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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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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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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!<br/>She brought all of the characters to life!<br/>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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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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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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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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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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  • Roberta
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • 02-12-14

Classic story, very well read

What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

The best part was the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

That it wasn't 1:1 with the film. I've never read/heard the book before, and the additional details were fun to learn (like why the tin man is made of tin, and more about the flying monkeys, and stuff like that)

What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

Oh, she was excellent. I liked everything about her performance. An excellent narrator.

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

This isn't that kind of book... but it did occasionally make me laugh, and I guess that moved me.

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My 4 year olds first chapter book

This is a quirky little tale well narrated by Anne Hathaway. She did an excellent job changing her voice for each character and I found that it captivated my child's attention so that she could listen to 2 chapters at a time and asked for more. It was fanciful but not too complicated for a child to follow.

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  • Joel
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 12-30-13

Great story for kids, but...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Kids 4 to 8 years old should enjoy this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I do not have a favorite character in this book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Anne Hathaway is great for kids books, yet she shows that she does not understand tonality in some of her characters. Accents were completely wrong and caused me to want some of the characters to leave the story and never return.

What character would you cut from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

None

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