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. Best Actress nominee 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.”
I received a free download of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ for being a member of Audible.com. It is part of their new collection called the A-List collection which is some classics that are narrated by actors. Each actor had a hand in choosing the book they would narrate. I had read the book several years ago and of course the movie is one of my favorite movies. Although as with most Hollywood adaptations the book and the movie had a lot of differences. Some things in the book were left out of course and some things were changed like the slippers. I thought that Anne Hathaway did an excellent job with the narrations. She had a different voice for each character and was consistent with her delivery of each voice. The only voice I had an issue with was the voice of the king of the mice. It was just grating and I actually cringed when she did that voice but luckily it was a very small part of the story. This would make a great book for a long road trip with children as they would be entertained immensely by it. I highly recommend this book.