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)
Yes, Anne Hathaway has a special talent that is perfect for audiobooks. My son has requested to listen to the book all over again after we finished it the first time. He loved her voices for all the different characters, especially the Queen field mouse!
I listened with my 2 children, ages 8 & 9. Anne does an amazing job of doing a wide variety of voices,from Dorothy to the mouse queen to the great wizard himself. I love how my children were able to read along on my kindle fire. The words highlight as Anne reads.
It is just plain fun!
Anne did an excellent job in bringing the characters of this book to life.
I love the Wizard of oz. It is a classic that I never get tired of.
I loved the way she did the voices for the characters. Every character was unique so I think she did an excellent job with that.
This book made me smile and was very nostalgic for me. Hearing it being brought to life made me laugh more than anything. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first books I read as a tween and I still have it.....although it's tattered and torn.
This is the first audio book I have ever listened to so I am going to confess that I was actually biased against them until I listened to this book. I always thought audio books would sound mechanical.....you know like when you have the computer read something to you. This book was a pleasant surprise and it forever changed my opinion on audio books.
I like both versions. It is a matter of convience to be able to listen while I am doing house work or other task. It is also nice to be able to have the children listen to the book when I am unable to read to them.
It is a clasic that a person never gets to old to enjoy.
A different inamination
Just loved the story
Fantasy, Sci-fi, paranormal, suspense- few of my favorite genres Listen to english, french, and spanish
I particularly loved Anne Hathaway's choice of voice for the Scarecrow, it was funny and a bit silly, perfect for the character!
There is an amazing set of voices for all the characters and a good use of dry wit and sarcasm that may not have been as evident in the written word which added humor.
The story was more fun. It introduced villages by color. The movie took a few different turns where I preferred the books descriptions and developments by chapter.
Alice in Wonderland.
Yes, very enjoyable.
An absolutely wonderful narration by Anne Hathaway! She gives each character a voice and it was a delight to listen. Perfect for all ages.
What puts the audio version above the printed version is Ms Hathaway's ability to bring the characters to life. With many voices she was able to convey the personalities of the people of OZ.
This is the original and not the screen play that we have been subject to for years. So many differences to compare with the movie made it very entertaining.
I loved all her voices and character interpretations. I did not enjoy the voice of the Scarecrow because it reminded me too much of Marge Simpson.
Mom to twin boys
My seven year olds have wanted to see the movie but it's scary. The book was a perfect option. They loved it so much they listened in one day!
I loved this series as a child. It is a much weirder story than I had recalled. As an adult I find some of it repetitive and not all of the adventures seemed important to the overall development of the story, but it is so imaginative and wonderfully bizarre that it was still very enjoyable. Also the reader does an absolutely amazing job with all of the characters and has immense energy.
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!
"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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