L. Frank Baum's timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was first published in 1900.
Ray Bradbury wrote in his Introduction, "Both [Baum and Shakespeare] lived inside their heads with a mind gone wild with wanting, wishing, hoping, shaping, dreaming," and it is this same hunger that makes all of us continue to seek out the story of Oz - and be nourished by it.
This audiobook is taken from the text of the definitive first edition and includes the New York Times review of that edition as well as the original Preface by the author.
Public Domain (P)2012 Listening Library
"Baum was a true educator, and those who read his Oz books are often made what they were not - imaginative, tolerant, alert to wonders, life." (Gore Vidal)
Waaay over the top voices. Brook Shields has terrible voices for male characters. 4 stars for a wonderful classic story!
This is a classic book, and a story many people may only know from the film -- the original is well worth it. It's written in a very traditional 20th-century American style, straightforward and sensible, with a homespun quality that is very charming.
Brooke Shields' performance is excellent, but very clearly aimed at young children. The book can be enjoyed by people of any age, and adults might consider a version with a little less forced theatricality.
The book is quite different from the book. I enjoyed the movie much more. And Brooke Shield's is terrible at the narration. She was almost comical, but not in a good way.
Paul Rudd for the entire novel. Brooke Shields was terrible.
"Definitely not in Kansas anymore!"
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is getting to know more about the land of OZ and its inhabitants, particularly Dorothy's friends as we get to know more about their lives before meeting Dorothy.
The Cowardly Lion for the fact that he showed the true meaning of courage from the very start, being scared but willing to fight in spite of that, and that despite being scared he was still able to terrify others with just his roar alone.
Shortly after the Cowardly Lion is introduced and the group are running away from two large, deadly creatures, the Lion doesn't hesitate to put himself in the creatures way and shows that he is prepared to fight to the death to protect Dorothy and the others without any second thoughts.
While I wouldn't say that this book made me laugh or cry, it still left me with a sense of enjoyment and wonder as our heroes went on their journey across this strange but interesting land and left me with a desire for more.
Overall I would say that this was an enjoyable story and that the narrator did a wonderful job providing the voices for each character, making each one distinct and easy to tell apart.A piece of advice I would like to leave for possible readers is to put some distance in their minds between this book and the film "The Wizard of Oz" as while their are still many parts which feature in both works, their are still quite a number of differences which can make can make them seem like different stories.
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