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)
Enjoyed hearing the story, much different than the movie that I grew up with it.
I would have liked a different performer, I have heard much better performances and was disappointed with this one.
It is worth listenening to learn the whole story.
I thought I knew Oz, from years of loving the various versions of the movie, the plays, and reading Wicked. Not! L. Frank Baum's story is more complex, less scary, and more thought- provoking than the movie, and I plan to read more of the series as a result. Someone said to me "This was the 'Harry Potter' series of its era", and I can see how! Ann Hathaway's narration was terrific!
I have always loved this story. I had a really hard time listening to Ms. Hathaway read. All the voices were a bit ridiculous, but what REALLY put me over the edge was the Wizard from Nebraska sounding like he's from the hills of Georgia.
I would have cast almost ANYONE else to read this book.
The story is ten thousand times better than the movie. Oz is a magical place and makes listeners nostalgic for a simpler time i.e. childhood and the innocence that comes with it.
I loved when Dorothy enters the China City. It was not featured in the movie but it should have. The China City adds to the magic of Oz.
She is a wonderful actress on screen but an even better voice actress. She really brings the characters to life.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sends you not only to Oz but brings you to a simpler time.
Wonderful book, wonderful narrator and you can't ever go wrong with a classic.
Husband, Father, Son.
Heck yeah!!! It's a classic that everyone should read. Way different from the movie and so much better
That it was different from the movie.
She did a great job doing the different voices and acting them out through her words. It was just plain great
No, not really just amazed me that it was different from the movie.
A person who wasn't overacting. I hated this version soooo much
This whole book is fantastic
If Anne Hathaway had allowed the story to be the central part of this rather than her "interpretation"
I wish I could get my money back. I'm not going to finish this version and I wouldn't ever inflict it on anyone else.
I am normally a *huge* Anne Hathaway fan, however, I felt she went way over the top dramatizing this performance. In scenes where absolutely nothing is happening, she starts gasping and dramatizing as if the world is coming to an end. She does this multiple times throughout the story in all of the wrong places. Also, nearly every character she did had a New York accent or a valley girl accent which just made this classic story sound ridiculous. Marge Simpson with a New York accent crawled into the scarecrows body, and I'm permanently scarred. lolNormally, I would enjoy her attempts to breathe new life into a classic story, but she went way overboard with this one and lost me. Even my 11 year old daughter thought the whole thing sounded odd and that the narrator was just distracting from the story. I think that's really the key to what went wrong - instead of presenting the story and letting it stand on its own merit, she tried to take center stage and failed.
This is a childhood favorite of mine and fondly remember my father explaining the economical and historical allegory. I wanted to hear it again. It was much shorter than I remembered but is just as wonderful. If you are not looking for the historical allegory its still a fabulous childrens book. I do have to say I was suprised that I did not enjoy the narrator as much as I expected. I love Anne Hathaway but her interpretation of the scarecrow was very hard for me to listen too. This is still a great listen for both parent and child or just for an adult.
This is simply a delightful and classic story that I and my children (ages 9 & 6) have enjoyed. If you've only seen the film, you should treat yourself to the novel - though it is admittedly difficult not to judge the book in light of the epic film.
What I could not tolerate was Anne Hathaway's dreadful performance. Ideally the narration should complement the story, but not distract or steal from the author's words. Hathaway's performance is a complete distraction - to the point that you hope certain characters won't have anything else to say because you don't want to hear her needlessly over-the-top voicing. Why does the palace guard have a southern (US) accent? Why does another person have a French accent? It's all just too much.
Do yourself a favor and pick from the 5 or so other versions of Baum's classic on Audible.
The book is so much more detailed than the original movie. The back story to OZ and its inhabitants is more prominent.
"Good reading of a classic"
This is very well read by Anne Hathaway, engaging for the children who listened with wrapt attention. It is a familiar tale to most British children, although some of the scenes are quite frightening for young ones (much as the film is). The story is more elaborate than the film, and has an extended coda.
"The great world of Oz"
Always been very found of the Wizard of Oz collection and must say this audible version is very good. Anne Hathaway gives life to this world and characters and her reading is very good.
I enjoyed this a great version for kids to listen to!
I guess everybody knows the story about Dorothy and Toto. If not from the movie with Ms. Garland then from reading the story by L. Frank Baum. But hearing it being narrated by Anne Hathaway is another dimension. I loved how she changes her voice to portrait the different characters. The story came to life again for me. I never read the sequels to the book, but this has prompted me to start doing so. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves a good story. Being Dutch I also recommend this audiobook to other Dutch people who love to read and hear stories in English.
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