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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | [L. Frank Baum]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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."

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    TLK 07-23-15
    TLK 07-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done"

    Entertaining and engaging for me and for my young kids. Few editing goofs but Brooke Shields did a great job with the various characters.

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    Jonathan Siegers Middleburg, Fl 06-17-15
    Jonathan Siegers Middleburg, Fl 06-17-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Cheezy!!!"

    Waaay over the top voices. Brook Shields has terrible voices for male characters. 4 stars for a wonderful classic story!

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    Christina 05-07-15
    Christina 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    For an adult reader the character voices are a little annoying, but I love the story.

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    Karrie Chicago, IL, United States 04-04-14
    Karrie Chicago, IL, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brooke Shields is awful"
    What did you like best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brooke Shields and Paul Rudd ?

    Paul Rudd for the entire novel. Brooke Shields was terrible.


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    Rebecca FAIRFAX, VA, United States 03-18-13
    Rebecca FAIRFAX, VA, United States 03-18-13
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    "Great for kids"

    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.

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