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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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    Michael 05-16-12
    Michael 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!

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    "Anne Hathaway is amazing!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Anne Hathaway performs at least 9 unique and special character voices. It was so entertaining to listen to her voices! The story was wonderful. Pun intended


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    Karen Beaufort, NC, United States 05-15-12
    Karen Beaufort, NC, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    Well, not really, but still very entertaining. Before listening I had only been familiar with the abridged story line in the movie -- Anne Hathaway does a marvelous job doing all the voices in this reading of L.Frank Baum's classic story.

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    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12
    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Felt like a child that asks for a bedtime story."
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Beautifully narrated. Finally got to reading a story that I should have read already ages ago. Now I could listen to it, even much better!


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Liked it very much.


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    Lisa 05-07-12
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    "Good choices for abridging version"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Ms Hathaway did a lovely job & it was good to listen to the original story.


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    Sara Zimmerman 04-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Anne Hathaway's narration- she did a great job with all the different voices.


    What about Anne Hathaway???s performance did you like?

    Her varied voices- I was impressed at how well she did them!


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book a while ago and it was enjoyable to listen to it and hear the story again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jag El Dorado Hills, CA United States 04-25-12
    jag El Dorado Hills, CA United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Nice memorable fairy tale"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

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    Any additional comments?

    Nice story that adds to the enjoyment of the movie. Would be great to entertain the kids on a long car drive.

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    Raquel S. Woburn, MA, United States 04-23-12
    Raquel S. Woburn, MA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing Story, Amazing Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Anne Hathaway did a wonderful job with all of the different voices. My favorite was her version of the Cowardly Lion!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Learning that Dorothy's shoes were silver not red.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She really put her all into the performance and it made for a very enjoyable audio book.


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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-23-12
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2003
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Anne Hathaway does a great job with the narration. It makes the book even more fun.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    I loved the voices that she gave the characters. She also gave a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the overall narration. She seems to have love & affection for this book:-)


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent version of The Wizard of Oz. I purchased another audible version when my (now teenaged) kids were young and we could not finish it. This is a fun, imaginative book and Anne's reading enhances the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bradford P. Torrey Costa Mesa, CA 04-19-12
    Bradford P. Torrey Costa Mesa, CA 04-19-12 Member Since 2014

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    "My daughter and I both loved this performance"

    Anne Hathaway does a great job reading this story. At same time, we really enjoyed hearing the original story of the Wizard of Oz. Highly recommend this book.

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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 04-18-12
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

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    "Classic unabridged book with some odd voicing"

    I bought this book in preparation for a long car ride with my 4 year old. She was riveted (and I enjoyed it too). I read (or had read to me) all the L. Frank Baum Oz books (I didn't get through all the Ruth Plumly Thompson books) when I was a kid and I was happy to carry on the tradition. The book has so much happening and works just as well in 2012 as in 1984 as in when it was written in 1900. Since so little happens in the "real world" there is little to date the book and there were no cringe-worthy phrases or beliefs that dated the book.

    The narrator was a little strange, I thought her raspy Scarecrow was a little distracting. Most of the time she was fine and the characters were clearly distinguishable from one another. My daughter had no complaints.

    We are now reading the book together and my daughter is enjoying it, seemingly just as much the second time.

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