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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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    Spicy R Pepper 07-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Loved the story.


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

    Anne Hathaway brings the story to life.


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

    We listened to the audiobook on a very long drive with the kids. They asked to listen to it again at bedtime.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Burson, CA, United States 06-30-12
    Peter Burson, CA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful, Wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    No, they are two very different mediums. The book is classic and the audio edition is classic entertainment to the tenth power.


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

    The reference to silver slippers made me smile.


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

    This is my first.


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

    I plan to share this with my granddaughters. Then I'll laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story very well read. Time well spent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael 06-27-12
    michael 06-27-12
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    "The true dipiction of the wonderful wizard of oz"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Anne Hathaway has a great tallent with giving life to the characters through her voice. Each character has a unique voice and keeps you interested while allowing you to imediately recognize which character is currently speaking. Reminds me of the times i was read to sleep when i was young.


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

    Though all her characters were performed well i would have to say the tin woodsman would be my favorite. Anne's voice creates this calm and colected, perpetualy undisturbed quality that worked very well throughout the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian K. Robinson Norcross, GA United States 06-18-12
    Brian K. Robinson Norcross, GA United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Story is different from the movie."
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10 percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The scarecrow because of the way Anne Hathaway portrayed his voice.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    The variation in the different characters and it sounded like she was having fun recording it.


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

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal 06-17-12
    Crystal 06-17-12
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    "Eloquent Narrator"

    I extremely enjoyed listening to Anne Hathaway read The Wizard of Oz. She has a wonderful interpretation of this story and is very animated. She gives each character a unique voice and so gives the story life. She paints a lovely picture and created empathy with all of the characters and their plights. It is a very charming children's story that even adults and teens will enjoy with smiles and laughter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAntony Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-13-12
    CAntony Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Anne Hathaway, Please narrate more books?!?!!!"
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's toward the top of the list. Maybe #2 or #3. The story is wonderful, of course. But Anne Hathaway's narration? AMAZING! Take this story to a completely different level.


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

    I can't decide. Every time a new character comes onto the scene. The discussions with the Queen Field Mouse was enchanting. And every time something exciting happens.... (because I can't really narrow down just one.)


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

    No, I have not. But I intend on doing so immediately!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Anne Hathaway as Dorothy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be listening to this again! It kept me smiling, enchanted and happy through tremendously horrible traffic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carlo 06-04-12
    Carlo 06-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Excellent performence from Anne. She makes all the characters come to life. Worth the money


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    Renee Newark, NJ, United States 06-02-12
    Renee Newark, NJ, United States 06-02-12
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    "Magnificent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    It was not boring.It makes you want to listen to it non-stop.It keeps you on a suspense,which brings you to the tip of your toe..


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

    n/a


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

    I love Anne Hathaway’s movie so the book was just an addidtion


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

    The part when the Tin Wood man told his story about how the love of his life grandmother went to the wicked witch and allow him to loose his body parts one at a time.
    It got sadder when he lost his heart and was unable to feel the love for the girl !!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not yet listened to this book,I would advise you to get to it now!!!!

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    Paul Auckland, New Zealand 05-31-12
    Paul Auckland, New Zealand 05-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Anne Hathaway did a very good job... You can almost see her contort her face..


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Storyline is not the winner here.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    I could just about see animation.


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    Michael 05-16-12
    Michael 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!

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    "Anne Hathaway is amazing!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Anne Hathaway performs at least 9 unique and special character voices. It was so entertaining to listen to her voices! The story was wonderful. Pun intended


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