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)
Not this particular audio edition...I love the melodic and resonant quality of Anne Hathaway's voice in general, so I had high expectations for her narration of this classic. Unfortunately, it seemed that either not much though went into her "voice" for many of the characters, or she relied too much on the movie version to dictate where she went with each character. There were all-too-evident glimpses of Bert Lahr's cowardly lion, Billie Burke's Glinda, and Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West; at other times, she slipped in and out of "character," most notably while narrating lines as the queen of the field mice. Her narration of this character ranged from rapid, ultra-high pitched mousey squeal to haughty, nouveau riche Chipette. There were also a few instances where her voice just didn't seem to fit the character, most notably the stork who rescues the scarecrow from the river, which I can only describe as somewhere between eighties valley girl and Saturday Night Live recurring character!
That's a tough one, since there were so much inconsistency. I think I like Dorothy's portrayal the best because Anne didn't try too hard, i.e., she didn't attempt to make her sound especially young or give her a 1930's movie star lilt in imitation of Judy Garland's portrayal on the big screen.
melodic and resonant (natural qualities) but inconsistent (as a narrator)
not really, since I was very familiar with the story
If you like Anne Hathaway, you will probably enjoy this audio presentation despite her obvious limitations as a narrator. Narrating an audiobook is a labor intensive endeavor, and not everyone who can read and speak fluently, or who has acting credentials, can do it well. Anne's performance, while not terrible, was adequate at best.
Anne Hathaway is a good actress, but I didn't care for her reading of this book. Or maybe it was the book itself. Either way I really liked the movie so much better. I had a hard time liking anything about this book.
I LOVE this book and story. I was excited to see Anne Hathoway performing the narration... I could only get half-way through this book. She was terrible... just terrible. Not worth the time.
No way... NEVER again.
Stay at home mom, former library assistant & cataloger, book lover...
Anne Hathaway did a wonderful job narrating. Her love of the story shone through her performance. Every character was brought to life beautifully.
What's not to like? Adventure, danger, witches and wizards, friendship...The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has it all. Pure fun.
My favorite scene was when Dorothy accidentally melts the witch of the west.
It is a true fable. Most people never understand that fairy tales and fables were not all happy go lucky but could be violent and have dark topics in them. This is no exception like when the Tin Man cuts wolves heads off.
Just her movies and this is great honestly, she does a different voice for everyone
No but I enjoyed it.
This is a great audio book and Anne Hathaway is great with her reading. Wish she did more books I was interested in.
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From start to finish this captivating tale, vivid with imagination and adventure had me enraptured. Its a story of possibilities - of good overcoming evil - rich with the appreciation of diversity - yet simple, unspoilt and delightful.
Anne Hathaway shines. The story blossoms through her skilled narration and versatility as she 'awakens' each character and had me 'reaching out' for more.
It made me smile, laugh and talk out loud.
Despite some pre-purchase hesitation (Was I too old to revisit this tale? Would it dilute my early childhood memories of the film?) - The Wonderful Wizard of OZ has not disappointed and is now a 'favourite' within my collection.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
This is a fantastic performance of a classic novel with lots of passages most who know the movie wouldn't have heard. Anne does a fantastic job of giving vibrant life to the book with unique voices for every character, the right emphasis in the right places and real passion for her reading. A fast and excellent read. Highly recommend this download.
What a fun read! I absolutely love the movie and was excited to read the book. It was fun going through the book and picking out differences from the movie.
I loved reading more details about this story.
Holy cow. Anne Hathaway had a voice for every single character in the book!! Even the minor characters! This made the read so enjoyable and held my attention throughout the whole book!
Loved loved loved the performance by Anne Hathaway!!
Download and listen to this book!
Yes, Anne Hathaway's performance (and it is certainly a performance) of this story makes it feel like you're listening to a for-radio production.
Having seen the movie but never read the book, it was good to have some of the gaps filled in.
Hathaway does a wonderful job of bringing the differs characters to life with very distinct voices.
I did laugh a couple times, but mostly it was a very plain child's tale.
This isn't my favorite childhood story by any means - some of the characters are downright creepy. For a book that Baum intended to be happy, there is some dark content.
Don't know. Have never read print version.
Dorothy's interaction with the scarecrow.
Great tool to help engage children in reading!
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