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)
Great for my five and seven year old, great narration and of course a lovely story, as always.
I grew up reading the Oz books and loved them. I didn't com to even know of other versions, including the '39 movie, until I was reactively grown up. As such, I think I'm qualified in saying this is the original everybody should give a go. Wicked is amazing, the movie superb, and all the other variants and telling a 'that there is or was' build on this material.
Frankly I can't think of a better way to have the full story told to you, than by the queen of voices: Anne Hathaway. Sure, some professional voice actors have more subtle ranges, but this really is like having a dedicated older sister reading the story to you. And it is wicked good!
Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz, and yet I highly suggest you listen to this! Anne Harthorne the reader did an exceptional job. This was my second audio book. The first one was a Good Marriage. The entire time I listened to it all I could think was this is taking so long to get through. If I would have read it, it would have taken a quarter of the time. But, this one, the reader was entertaining, engaging, I didn't space out and have to hit rewind. Actually looked forward to the time when I could listen.
As for the actual review of the book. Everyone already knows the story, and whether or not you want to read it! The only thing to decide is read it, or have it read to you. I highly recommend you do the latter
Having seen the excellent movie several times, I was delighted to discover that there are another half-dozen adventures in the book, and no ruby slippers.
If I forget the movie's realization of the characters, I can accept all of Hathaway's realizations, including the Marge Simpson voice for the scarecrow. The New York City accents she uses for the characters left me one star short of perfect.
I love Anne Hathaway's expressions of the characters. She puts so much personality into her reading I feel like I'm watching a moving. They are cute and expressive.
I loved all the characters, but I liked Dorothy and the loin the best. The guardsmen was quite funny to hear as well.
I LOVE this audio book. I would recommend to any age group.
I grew up watching the movie over and over. Now for the first time I've read the book. How I wish they hadn't left anything out of the movie!! A great read.
Anne Hathaway does a great job of bringing this story to life. She uses different voices to depict the characters and I looked forward to my next instalment each day. The story is good, and there are some variations from the film which is interesting. I will definitely be looking for other books read by Anne Hathaway. My only complaint is I wish it was longer!!!
"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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