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.
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.”
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“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)
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
One of the most entertaining (because the story is a bit different than the movie!) stories i've listened to in awhile!
I have to admit what i liked best of all was Anne's delivery!
Every single character had a unique voice and she delivered it so naturally; i was captivated and will listen to it over and over!
The ending was not quite as moving in the book as it was in the movie; but still very good read!
Anne Hathaway really seemed to enjoy reading the book and she took the time to get into character for each character in the book. I loved her voice for the Tin Man best, I think.
I don't usually read fantasy books, but I enjoyed this one, so I don't really have anything to compare it to except the only other kid's fantasy book I've enjoyed, which was "The Hobbit."
She really seemed to enjoy the story and get emotionally involved with the characters.
Forget the classic, this is the movie they SHOULD HAVE made back then.
Say something about yourself!
This is a perfect audiobook. Anne Hathaway brings the book alive with many characters. I laughed out loud so often, I began to wish she weren't an oscar-winning actress so she could spend all of her time as a voiceover artist. This classic is highly recommended for those with or without kids.
I loved that Anne Hathaway gave different voices and personalities to the delightful characters of Oz. She moves the story along at a wonderful pace and engages you completely. From the grey begining in KS to the magic of Oz and back it takes you on your own wonderful journey on the yellow brick road.
Dorothy was by far my favorite character Anne created. Her personality and spirited childlike nature came through beautifully.
This is a book you will want to listen to not only in one sitting, but over and over.
The ONLY reason I dinged the "Performance" rating was because I didn't like the character she created for The Wizard.
First of all, Audible sucks. Their phone app (on WP7) is malware. Once you turn it on it drains the battery in two hours even if you don't use it. I had to uninstall it so I may never get to listen to the rest of the book.
My daughter got it as a present. I thought we could listen to it in the car during the daily commute. I had it on for a few minutes and she asked me to turn it off because she was bored. She likes to read. She was not interested in listening for hours to somebody else reading the book (though Anne does a good job in reducing the monotony of book reading).
I enjoyed the narration by Anne Hathaway and comparing how the book differed and remained the same as the original movie we all grew up with.
excellent use of character voices. She was fun to listen to.
Our family LOVED listening to the Wizard of OZ. It was our first audio book and we listened as a family on the 20 minute drive to and from school. Anne Hathaway lived the story as she told it, her voice was magical to listen too. She embodies the characters and makes them come alive. Now we are hooked on audio books!
The children enjoyed hearing how Dorothy met each new character in the book, excited to hear how Anne Hathaway would interpret the character's personality through her voice.
This is our first and we would love to hear more books read by Anne Hathaway!
Yes, it was very entertaining.
When the wizard was fulfilling his promises to the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man.
"Churned" into a magic land.
The book is very entertaining and very suitable for children.
Anne Hathaway's narration of the childhood classic is very well done. If the talented actress could record the rest of the series she would create a lasting treasure.
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and some others of the series, as a youth, but had forgotten how much the book differs from the MGM classic film.
With Disney's new Oz movie coming out, I thought I'd refresh myself on the story. I'm not sure how much of the new movie is based on the Baum source material, but MGM set a precedent by treating this book to a major re-write.
In the book, we are introduced to a dazzling array of characters, creatures and lands, and also to a kind of corny humor that is not quite timeless. For the film, the story is tightened up, and many of the extraneous characters have been removed.
I enjoyed the book, as I did as a child, but would say that this is one of the few instances that major changes to a story in adaption to film were a significant improvement.
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!!!
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.
"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.
"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!
"different from film"
really loved it, it felt magical, didn't realised the shoes were silver and not ruby.
"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...!
"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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