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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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    Amazon Customer Boston MA 03-07-13
    Amazon Customer Boston MA 03-07-13 Member Since 2012

    mom of six

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    "Anne Hathaway is a brilliant narrator"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    My 5 year old listened to this book with me over two days. We both enjoyed it. I was amazed at Anne Hathaway's versatility in her narration. Only 1 or 2 of her voices were quite annoying. The rest were marvelous. My five year old was completely captivated and listened to this book straight over many hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending (after the hot air balloon takes off with the wizard) is so different from the movie. My five-year old says, "I love the part where the wall is made out of china and the people are made from china.


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

    Dorothy and the Tin Man were our favorites.


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

    Yes, but we couldn't finish it; we had a life to live along the way!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for kids. What a treat that it was free!

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    MightyLord 03-07-13
    MightyLord 03-07-13 Member Since 2016

    Retired military. Spend my time just listening to books, when i cant handle reading.

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    "She really gets into this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's the wizard of oz. Anne Hathaway did an excellent job in reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I guess those scenes that did not make it to the screen. Like the mice kingdom.


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    Rastein 03-07-13
    Rastein 03-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.

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    "Incredible Narration, Wonderful Story"

    Hathaway voices all the characters differently and adds emotion to the voices. It's absolutely awesome. I love the way these books are written as well. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. No regrets at all picking this one of the many choices!

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    Ash AR, United States 03-06-13
    Ash AR, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Eat your heart out, Judy Garland!"

    First of all, this is the REAL Wizard of Oz, so even if you didn't like the movie, give it a try. Baum's classic tale is classic for a reason; it tells a clever, insightful, and important story...all wrapped up in a disguise of fun and humor.

    Second, Anne Hathaway does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, making the story seem to play out inside your head, and never losing her focus. She should do more audibles!

    Last, this is the kind of thing you can play anywhere. Turn it into a family activity on a long trip, listen to a chapter per night with the kids at bedtime, or enjoy it all by yourself and remember the joy of childhood wonder. If your earphones slip free of your device while this is playing, you aren't going to be embarrassed or offend anyone nearby.

    I highly recommend this one!

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    Alison 03-04-13
    Alison 03-04-13
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    "Love Anne"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anne does a wonderful job with all the voices, making the story so real!


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    There is no comparison, this book is one of a kind.


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

    I loved when Anne played the Lion, but let's be honest, all of her portrayals were fantastic! Everyone had such a distinct voice!


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

    Yes


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    Preston MOORE, OK, United States 03-02-13
    Preston MOORE, OK, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Audiobooks are like games for readers.

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    "Incredible Performance by Hathaway."
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    I was never a big fan of Oz. I didn't enjoy the film nor the theatrical performances I saw growing up. However, I had never read or listened to the book and Hathaway's reading was phenomenal. I hope she reads some others in the future!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anne Hathaway


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

    Energy that promotes character individualization.


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

    Yes.


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    Heather 03-02-13
    Heather 03-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "My 5 year old son is loving this."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad we decided to listen, it is different than the film, but I enjoy it more. My 5 yr old son is just loving it.

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    John L. McGowan Canyon Lake,Tx 02-28-13
    John L. McGowan Canyon Lake,Tx 02-28-13

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    "Truly a classic"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    In this version, Anne Hathaway


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    Don't believe there is a comparison


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    You just got to love Anne


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

    And I did


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    Elizabeth Sydney, Australia 02-26-13
    Elizabeth Sydney, Australia 02-26-13
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    "The wonderful wizard of oz. is just that WONDERFUL"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    It is not one of the greatest stories ever told for nothing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The colourful characters.


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

    no


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

    i could have - yes


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    Sarah Edinburg, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Sarah Edinburg, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Anne Hathaway is Brilliant!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Anne Hathaway's voicework. She embodies the characters with their own distinct voice and personality. It was extremely entertaining and brought the story to life.


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

    When they meet the Wizard. Anne gives him a unique voice. My sons loved listening to her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled a lot and even laughed out loud as I listened with my sons (11, 10 & 9). It was in watching their wonderment that I truly experienced the story all over again.


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  • Julia Brown
    11/30/14
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    "Brilliant narration"
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    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!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Manfred
    Herten, Netherlands
    12/23/12
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert S.
    1/21/16
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    "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...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    12/21/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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