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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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    Derek Erb Asnières-sur-Seine, France 06-24-12
    Derek Erb Asnières-sur-Seine, France 06-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant, almost radio-show, version"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Anne Hathaway's use of voices and characterisations to keep every one audibly separate and recognizable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simple fact that there were many elements which were not in the (classic) movie.


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

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor Triumph!


    Any additional comments?

    As always the book is better than the movie. However I prefer the movie's editing in that there are several scenes in the book which are too long and unnecessary.

    Anne Hathaway's performance(s) make this so much more enjoyable than the film even if you've seen the film an uncountable number of times (like myself).

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    George CONCORD, CA, US 06-14-12
    George CONCORD, CA, US 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Anne Hathaway makes the story come alive."
    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic much different from the move version. Anne Hathaway's animated, interpretive reading made this story and its characters come alive with color and action. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to her other readings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon O'Shaughnessy Auckland new Zealand 06-05-12
    Simon O'Shaughnessy Auckland new Zealand 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "the best read story i have from audible!"
    If you could sum up The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    fun, quirky and memorable


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    You are totally involved with the fun she is having, a couple of times I was sure she would get a voice wrong because of the speed of the exchanges, even if she did it would not have mattered as it was so much fun.


    Any additional comments?

    a must

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    Jeff United States 04-24-12
    Jeff United States 04-24-12
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    "Way better than I expected!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Surprising, nostalgic, entertaining


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    She blew me away! I would never have expected her to read so well, but now I just hope she'll do more recordings. She was able to change between different characters' voices and emotions almost seamlessly, and has a great pace.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book, but I did read some of the other Oz books. It was way more engaging than I thought it would be, and Anne Hathaway did such a great job! Pick this up, it's well worth it.

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    paul LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-25-13
    paul LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-25-13
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    "Nice one for KIDS"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hey it was pretty good for kids.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Hey it was pretty good for kids.


    Which scene was your favorite?


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

    Hey it was pretty good for kids.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Junction City, OR, United States 11-13-12
    Wendy Junction City, OR, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made The Wonderful Wizard of Oz better?

    Change the narrator. Her voice and style are horrible, I listened to about 5 minutes of the audio book and quit.


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    vjg13 Newark, NJ, United States 08-21-12
    vjg13 Newark, NJ, United States 08-21-12
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    "Cool book"

    a very good book. nice book. nice to read.smooth and cool flow. Very good to see.

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    "Christine" 08-21-12
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    "A great narration for a kindergarten class"

    Listen to the audio sample of this book before purchasing. I really like Anne Hathaway but she narrated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as if she was reading to a kindergarten class. I was annoyed by her narration.

    This was my first time reading this book in any form. I have to say that I liked the original movie better. This isn't true for most books but I liked what the screen writers did with the plot. They took a good story and made it into fantastic story.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brianne Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 08-04-12
    Brianne Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 08-04-12

    I am a mother of three who enjoys reading and knitting. When I found out about audible I cried I was so happy... FINALLY I could have both my loves together in one perfect comfy quiet mommy hour! ( Well maybe not cried, but I was pretty pumped)

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    "Long past due!"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes!
    I must admit I never read the story as a child, and now that I am a mother of three I figured it was about time I had. I loved Anne Hathaway, however a few of the voices she chose to use for characters were a tad annoying.
    I can't wait for my kids to become more interested in listening to audio books, I think they will all enjoy this one for sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothin she did a great job and it was well read.


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

    Yes if I could have I would of.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story I loved it and will listen to it over and over again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald United States 06-25-12
    Donald United States 06-25-12
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    "Fun story to listen to."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    The same.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some of the character interpretations seemed a bit cheesy. At times I thought I was listening to Marge Simpson as one of the characters.


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  • Paul
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    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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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