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)
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!
Classic fairy tale
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.
I definitely laughed out loud a few times both because of the story and the odd performance.
It's a good listen, especially for such a wonderful story, I'd like to hear additional performances to compare.
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.
"Listening with my other ear"
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.
All of them
Haven't listened before, but I will be looking forward to the next one.
It would have been nice, but too long.
Interestingly magic fairytale.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Yes, it was a delightful story with so much more detail than the movie.
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?
Anne Hathaway did an outstanding job with each of the characters.
Too many to count.
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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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.
Alice in Wonderland - very nice to get the whole story.
The modulation of her voice for the different characters in the tale.
When the lion got courage.
It is fantastic that a book on less than four hours can be so exiting.
imaginative, classic, fun for all
My girls related best with Dorothy, but I think the Lion is my favorite.
Great Expression, and a sweet narrative.
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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