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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook

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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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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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    CAntony Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-13-12
    CAntony Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-13-12

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    "Anne Hathaway, Please narrate more books?!?!!!"
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's toward the top of the list. Maybe #2 or #3. The story is wonderful, of course. But Anne Hathaway's narration? AMAZING! Take this story to a completely different level.


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

    I can't decide. Every time a new character comes onto the scene. The discussions with the Queen Field Mouse was enchanting. And every time something exciting happens.... (because I can't really narrow down just one.)


    Have you listened to any of Anne Hathaway’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not. But I intend on doing so immediately!


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

    Anne Hathaway as Dorothy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be listening to this again! It kept me smiling, enchanted and happy through tremendously horrible traffic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eldon Snippet Las Vegas, NV, USA 06-05-12
    Eldon Snippet Las Vegas, NV, USA 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

    computer dude

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    "A classic in every sense"

    Sometimes you need to return to the source to remember just how good it was in the beginning. L. Frank Baum's delightful tale is still wonderful and not too different from the musical movie of the Thirty's that is now the familiar version.
    People are so accustomed to the Judy Garland version that we forget the original story. The biggest shock is a reminder that the ruby slippers were silver.
    Anne Hathaway was absolutely superb in this reading. She acts all the characters with her flexible voice and they are clear and distinct. Additionally she does the characters in a way that will appeal to children and old children alike. I hope to hear a lot of reading from her in the future. She is a super talent.
    The combination of story and performance gives this a "10" rating on almost any rating system.

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    Carlo 06-04-12
    Carlo 06-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Excellent performence from Anne. She makes all the characters come to life. Worth the money


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Newark, NJ, United States 06-02-12
    Renee Newark, NJ, United States 06-02-12
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    "Magnificent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    It was not boring.It makes you want to listen to it non-stop.It keeps you on a suspense,which brings you to the tip of your toe..


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    n/a


    Have you listened to any of Anne Hathaway’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Anne Hathaway’s movie so the book was just an addidtion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part when the Tin Wood man told his story about how the love of his life grandmother went to the wicked witch and allow him to loose his body parts one at a time.
    It got sadder when he lost his heart and was unable to feel the love for the girl !!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not yet listened to this book,I would advise you to get to it now!!!!

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    Paul Auckland, New Zealand 05-31-12
    Paul Auckland, New Zealand 05-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Anne Hathaway did a very good job... You can almost see her contort her face..


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Storyline is not the winner here.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    I could just about see animation.


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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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    "Lions! and Tigers! and Bears! Oh, My!"

    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
    Lisa 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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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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