating this beloved story. My two sons and I enjoyed listening to this very much.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Scott Frase 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful narrator!"

    My 4 and 5 year old girls were enchanted by Anne Hathaway's delightful narration of this classic. They have tried listening to this story narrated by others and none were able to hold their attention like this one. They were captivated to the very end!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "the wonderful wizard of oz"

    First book I ever heard liked very much. Will get more books to hear. Liked Anne's voice ..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wildfire Sierra Vista, AZ 06-02-16
    Wildfire Sierra Vista, AZ 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging and very enjoyable!"

    The story is very good but the narrator is simply WONDERFUL!
    To be honest, I bought it for my children to listen to, but I was captivated by the well done narration myself!
    Buy it! You'll be glad that you did!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne New Buffalo, MI, United States 05-22-16
    Susanne New Buffalo, MI, United States 05-22-16
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    "Awesome"

    It was awesome love the story and narrator!! ^•^ '•' AMAZING!! L♡VE Bella bai... I

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    L. Ball 05-05-16
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    "Lovely, exciting, great for all ages! Must read!"

    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.

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    Micky 05-04-16
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    "Anne hathway!"

    Very great a lovely story
    I love it ha ha a good perform by anne hathway

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    midobal 05-03-16
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    "Nice classic"
    Any additional comments?

    “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.”

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Anne Hathaway is amazing!"

    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.

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    11/30/14
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    "Brilliant narration"
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    Anne Hathaway does a great job of bringing this story to life. She uses different voices to depict the characters and I looked forward to my next instalment each day. The story is good, and there are some variations from the film which is interesting. I will definitely be looking for other books read by Anne Hathaway. My only complaint is I wish it was longer!!!

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  • Manfred
    Herten, Netherlands
    12/23/12
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    "Wonderful"

    I guess everybody knows the story about Dorothy and Toto. If not from the movie with Ms. Garland then from reading the story by L. Frank Baum. But hearing it being narrated by Anne Hathaway is another dimension. I loved how she changes her voice to portrait the different characters. The story came to life again for me. I never read the sequels to the book, but this has prompted me to start doing so. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves a good story. Being Dutch I also recommend this audiobook to other Dutch people who love to read and hear stories in English.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Good reading of a classic"

    This is very well read by Anne Hathaway, engaging for the children who listened with wrapt attention. It is a familiar tale to most British children, although some of the scenes are quite frightening for young ones (much as the film is). The story is more elaborate than the film, and has an extended coda.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The great world of Oz"

    Always been very found of the Wizard of Oz collection and must say this audible version is very good. Anne Hathaway gives life to this world and characters and her reading is very good.



    I enjoyed this a great version for kids to listen to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert S.
    1/21/16
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    "wonderful wizard of OZ"

    It was a great book, where Dorothy and the others travel to OZ to find their true happiness, listen to find out if their wishes come true...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    12/21/15
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    "a true classic read by a classy lady"

    i remember that as a child, TWOO was one of the first books i read cover to cover. it was a rainy Saturday, and i curled in the corner of my parents 70s orange sofa. much later i had a crush on Anne Hathaway. so this performance is the best of all worlds. pure joy.

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