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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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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.

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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    Dandylion 05-17-12
    Dandylion 05-17-12

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    Maybe Ive been tainted for ever the movie of the same name is one of my favorites so I thought I'd love this ,the story is very well told Ann dose a spectacular job but the story it's self is to bizarre ,I don't know if you haven't seen the movie maybe it would be some sort of entertainment but I prefer the celluloid in this case sorry puritans.

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    Amazon Customer 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was phenomenal!"

    I liked that the way Anne Hathaway created voices for each character, in a way that felt like each one was voiced by a different person. Out of all the audio books I've listened to, she was the best performer so far! As for the story, I'd recommend it for the younger ones that haven't seen the movie yet. The younger ones would also enjoy Anne Hathaway's performance immensely! The older ones or the non-fans of Anne Hathaway might not appreciate her performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 08-29-16
    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 08-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Kristopher Michaels

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    "Just wonderful."
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes, there was so much that was in this book that is not in the movie that I found interesting. I also loved Ann reading it. She was great. For any Wicked fans out there, you will find things in this book that are in the play.


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

    I don't know as I never read books like this but now I think I may give more like it a try.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Loved it! She really made the book jump out and take form in ones head.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was shocked at the violence in the book. Lots of chopping off of head. That may bother some children.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read all of the books in this series and learn all about Oz and what happens in it and to Dorthy and her friends. Makes me feel like a kid again...maybe for the first time.

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    Mom of little ones 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for kids - Ann Hathaway is amazing!"

    I enjoyed this book with three of my kids (ages 7, 5 and 4). We were all enthralled! Laughing out loud! Caught in suspense! Ann Hathaway did an incredible job with so many animated voices and clear speaking. This might be the best audiobook we have listened to, so far. Highly recommend this specific version!

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    Jenni Beesley Indianapolis, IN United States 08-21-16
    Jenni Beesley Indianapolis, IN United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2015

    mother of two

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    "Very Different from the movie"

    Love this way better than the movie. My 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter were riveted on our road trip. Even hubby said he liked it better than the movie. Anne Hathaway deserves a major award for her ability to beautifully tell the story and fittingly change the voice of each character. Thank you Anne!!

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    Amazon Customer 08-16-16
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    "just wonderful!"

    Loved the book, and LOVED Anne Hathaway reading it!! A good listen for good fun.

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    Justin 08-01-16
    Justin 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Anne Hathaway = Amazing!!!"
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because of the narrating, this audiobook ranks #1 for me. She did such an amazing job. Never thought I would enjoy listening to this story this much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Scarecrow. For one, the voice she uses for him makes me smile each time I hear it. For two, my favorite line in the story, "Yes brains are important, but you can't be happy without a heart." ****I'm paraphrasing of course.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    As stated above, the Scarecrow. The field mice are such a close second though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes very much so. I want to share this experience with my children and everyone I know. So enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had one wish to make, it'd be to hear more from Anne Hathaway. The different voices she uses make the experience so great.

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    Joe 07-29-16
    Joe 07-29-16

    A guy with lots of free time

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    "Great classic with fantastic narration"

    Hathaway does justice to this edition. Her character voicing is distinct and expressive without being overwrought.

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    Amazon Customer Blythe, CA 06-28-16
    Amazon Customer Blythe, CA 06-28-16
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    "Amazingly Talented Narration"

    Anne Hathaway did an amazing job narrating this beloved story. My two sons and I enjoyed listening to this very much.

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    Justin Scott Frase 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful narrator!"

    My 4 and 5 year old girls were enchanted by Anne Hathaway's delightful narration of this classic. They have tried listening to this story narrated by others and none were able to hold their attention like this one. They were captivated to the very end!

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