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  • Written by: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (223 ratings)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Written by: L. Frank Baum
Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
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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, 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.”

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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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Give Anne Hathaway an award!

I had never read this book, even as a child. Of course, like everyone, I'm very family with the film. I liked the book much better than the movies! The characters are much more developed and endearing. Anne Hathaway was incredible! She had a fun, distinctive voice for every character- and there were A LOT of characters! It was like being read to by a loved one. She even put great enthusiasm into reading the narrative. I am looking forward to listening to this again with my daughter when she gets a bit older.

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  • Joy
  • 2023-12-06

Loved it!

And Hathaway was terrific. And it I so enjoyed the book. I had never read it. I’m glad I have now.

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Love it

My kids absolutely loved this book and listened to it more than 7 times.
Definitely recommend this.

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Outstanding

Anne was outstanding! And the book is far better than the movie. Would recommend to anyone. Money, greed and the 'gold standard.' Nod to American politics at the time.

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Must Hear

Listened with my 4 and 7 year old on a road trip. We were all enthralled with the incredible reading and lively voices by Anne Hathaway. Award worthy rendition of the great book. A must hear for all ages.

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Hathaway saves it. Very fun.

2 stars for the book, which, while different than the movie was interesting, also had more issues than the movie in other respects. However, Hathaway narrating it was incredible. I’d listen to her read anything. Wide range of voices and breathes life into even the lifeless.

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Different than the movie but as entertaining

I listened to this with my 10 yr old son. It was captivating and a great way to end every day for a few weeks.

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Awesome!

I look forward to listening to more book by Anne! Thank you for the voices!! My 8 year old just ADORES this particular version!!

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It was alright

I had to read it for school and its just not my thing.
The story has a good moral and would certainly have been better if I'd read it as a child, but reading it now wasn't that exciting.
The narrator was fantastic though.

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  • Kim
  • 2020-06-28

One of the great stories of all time!!

This story is a classic! It’s a overall really good family story. I like the characters and the story line a great family story for any age.My child was not afraid, but some children might be bothered by the wicked witch or, like I was as a child, the flying monkeys. Anne Hathway did a great job of narrating this tale. My 4 year old absolutely loved it!! The characters each have their own voice, she talks clearly and enunciates perfectly.

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