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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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    Randee Baty Parsons, KS 09-05-14
    Randee Baty Parsons, KS 09-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "My new favorite audiobook"

    I love audiobooks and this has just become my new favorite. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a favorite book for years and hearing Anne Hathaway's reading of it brought it into a whole new realm of pleasure. She is absolutely brilliant with the voices, the emotion, the inflections, all of it. My grown daughter who was home for several days because she was sick listened to it twice. It's that good. This is what audiobooks, particularly of children's stories, should be.

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    Keith I. PA 09-01-14
    Keith I. PA 09-01-14
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    "Great Story! Enthusiastic Performance."
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the story and the enthusiastic performance by Anne Hathaway.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how my son, after listening to the story, asked for more.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    The Scarecrow


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    KellysHero718 07-28-14
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    "I'm Glad I Listened"
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    I'm glad that I ignored those who complained about the narration of this wonderful story for children. Ms. Hathaway - who turned out NOT to be the one from The Beverly Hillbillies - did an absolutely delightful job with all the voices. She made it really fun, and a bit silly sometimes, just like I used to do back when my kiddies were small. It is a first-rate performance, with emphasis on performance.

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    Chryna 07-23-14
    Chryna 07-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing:)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    The story of course, the performance of Anne is perfect for me:) The nuances and everything. I really appreciate it. It's easy to listen and very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    The whole story is memorable of course


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    She's great. I did not know she knows a lot of voices; And nuances in the performance are spot on. I really enjoyed listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love this book:) and listening to it is a delight

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    Serena Clark 04-17-14
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    "Literally, AMAZING!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have ALREADY recommended the audio book to EVERYONE I know!


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    What a great performance!
    She brought all of the characters to life!
    Sometimes I get distracted while I'm listening to a book while driving or walking and start thinking about other things... with Anne Hathaway, I was HOOKED! I couldn't wait to get in the car so I could listen!


    Any additional comments?

    All of the other reviews are right, listen to THIS version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You won't regret it!

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    C. Sundseth 03-28-14
    C. Sundseth 03-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "interesting interpretation"

    I have always liked the Wizard of OZ. Ms. Hathaway voices the book well.
    Not my favorite performance of the book.

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    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 03-21-14
    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 03-21-14

    Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)

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    "Anne Hathaway was awesome!!"
    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    I have watched the movie many times but never read the book. So I loved how the book has many more characters in it. It's a great story of not knowing just how much you can do with what you have. The scarecrow didn't need a brain as he was growing smarter every day. The Tin man might not had a real heart but he was full of heart when he saved the Queen of the field mice. The Cowardly Lion already had courage when it came time to help his new friends. :)


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    Hands down the Cowardly Lion!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh but mostly because of Anne Hathaway and her voices. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Ten times better than the movie I would recommend everyone try the book!

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    "The Best narrative so far"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    The story is good and the performance of Ann Hathway is breath taking


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

    Several voices and perfect voice


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    Kindle Customer 03-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "great for kids!"
    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    We listen to it all the time, it has become a fast favorite for the whole family.


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    I wish there were other children's books to compare Anne Hathaway's performance to, but Ihaven't found anything else quite as dynamic. It is hard to engross both adults and five year olds,but this classic has done just that.


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    Crystal Ball Scryer Mentor, OH 02-27-14
    Crystal Ball Scryer Mentor, OH 02-27-14

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    "This takes me back!"
    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audiobook I have listened to. I chose it so that I could listen with my 9 year old grandson whenever he spent the night; he always looked forward to hearing several chapters before he fell asleep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    It is hard to choose just one moment, but comparing the differences between the book and the movie with Judy Garland was a lot of fun, for both of us!


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

    I think Anne has a youthful voice that is filled with fun and energy. Her voices for the characters are convincing and quite different from each other.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As in the movie, it is a special moment when Dorothy finally finds her way back home.


    Any additional comments?

    Children will enjoy listening to this story. I am glad my grandson got to hear the original book version, because I don't think he would have read it for himself since, as most kids will say, "I've already seen the movie!" He is glad he has also now heard the book! Highly recommend it to others.

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  • Julia Brown
    11/30/14
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    "Brilliant narration"
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    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!!!

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  • Manfred
    Herten, Netherlands
    12/23/12
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    "Wonderful"

    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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  • Paul
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara williams
    11/22/16
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    "Wonderful"

    For kids story I really enjoyed The Wizard of Ahhhs. I have seen many occasions over the years whether it being a film or a storybook it was wonderful to listen to the original storyline . And I have to admit that Anne Hathaway did it perfectly to illustrate the story. It did make me chuckle a few times .

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  • Kuroi_ookami
    10/27/16
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    "Hathaway is brilliant"

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

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  • James T.
    Torquay, United Kingdom
    10/17/16
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    "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.
    1/21/16
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    "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
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    "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.

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