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 had no idea there was so much more to the story of the Wizard of Oz than what cinema brought us. I grew up watching the movie on tv my whole life but never read the original. I was captivated by the beautiful job Anne Hathaway did...so much more than a narration! The personalities that she performed for each character painted such a beautiful illustration of the book. I loved the story and the performance.
I like sci-fi and fantasy as well as an occasional good mystery.
As a classic this story ranks up towards the top. I really enjoyed the spirit Ms. Hathaway brought the reading.
I find that I get more out of listening to books than reading them. It allows my mind to think about what is happening while it was being read. Plus this was a great road trip book.
I would have loved to listen to this book all at once. Unfortunately the drive wasn't long enough.
I would recommend this to any listening with young children.
Exciting, Fun, Different
What I liked and enjoyed most was how vastly different this book is from the very famous film. Dorothy and her friends truly embark upon a journey that takes quite a long time and leads them to encounter things that weren't at all like the movie.
Anne's acting background is ever present, to be honest I think this may be her best acting performance to date.
It was, but since I started it at night, I listened to it in 2 sittings instead!
I truly don't think the film did justice to the amazing brilliance of the book. So much was lost in that adaptation and sadly I feel like many people won't bother reading the book because they think they know the story, they don't at all!
Read it again ! !
Getting from one place to the other for them.
Yes but couldn't and glad because it didn't end too quickly : - )
Cranky elderly writer/copy editor
Ms. Hathaway brought one smile, one grin after another to my face as she infused new life into old and beloved characters for me. Her diction was outstanding and even the most minor of players (the stork, for instance) got their opportunity to shine. Having grown up with the book rather than the movie, I am just tickled to pieces at this reading.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to!
The voices were so well done!
I cannot recall one favorite. The entire audio was great!
My 6 year old and I listened to this book every day on the way to and from school. He could not wait to get in the car to listen to more. It was wonderful to see him so excited about a story!
Illini fan and bibliophile
The first book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series is a masterpiece, and Anne Hathaway's narration only makes it better. She doesn't just read the book - she performs the book. I could listen to this book over and over. I wish that she would narrate all of the books in the series.
It's just fun. Anne Hathaway really gets into the voices, with lots of enthusiasm..
Wow, the book is so much different then the movie - in a good way. Hollywood butchered books even back then.
Loved the story.
Anne Hathaway brings the story to life.
We listened to the audiobook on a very long drive with the kids. They asked to listen to it again at bedtime.
No, they are two very different mediums. The book is classic and the audio edition is classic entertainment to the tenth power.
The reference to silver slippers made me smile.
This is my first.
I plan to share this with my granddaughters. Then I'll laugh or cry.
Wonderful story very well read. Time well spent.
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!!!
"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!
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.
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