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)
Loved the story.
Anne Hathaway brings the story to life.
We listened to the audiobook on a very long drive with the kids. They asked to listen to it again at bedtime.
No, they are two very different mediums. The book is classic and the audio edition is classic entertainment to the tenth power.
The reference to silver slippers made me smile.
This is my first.
I plan to share this with my granddaughters. Then I'll laugh or cry.
Wonderful story very well read. Time well spent.
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.
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.
In the top 10 percent.
The scarecrow because of the way Anne Hathaway portrayed his voice.
The variation in the different characters and it sounded like she was having fun recording it.
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.
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.
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.)
No, I have not. But I intend on doing so immediately!
Anne Hathaway as Dorothy.
I'll definitely be listening to this again! It kept me smiling, enchanted and happy through tremendously horrible traffic.
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..
I love Anne Hathaway’s movie so the book was just an addidtion
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 !!
If you have not yet listened to this book,I would advise you to get to it now!!!!
Anne Hathaway did a very good job... You can almost see her contort her face..
Storyline is not the winner here.
I could just about see animation.
My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!
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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