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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Written by: 
L. Frank Baum
Narrated by: 
Anne Hathaway
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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    Kris Australia 11-16-12
    Kris Australia 11-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance"

    I've read the Wizard of Oz before and loved the movie as a child. Anne Hathaway's performance really brought it to life again. As much as I liked the Judy Garland movie, I hope one day there will be a movie that is closer to the original story by Baum. In the meantime I will listen to this book again!

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    MrSlinkyman San Diego, CA USA 11-13-12
    MrSlinkyman San Diego, CA USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful story, inconsistent performance"
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    Classic fairy tale


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

    The choices of ancillary character voices were odd to me. A goose with a valley girl accent, an Emerald City citizen with an over the top speech impediment that seemed like Sylvester the Cat and Daffy Duck amp'd up, etc. I think if she would have kept a more consistent, realistic set of character voices without getting too crazy I would have enjoyed it more.


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

    I definitely laughed out loud a few times both because of the story and the odd performance.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good listen, especially for such a wonderful story, I'd like to hear additional performances to compare.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Darley, Australia 11-12-12
    Elaine Darley, Australia 11-12-12
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    "Wizard of Oz with Anne Hathaway"

    I purchased this book for my 25 year old daughter to read as she is vision impaired and hasn't read many books in the last few years. She liked the idea of Kindle so I learnt her mine and I picked a story that she knew, to make it easier for her to get her interest back in reading or listening to audio books. She really loved listening to the voice of Anne Hathaway as Anne read The Wonderful World of Oz and is quite keen to listen to more audio books and purchase her own Kindle. I showed my daughter how to get the voice on Kindle to read any books to her but she didn't like it as much. As I am an avid reader, I will be purchasing a Kindle for my daughter for Christmas and many more audio books to come.

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    Virginia 11-12-12
    Virginia 11-12-12 Member Since 2015

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Masterfully Done"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if I would say better, but extremely enhanced! Ms. Hathaway is masterful in her reading. She is spot on with every voice and never drops charachter. She truly brought the book alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


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

    Haven't listened before, but I will be looking forward to the next one.


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

    It would have been nice, but too long.


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    Arturo Stockholm, Sweden 11-08-12
    Arturo Stockholm, Sweden 11-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Astonishing narration!"
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    Interestingly magic fairytale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The three unusual companions of Dorothy. The famous brainless scarecrow, the unhearted woodman made of tin, and the courageless lion, key characters on this fairytale.


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

    Anne Hathaway narration was certainly something out of the ordinary, an outlier, an amazing narration indeed. I loved that trained voice of hers, but I loved even more her interpretation. I'd given her (and the story) all the stars I could, since I really enjoyed this recording.I'd definitely like to hear more books read from her, although I suspect that reading a rather large story, as it would be a novel, wouldn't be easy at all.


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

    Probably the falling of the tin woodman over the rocks. Imagining him broken and fold into pieces was kind of sad, since he was the one capable of chopping off anything with his axe!.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite I knew very well the story, I had never read this book before. And I guess this may happen to everyone who has seen the classic film of the Wizzard of Oz. As a matter of fact, when I was listening the story I had an interesting mixture of the characters, sometimes in black and white, and sometimes in full color, due to the memory recalls I got from the movie.I really enjoyed the whole audiobook, and I'll surely hear it again.

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    Riki 11-06-12
    Riki 11-06-12
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    "All the wonders of Oz and more!"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes, it was a delightful story with so much more detail than the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorothy, of course. Aren't we all looking for something out of reach and all need to learn that our true heart's desire is right here at home?


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

    Anne Hathaway did an outstanding job with each of the characters.


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

    Too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered the story for my grandson who is reading the book in his English class at school. His teacher is having them compare the written story to the movie and is also having them apply the lessons to what they see in real life. Once he returned my Kindle to me, I decided to listen to it myself. So glad I did!

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    Johan Vormsund, Norway 11-05-12
    Johan Vormsund, Norway 11-05-12 Member Since 2007

    Pensjonist som nå bor på Vormsund

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    "OZ a story for our time of greed & stupid tweets"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    The wisdom of the former magician & ventriloquist when he gives hope and courage to the puppy friends of Dorothy. A masterpice that can teach us a lot about how we should be to people around us.


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

    Alice in Wonderland - very nice to get the whole story.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    The modulation of her voice for the different characters in the tale.


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

    When the lion got courage.


    Any additional comments?

    It is fantastic that a book on less than four hours can be so exiting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valorie INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 11-05-12
    Valorie INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Listen!"
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    imaginative, classic, fun for all


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My girls related best with Dorothy, but I think the Lion is my favorite.


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

    Great Expression, and a sweet narrative.


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Mia 11-02-12
    Mia 11-02-12
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    "Anne is great!"

    I didn't know that Anne Hathaway were so talented! Great job Anne and of course the story is also great!

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    Johan 10-31-12
    Johan 10-31-12
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    "Classic story, beautifully told"

    My 6-yr old daughter was absolutely mesmerized by the story, every morning in the car on the way to school. She couldn't get ready quickly enough in the mornings to resume listening. Anne Hathaway's narration is superb and she truly brought each character distinctly to life. Highly recommended.

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