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 really enjoyed Anne Hathaway's narration- she did a great job with all the different voices.
Her varied voices- I was impressed at how well she did them!
I had read this book a while ago and it was enjoyable to listen to it and hear the story again!
Nice story that adds to the enjoyment of the movie. Would be great to entertain the kids on a long car drive.
Anne Hathaway did a wonderful job with all of the different voices. My favorite was her version of the Cowardly Lion!
Learning that Dorothy's shoes were silver not red.
Everything! She really put her all into the performance and it made for a very enjoyable audio book.
Yes. Anne Hathaway does a great job with the narration. It makes the book even more fun.
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:-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter just loves the movie, I had to take her to a "wizard of Oz" Play, not she loves to hear the book and mimic Anne Hathaway's narration...
Middle high on my scale, but I have listened to many, many audiobooks.
Dorothy, because of Anne Hathaway's spot on performance of the lost little girl.
I did listen to her reading of the Princess Diaries, but this performance is much better.
I did laugh at a few points. The story is so familiar and cute.
Anne Hathaway is an excellent narrator, and I would like to hear her perform many books in the future.
Ms. Hathaway is a gift to the listener. Her talent for voice and characterization provides a lyrical and engrossing experience to the listener of this otherwise simple story. Plus she is perfectly paired with the stylistic content and range of the story. The result is magic.
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