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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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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Lovely narration!

What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Anne Hathaway does a wonderful job narrating this classic: her voices are very convincing, and consistent throughout the book (i.e. her Lion sounds the same in the beginning, as it does in the end). My 5 and 3 year olds loved it, although it is probably better suited for slightly older kids.

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Have I just enjoyed a kids book?

It was a nice book. The format it's like a big story conform by a set of smaller stories. Which make it, like watching a TV show. Sadly it also made me last longer to finish it, because after I finish a story, I stopped it. Since I don't have a cliff hanger for me to go on.

Aside of that it was surprising to be impressed by a book so old. When you read it, you know what I mean.

Finally the narration was just on point. I never new that Anne could make so many voices, I think that was my favorite part of the book. To listen the different voices of the characters.

Favorite Character: The Scarecrow

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Absolutely fantastic

I grew up only knowing the screenplay version of Oz. What a shame! Having children myself now, we decided to download this
version for a long road trip. Our children (ages 2-9) and my husband & I hung on every word. What a treat for the ears and mind! Anne Hathaway does an terrific job narrating. Highly recommend!

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Anne Hathaway Destroys

Anne Hathaway dominated the narration of this pleasant children's story so masterfully that it sent shivers down my spine. Wonderfully gleeful performance, you can almost hear the ear-to-ear smile in her voice. Far and away the best narration I've heard yet. Seriously looking forward to more of this "A-List Collection," in which celebrities narrate audiobooks. [AUDIBLE]

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  • sarah darr
  • Indian Head, PA United States
  • 11-23-15

Great for my 5 and 7 year old!

Great for my five and seven year old, great narration and of course a lovely story, as always.

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  • Tobias
  • Vittsjö, Sweden
  • 11-21-15

Like having a great older sister reading it

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!

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Wonderful

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

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Not the best

It was not my favorite I haves concussion and it was so short if you like this book you like it

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  • DENNIS
  • Adelphi, MD, United States
  • 10-18-15

The book is more than the movie

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.

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Great Story!

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.