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)
First of all, Audible sucks. Their phone app (on WP7) is malware. Once you turn it on it drains the battery in two hours even if you don't use it. I had to uninstall it so I may never get to listen to the rest of the book.
My daughter got it as a present. I thought we could listen to it in the car during the daily commute. I had it on for a few minutes and she asked me to turn it off because she was bored. She likes to read. She was not interested in listening for hours to somebody else reading the book (though Anne does a good job in reducing the monotony of book reading).
I enjoyed the narration by Anne Hathaway and comparing how the book differed and remained the same as the original movie we all grew up with.
excellent use of character voices. She was fun to listen to.
Our family LOVED listening to the Wizard of OZ. It was our first audio book and we listened as a family on the 20 minute drive to and from school. Anne Hathaway lived the story as she told it, her voice was magical to listen too. She embodies the characters and makes them come alive. Now we are hooked on audio books!
The children enjoyed hearing how Dorothy met each new character in the book, excited to hear how Anne Hathaway would interpret the character's personality through her voice.
This is our first and we would love to hear more books read by Anne Hathaway!
Yes, it was very entertaining.
When the wizard was fulfilling his promises to the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man.
"Churned" into a magic land.
The book is very entertaining and very suitable for children.
Anne Hathaway's narration of the childhood classic is very well done. If the talented actress could record the rest of the series she would create a lasting treasure.
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and some others of the series, as a youth, but had forgotten how much the book differs from the MGM classic film.
With Disney's new Oz movie coming out, I thought I'd refresh myself on the story. I'm not sure how much of the new movie is based on the Baum source material, but MGM set a precedent by treating this book to a major re-write.
In the book, we are introduced to a dazzling array of characters, creatures and lands, and also to a kind of corny humor that is not quite timeless. For the film, the story is tightened up, and many of the extraneous characters have been removed.
I enjoyed the book, as I did as a child, but would say that this is one of the few instances that major changes to a story in adaption to film were a significant improvement.
mom of six
My 5 year old listened to this book with me over two days. We both enjoyed it. I was amazed at Anne Hathaway's versatility in her narration. Only 1 or 2 of her voices were quite annoying. The rest were marvelous. My five year old was completely captivated and listened to this book straight over many hours.
The ending (after the hot air balloon takes off with the wizard) is so different from the movie. My five-year old says, "I love the part where the wall is made out of china and the people are made from china.
Dorothy and the Tin Man were our favorites.
Yes, but we couldn't finish it; we had a life to live along the way!
Highly recommend for kids. What a treat that it was free!
Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.
Hathaway voices all the characters differently and adds emotion to the voices. It's absolutely awesome. I love the way these books are written as well. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. No regrets at all picking this one of the many choices!
First of all, this is the REAL Wizard of Oz, so even if you didn't like the movie, give it a try. Baum's classic tale is classic for a reason; it tells a clever, insightful, and important story...all wrapped up in a disguise of fun and humor.
Second, Anne Hathaway does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, making the story seem to play out inside your head, and never losing her focus. She should do more audibles!
Last, this is the kind of thing you can play anywhere. Turn it into a family activity on a long trip, listen to a chapter per night with the kids at bedtime, or enjoy it all by yourself and remember the joy of childhood wonder. If your earphones slip free of your device while this is playing, you aren't going to be embarrassed or offend anyone nearby.
I highly recommend this one!
Anne does a wonderful job with all the voices, making the story so real!
There is no comparison, this book is one of a kind.
I loved when Anne played the Lion, but let's be honest, all of her portrayals were fantastic! Everyone had such a distinct voice!
Audiobooks are like games for readers.
I was never a big fan of Oz. I didn't enjoy the film nor the theatrical performances I saw growing up. However, I had never read or listened to the book and Hathaway's reading was phenomenal. I hope she reads some others in the future!
Energy that promotes character individualization.
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