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)
“Somewhere over the rainbow,
way up high.
There's a land that I heard of
once in a lullaby.”
I’ve been wanting to read this classic for quite some time now. I watched the movie when a was a kid, but I didn’t remember anything---excepting the main characters and the things they’re looking for.
I knew this was a children’s book but I expected it to be much stronger. Although the plot is fine---considering the audience for which is intended,---it happens way too fast: each new problem is solved right after is introduced.
All and all, it is a nice book to read. Specially one or two chapters at a time.
As for the performance, Anne Hathaway does a good job with the different voices and narration in general, although she has some weak moments (some voices and expressions).
Finally, I couldn’t end this review without a catchy song from the movie version:
“We're off to see the wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
We hear he is a whiz of a wiz, if ever a wiz there was.
If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, The Wizard of Oz is one because.
Because, because, because, because, because.
Because of the wonderful things he does.”
First off you have a modern classic. A story that is familiar to all...or is it? The movie with its technicolor treatment and Hollywood magic is a glossy version of a truly gritty and dark fairy tale that will at times leave you shuddering at what was altered or left out. Anne Hathaway lends a truly captivating and rich voice that will take you through a land and a story that you thought you knew and show you their other side. A must for any fan.
For those who are only familiar with the theatrical version, there are some differences I could point out. This is a longer story. The differences between good and evil are a little less clear cut. There is more violence. Generally, the story is still along the lines of a PG movie and should be appropriate for the family. The story has a little bit more fantasy than the movie and one spoiler, the winged monkeys are good guys!
Anne Hathaway does a decent job. She does "voices" which are fairly decent for the most part, although a few for some minor characters might have you waiting for the character to go away.
I loved this book as a child and I love having it with me wherever I go on both kindle and now audible. The performance was well done and I could see the influence of the film coming out in some of the characters, most notably Bert Lahr, who was Lion.
I will enjoy "reading" this many more times, I'm sure!!!
Anne Hathaway was surprising. I never expected her to bring so much life to the different characters with all her voices. And talk about a shock when I learned of all the ways the book differs from the movie! This was done so well and was truly entertaining.
I don't know what the signature does.
I enjoy Anne Hathaway in film, so I thought that she would do a good job with narrating and audiobook.
Unfortunately half of the voices she uses are really annoying.
The voice she uses for the wizard of Oz and all of the characters in the emerald city are so caustic that it made me want to skip that whole section.
Even my 5 year old daughter kept saying "Why does he talk like that?"
Definitely not worth buying as a kids bed time story as there are other great options.
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