Audiobook review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Posted March 21, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews, Review Archive / 1 Comment

Audiobook review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Length: 3:49:53
Genres: Children's Book, Middle Grade
Published by Classics, Penguin Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Narrator: Anne Hathaway
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Over a century after its initial publication, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is still captivating the hearts of countless readers. Come adventure with Dorothy and her three friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City for an audience with the Great Oz, the mightiest Wizard in the land, and the only one that can return Dorothy to her home in Kansas.

This edition, fully annotated, faithfully reproduces L. Frank Baum’s original novel straight from the source, and free from modern edits. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the story just as Baum wrote it over one hundred years ago, while at the same time you'll enjoy interesting facts and footnotes that expand this great story and provide a basis for Baum’s magical world.

I have seen the movie Wizard of Oz countless times as a child and adult, but I never once read the book. Since I had the book on my kindle when I got on audible it told me that I could get it real cheap. I can’t remember how much it was but it was like $.99 or $1.99 or something close to that, so I decided to get it.

It has sit on my audibles for a long time before I decided to listen to it while I started taking my walks. The story is just as cute as the movie but it’s definitely different than the movie. There are many more characters in the book that are not in the movie which makes it worthwhile to read or listen too.

We all know the story about how Dorthy and Toto gets carried to the land of Oz and she has to travel to the Emerald City to talk to the Wizard about sending her home again. She is seen as   because her house landed on the wicked witch of the east and killed her.  Along the way she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Along the way they run into trouble and have to get help from a Stork and the Queen of the field mice. They make it to the Emerald City and meet the Wizard of Oz but he won’t grant their wishes until they kill the wicked witch of the west. There is just way more to it than you ever see in the movie which makes it much more interesting.


The copy I got has Anne Hathaway as the narrator and let me tell you she had me laughing. She was awesome, I loved all her voices but I really loved her Cowardly Lion voice! She really brought the book to life by doing interesting voices for each of the characters that are in the story. I would love to listen to more novels with her as the narrator she has a voice for audiobooks.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a quick and fun audiobook and it was a lot of fun going on the adventure with Dorthy. I loved the other characters that I never got to know from the movie version. Their adventure on the yellow brick road was a lot more fun in the book and I would recommend it to anyone, young and old!


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