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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | [L. Frank Baum]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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.
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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.


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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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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 10-26-12
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2015

    audiobook addict

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    "Fantastic reading of a beloved tale!"

    Anne Hathaway does a masterful job of reading a beloved classic. Thoroughly enjoyable for all ages!

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    Mom To Be in VA Arlington, VA USA 10-16-12
    Mom To Be in VA Arlington, VA USA 10-16-12
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    "MUST BUY!!! Anne Hathaway is amazing!"
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, captivating classic.


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

    When Dorothy's house landed on the wicked witch and she takes her shoes.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    Tough call, all the characters were alive with Anne Hathaway narrating. I'll go with: The Cowardly Lion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Oz didn't really give the characters what they wished for but pretended to gift them their request.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Hathaway is a treasure of a narrator. She does an amazing job beathing life into all the characters and the chapters fly by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas LaGrange, IL, United States 10-08-12
    Thomas LaGrange, IL, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.

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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Probably. Anne Hathaway does an unbelievable job narrating. I have much added respect for her skills as a narrator and actor.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    She did a particularly great job with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion!


    Any additional comments?

    Believe it or not, I think the film may have actually been an improvement on the novel. A rare happening.

    With that said, Hathaway does such a great job narrating that it's definitely worth listening to on Audible. I was smiling and laughing the whole time!

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    Kristen A Smith Beacon, New York United States 10-02-12
    Kristen A Smith Beacon, New York United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Anne Hathaway is incedible!"

    Anne Hathaway does a fantastic job bringing all the characters to life. One of the best I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Walthers 10-01-12
    R. Walthers 10-01-12
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    "Down Memory Lane"
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No longer at the top .I've got a little older


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scarecrow ,favorite character ? Always has been .haha!


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Very realistic and kept you glued to the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have been nice ,but no time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian 09-29-12
    Lilian 09-29-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a librarian, knitter, crochetter... I love audiobooks because I can knit and "read" at the same time.

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    "Amazing Narrator!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    The narration of Anne Hathaway lead me to the world of Oz without a fail.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, it's difficult. I really like the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Men. I mean, they are so sweet and corageous, smart and loving... :) Despite they don't think they aren't.


    What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, she really did a great job in performing each caracther and giving them their own voices. It was a really nice experience to listen a classic so well narratade. I hope that she narrate more books in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. Specially because it is a "little" book, and the pace was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I never had the opportunity before to read this book, and now I am really glad that I did. Great story. Amazing narrator!

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    H. Owsley 09-23-12
    H. Owsley 09-23-12
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    "Surprisingly disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hathaway does a respectable job narrating the book, but some of her voice characterizations were so annoying that I had to force myself to finish the book.


    What aspect of Anne Hathaway’s performance would you have changed?

    The screechiness.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book has been made into one of the greatest movies of all time. The movie improves on the book by leaving out the last part of the book (the China people).


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure if the book/story was a waste of my time or if it was just Hathaway's voices that made it seem interminable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nyree PERTH, Australia 09-17-12
    Nyree PERTH, Australia 09-17-12
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    "Anne Hathaway loves reading to kids."
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes - the kids enjoyed it and we listen to audio books on long trips.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its different to the movie - as all books are - and I like it better.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Hathaway’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only seen her movies but I would be inclined to look out for other audio books narrated by her in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Characters have their own voices and she reads to children exceedingly well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 09-14-12
    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 09-14-12
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    "A must listen, both the story and narration"

    I've never actually read the wonderful wizard of Oz, so thought I'd download it as an audiobook. It turns out I made a fantastic choice, this book is considered a classic for a reason! While different to the popular movie, the story has many similarities. It's a charming story, with enough differences from the movie to make it worth reading/listening to. My enjoyment of this audiobook was greatly increased by Anne Hathaway's narration - she was fantastic! If she narrates any other books I would definitely like to listen to them. Her voices, tone and inclination were perfect, really drawing you into the story. While you could definitely tell it was her reading, that just added to the effect. I strongly recommend downloading this audiobook, I don't think you'll regret it.

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    Sharlene 09-12-12
    Sharlene 09-12-12
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    "Entertaining, Fabulous the Best of this Classic"

    Anne Hathaway is SO GREAT at reading this amazing classic. She does so many voices for each and every character. Her narration brings to life the intrigue, the trepidation, the fun, the kindness, the curiosity, the friendships, the courage and plucky-ness of Dorothy and her cohorts on their journey.

    I can't recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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