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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Written by: L. Frank Baum
Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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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), 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.”

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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Anne Hathaway a delight

Miss Hathaway’s performance was incredible! It was lively and all characters were brought to life very vividly.

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Great family listen

We listened to this as a family on a road trip this summer, with our almost 5 year old, and two year old. The five year old as well as us (the parents) were entranced and didn’t want to get out of the car once we arrived at our destination. The two year old didn’t mind listening either, but I’m not sure him much she paid attention. Either way it was a great road trip book which we all enjoyed. #Audible1

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Hathaway does a great job

A classic well read. Things are different in the book then in the movie that we have all seen. Worth listening to.

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Anne Hathaway brings The Wizard of Oz to Life

The narrator really loves reading this book. Hathaway brings the original book alive with such a variety of characters and joyful with every word.

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  • WhosYourChubby
  • Rancho Cordova, CA. USA
  • 2016-08-29

Just wonderful.

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

Yes, there was so much that was in this book that is not in the movie that I found interesting. I also loved Ann reading it. She was great. For any Wicked fans out there, you will find things in this book that are in the play.

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

I don't know as I never read books like this but now I think I may give more like it a try.

What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

Loved it! She really made the book jump out and take form in ones head.

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

I was shocked at the violence in the book. Lots of chopping off of head. That may bother some children.

Any additional comments?

I want to read all of the books in this series and learn all about Oz and what happens in it and to Dorthy and her friends. Makes me feel like a kid again...maybe for the first time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-16

just wonderful!

Loved the book, and LOVED Anne Hathaway reading it!! A good listen for good fun.

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  • Jenni Beesley
  • Indianapolis, IN United States
  • 2016-08-21

Very Different from the movie

Love this way better than the movie. My 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter were riveted on our road trip. Even hubby said he liked it better than the movie. Anne Hathaway deserves a major award for her ability to beautifully tell the story and fittingly change the voice of each character. Thank you Anne!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-30

Narration was phenomenal!

I liked that the way Anne Hathaway created voices for each character, in a way that felt like each one was voiced by a different person. Out of all the audio books I've listened to, she was the best performer so far! As for the story, I'd recommend it for the younger ones that haven't seen the movie yet. The younger ones would also enjoy Anne Hathaway's performance immensely! The older ones or the non-fans of Anne Hathaway might not appreciate her performance.

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  • Justin
  • 2016-08-01

Anne Hathaway = Amazing!!!

Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Because of the narrating, this audiobook ranks #1 for me. She did such an amazing job. Never thought I would enjoy listening to this story this much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Scarecrow. For one, the voice she uses for him makes me smile each time I hear it. For two, my favorite line in the story, "Yes brains are important, but you can't be happy without a heart." ****I'm paraphrasing of course.

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

As stated above, the Scarecrow. The field mice are such a close second though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes very much so. I want to share this experience with my children and everyone I know. So enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

If I had one wish to make, it'd be to hear more from Anne Hathaway. The different voices she uses make the experience so great.

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  • Justin Scott Frase
  • 2016-06-26

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!

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  • yhs
  • 2016-09-01

the movie is a classic, but only for the music

what an incredible story! and the performance by the narrator was incredible. after listening to this book, it is going on my list of read out loud bedtime stories for my four children.

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  • Shayne
  • 2016-08-31

... I enjoyed it.

I listened to this out of curiosity. I read an article about bimetallism monetary policy; that mentioned the Wizard of Oz having a related theme in it. It was also interesting to hear the differences between the original story and the movie story. I don't think; the narration could have been better without a full cast of voice actors. I enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Blythe, CA
  • 2016-06-28

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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2014-02-11

Fantastic

AS a kid, the first thing I looked forward to after Christmas was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was always aired in Feb., which was sweeps month. I did not know that, I just knew it was sometime after Christmas. It was a great musical and this is a great book. They differ some and are the same a lot. The musical gave the Wicked Witch of the West a huge part that she did not have in the book. It was interesting to see the differences and easy to see why certain changes were made. The book is more violent, with some head chopping going on, but not enough to make the whole book not worth reading. It was published in 1900 and was the best selling children's book for two years.

Baum has an excellent imagination and I loved the ceramic people, which was not in the movie. There are lessons on courage, intelligence, tenderness, confidence and ambition, which children and adults of today can learn much.

Hathaway has taken a real beating by some reviewers. I did not always agree with her interpretations of the characters, (Valley girls did not exist when this was written) but I thought she brought life to the book. She kept it interesting. I much prefer a narrator that spices up the reading, as a reader who just mouths the words. Baum himself changed the book and characters in order to get it on Broadway. If he was alive today, I do not believe he would have a problem with his story being updated.

I also liked the book Wicked, which gives you the witches side of the story.

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