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Editorial 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.

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Critic Reviews

“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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Great classic with fantastic narration

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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the wonderful wizard of oz

First book I ever heard liked very much. Will get more books to hear. Liked Anne's voice ..

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Engaging and very enjoyable!

The story is very good but the narrator is simply WONDERFUL!
To be honest, I bought it for my children to listen to, but I was captivated by the well done narration myself!
Buy it! You'll be glad that you did!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Anne hathway!

Very great a lovely story
I love it ha ha a good perform by anne hathway

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Nice classic

Any additional comments?

“Somewhere over the rainbow,
way up high.
There's a land that I heard of
once in a lullaby.”

I’ve been wanting to read this classic for quite some time now. I watched the movie when a was a kid, but I didn’t remember anything---excepting the main characters and the things they’re looking for.

I knew this was a children’s book but I expected it to be much stronger. Although the plot is fine---considering the audience for which is intended,---it happens way too fast: each new problem is solved right after is introduced.

All and all, it is a nice book to read. Specially one or two chapters at a time.

As for the performance, Anne Hathaway does a good job with the different voices and narration in general, although she has some weak moments (some voices and expressions).

Finally, I couldn’t end this review without a catchy song from the movie version:

“We're off to see the wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
We hear he is a whiz of a wiz, if ever a wiz there was.
If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, The Wizard of Oz is one because.
Because, because, because, because, because.
Because of the wonderful things he does.”

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Wow! Anne Hathaway is amazing!

First off you have a modern classic. A story that is familiar to all...or is it? The movie with its technicolor treatment and Hollywood magic is a glossy version of a truly gritty and dark fairy tale that will at times leave you shuddering at what was altered or left out. Anne Hathaway lends a truly captivating and rich voice that will take you through a land and a story that you thought you knew and show you their other side. A must for any fan.

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Not the story I thought I knew

Anne Hathaway did a good job with so many different voices but I had a hard time with the voice of the Scarecrow because it sounded like Marge Simpson. Listen to the sample on audible then go to youtube and listen to Marge Simpson it was too close to being the same voice I just couldn’t picture the Scarecrow in my head because the voice was Marge! That was the main voice that was just wrong and it took me out of the story, the rest of her voices were good with a few being annoying and some just not fitting, like a valley girl voice just seemed out of place. I guess I liked her narration overall I just wish the Scarecrow had sounded different.I would recommend this audiobook even with Marge Simpson cast as the Scarecrow! Anne does bring many voices to the mix maybe at times too many because some of them don’t seem to belong in the land of Oz but what do I know I’ve never been there!...

As I listened to this I came to the realization that I have never read Wizard of Oz before, yes I know I was shocked too. This story was a bit more violent in parts than I was expecting also there were some huge differences from the movie we have all seen 1,000 times so I had to try to get the movie out of my head and just go with the story, which I did enjoy. But in the end you can’t help comparing the differences…the shoes (silver, not red)...Toto (black, not brown) …Dorothy is a much younger girl…the violence, there is a lot of lopping off of heads that I did not expect..Also the witches seem to play a much smaller part in this than they did in the movie.

Everyone knows the premise of this story there are over 3000+ reviews and 98,000+ ratings on Goodreads alone so really what am I going to add other than if you think you have read this book but aren’t sure give it a try you may be like I was and realize you have never read the story Baum wrote, you only know the Hollywood version!

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Great for family car ride

Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

My family and I drove from Boston to New York listening to "the wonderful wizard of Oz." At 3HRs 52MIN OZ was the prefect length for a long car ride. We were enthralled and memorized by the depth and beauty of the story. The book is moderately different from the movie, which allows much discussion around the discrepancies. The narrator, Anne Hathaway, is excellent, where she bring so much magic and life to multiple characters. Our family continues to discuss the book weeks after completion.

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  • Kuroi_ookami
  • 10-27-16

Hathaway is brilliant

Wonderfully narrated, with just the right sense of fun and interesting accents for each character.

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  • James T.
  • 10-17-16

different from film

really loved it, it felt magical, didn't realised the shoes were silver and not ruby.

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  • Robert S.
  • 01-21-16

wonderful wizard of OZ

It was a great book, where Dorothy and the others travel to OZ to find their true happiness, listen to find out if their wishes come true...!

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  • Ron
  • 12-21-15

a true classic read by a classy lady

i remember that as a child, TWOO was one of the first books i read cover to cover. it was a rainy Saturday, and i curled in the corner of my parents 70s orange sofa. much later i had a crush on Anne Hathaway. so this performance is the best of all worlds. pure joy.