Why Did I Listen To This Book?
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz is pretty important to me, more so the movie than the book. However, this listen of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum is my third time reading the book. Y’all, I listened to Anne Hathaway’s narration of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz because basically I am a glutton for celebrity narrated audiobooks and because I wanted to experience the story as an adult. Here’s where I admit to you that I used to be scared shitless of the flying monkeys from the movie. Like, I would not go into a room that had lumps in the blankets because I was convinced there were flying monkeys in the lumps. It got to the point where I would sleep out in the hallway. My parents still love to trot that story out to embarrass me from time to time. So you guys, I think that with this listen, I have FINALLY conquered that fear of those monkeys.
What’s The Story Here?
If you don’t know what happens in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, you can just go home right now. Just leave. I don’t want you here. Like I don’t even give a shit about spoiling you because you should know what happens in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Here’s what happens, basically Dorothy is on the farm with her Aunt Em and her Uncle Henry and her pet dog Toto. One day, Dorothy and Toto are swept away by a tornado and end up in The Land Of Oz, in Munchkin County where the house kills the Wicked Witch Of The East. This is fricken awesome for the munchkins but it totally pisses off the Wicked Witch of the West. Anyways, Dorothy is desperate to get home so she gets some advice from the Good Witch of the North to go to the Emerald City, easily found by following the yellow brick road. Along the way, Dorothy is joined by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion. The whole way, the Wicked Witch tries to kill them, because she is evil. But you know what, the group perseveres and makes their way to the Wizard, and you guys pretty much know what happens for there, y’all there’s no place like home.
Who Was My Favorite Character?
Obviously my favorite character was Toto. Probably you thought I would say Dorothy, but hear me out. First off, dogs. I will forever and always love dogs especially when THEY DON’T DIE. Anyways, I love Toto because he’s a total scrapper like throughout the whole book it’s just consistent. Seriously, the dog totally has Dorothy’s safety in mind like the whole book and you guys, the dog may be small, but he is fierce.
Let’s Talk Things That Are In The Book But Not The Movie:
First off, A MOUNTAIN OF HAMMMERHEAD SHARKS. Um what. You guys, this must be like early Sharknado up in here. I am so sad this was not in the movie. AND THE LAND WHERE EVERYTHING IS MADE OF CHINA, also awesome. Giant spiders are there too. And you guys – the golden cap where Dorothy makes three wishes, that’s like so different from the movie. I think though, I like both equally but probably the movie a little bit more.
How’s The Narration?
Anne Hathaway can get it you guys. She can totally get it. I loved her narration of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum. She does a variety of fun and silly voices. When she isn’t doing the character voices, her narration is gentle and kind of perfectly on point for this book. It’s very melodic and makes for great listening. The audiobook is super short too – it’s 3 hours and 49 minutes unabridged and definitely makes short work of cleaning. I highly recommend this audiobook version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Yellow brick road adventure, obviously.
Disclosure: I Purchased My Copy Of This Audiobook For Free During Amazon’s Whispersync Promotion.
Other reviews of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
Reading Through Life – “Anne Hathaway shines in this audiobook”
The Guilded Earlobe – “Anne Hathaway’s reading of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz totally works”
Sarah Reads Too Much – “The story is pretty much what you think it is”