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)
What a wonderful story! Most people with a casual or nostalgic interest in The Wizard of Oz will be delightfully surprised to find out the book is wonderful but different than the movie. Many things in the movie musical mirror the book quite closely but there is much in the book that is not in the movie. So my three words are Wonderful, Surprised, and Delightful!
What I enjoyed most about listening to this book was re-discovering Oz in all its wonder. And finding out there is more to the Land of Oz than I had ever thought or expected.
Anne Hathaway does an outstanding job of performing this book. There are many different types of characters in this book, from mice to flying monkeys, she portrays each character with a unique voice that if you just read the book, instead of listening, would be lost.
Anne Hathaway does a fantastic job throughout the book! I was not expecting to hear a distinct voice and accent for each character from her. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of the Cowardly Lion. This is definitely one to come back to and listen to over and over again!
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I absolutly loved this story. What I loved best was the friendships Dorothy makes along the way to OZ. The characters explanation of their lives makes you really feel like you want to hear more. You really feel the friendships grow.
I think my favorite character was the lion he wants a courage but what he doesn't see is he already has it. I also like that he bonds with Dorothy while they are at the witches castle and helps her with her courage.
Charming, soft and mellow
A heart is not judged by how much you love;but by how much you are loved by others
I got this book because it was free at the time. As an adult, I didn't care for the story. But I am an adult and this is meant for kids. If you have children, you have to get this book. They will love Anne Hathaway's delivery. She is the perfect narrator for this story.
A person who wasn't overacting. I hated this version soooo much
This whole book is fantastic
If Anne Hathaway had allowed the story to be the central part of this rather than her "interpretation"
I wish I could get my money back. I'm not going to finish this version and I wouldn't ever inflict it on anyone else.
Anne Hathaway's narration was quite good.
Her expressions and interest in the story made it captivating.
Well, I think the film did a bang up job of interpreting the book.
It was fascinating to hear the original story as until now, I'd only known the film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a must listen for everyone. It's engaging, fun, and a popular choice in literary history. Most people know the story from Hollywood's rendition but there's more to hear than to see. The audio book is only about twice as long as the movie, so sit down and enjoy!
Anne Hathaway is delightful to hear. She has a unique and fun voice for each character. Some voices had me literally laughing out loud! Her performance makes this listen a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I read this book as a child so long ago I had forgotten how different it was from the Judy Garland movie. As an adult, I am not crazy about the book. It is too repetitive. I actually find the movie to be greatly superior, Dorothy and Toto are more active protagonists, and the plotting is better. However the book includes many detailed, whimsical places not depicted in the movie, such as the China Doll Village.
I would recommend it to a younger reader, for an appreciation of the source material.
Most likely a George RR Martin "Dunk and Egg" story.
At first, I found Anne Hathaway's narration irritating, but she broke her stride once Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. From this point onward, Hathaway flaunts her vocal range as she covers several different voices. Each one sounded distinct. I especially liked how the Wizard has a western accent, he sounds like he would originate from Omaha!Sometimes she was borderline sing-songy, but I can forgive that since she was narrating a modern fairy tale.
Yes, and I enjoyed using whispersync with it, too. It was handy for when the environment got too loud to listen comfortably.
Trying out this new audiobooks bizo. It's kinda cool.
Exciting, Imaginative, Alive
You can visualize the land of Oz just by listening to the story.
The lion was probably my favorite character. She really captured his shy nature. Anna Hathaway definitely used all her tones and projection well for all characters. I had no problem following along the conversations and the narration was far from boring.
Well there is already a film out there, an oldie but a goodie. Oh and the new movie is out now too. I don't know of the tag lines but the "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore Toto" is a good one.
In the top 10%
It is fun and playful, and intriguing. I'd never read the book, but I've loved the movie. I don't know why I put it off this long.
We're off to see the wizard?
Okay, I'll admit... I've not been a big Anne Hathaway fan. I'm not sure what it is, but she just doesn't do it for me. I know, I know, I'm one of five--maybe six, guys who feel this way. Not that I hate her or anything, I just don't understand the hype. What can I say?
But I was blown away by her performance. She did extremely well, I was seriously impressed. I might have to reevalutate how I feel about her based on her performance here alone. Or not. Either way, I thought she hit the home run with this recording. I would seriously consider picking up other audio books performed by Anne.
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