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The Wizard of Oz (1900)

by L. Frank Baum

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I'm a huge Wizard Of Oz fan. Even at age 40, I love this book. The story is so different than the movie...which for me is great. You have the beautiful cinematic story and the lovely written tale.

This story is written to where children of all ages can fall in love with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Lion.

It's a fast read, but well worth the time in such a classic. ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
I'm a huge Wizard Of Oz fan. Even at age 40, I love this book. The story is so different than the movie...which for me is great. You have the beautiful cinematic story and the lovely written tale.

This story is written to where children of all ages can fall in love with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Lion.

It's a fast read, but well worth the time in such a classic. ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
Anne Hathaway is not a horrible narrator. When she is narrating lines of text, her voice is quite pleasant, melodious, and very easy on the ears. Her vocalizations of the characters, however, leave a lot to be desired. The Lion has a Jewish twang, while the Scarecrow definitely has a Brooklyn lilt. Dorothy sounds like she is always going to cry, and the Tin Woodman sounds like he is also constantly on the verge of tears. Had Ms. Hathaway not tried so hard to differentiate the voices, the entire performance would have been much more even and bearable. Unfortunately, her voices becomes so distracting that one begins to cringe at the mere thought of more dialogue. This is not the type of narrator experience one should have when one is already highly antagonistic towards the story.

That being said, there are some pleasant surprises that slightly redeem the story. Knowing about the hypothesized allegorical connections before listening or reading the original version makes one focus on the multiple mentions of silver, green, and gold throughout the story. (Unfortunately, whether the allegory is true or not is not something a generic reader will ever be able to discern.) Then there is the addition of a backstory for the Flying Monkeys, which makes them less frightening and much more interesting characters. The details of the book omitted from the movie really do add a bit more credence to the story, although that is not saying much.

The main issue with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is that it passes itself off as an adult warning tale hidden within the confines of a children’s story, and neither are very good stories or warnings. There is no doubt that the use of color is a deliberate choice, and there is plenty of symbolism throughout the story. However, it is obtuse symbolism. Even literary scholars do not agree on Baum’s ultimate message. There is something fundamentally wrong and almost subliminal about Baum’s motivation when no one can interpret his message. As for the child’s tale portion, there are aspects of the story that seem questionable for its audience. The killing, the slavery, and the trickery are all one thing, but the characters themselves are also problematic. They are embarrassingly clueless and naïve, something which just does not mesh well with today’s information-driven culture. They do not question authority, and they earn rewards for their lack of challenge. They are nothing but blind followers, not the mindset most parents want to teach their children. The children’s story may have been appropriate for the time in which it was written, but it does not cross generations at all.

I am not and have never been a fan of the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her friends drive me batty. There is something about her voice that makes me cringe. The story is too extreme in its lessons of good and evil for enjoyment, and while the cinematography is gorgeous, it does nothing to improve the overall plot. I was really hoping the combination of Anne Hathaway and the original version of the story would be enough to change my mind. Alas, it is not enough, and my attempt to at least understand the fascination of this weird and pitiful story is at an end. ( )
  jmchshannon | Apr 6, 2014 |
I read this one out loud to Scot. We both really liked it! I had no idea how much different the movie is from the original book and that there are sequels to the book. We are going to try to find the second in the series to read. ( )
  CharlaOppenlander | Apr 4, 2014 |
I read this one out loud to Scot. We both really liked it! I had no idea how much different the movie is from the original book and that there are sequels to the book. We are going to try to find the second in the series to read. ( )
  CharlaOppenlander | Apr 4, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
L. Frank Baumprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, WayneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biro, B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Copelman, EvelynCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denslow, William WallaceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelbreit, MaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glassman, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Granger, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hathaway, AnneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helanen-Ahtola, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herring, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingpen, Robert R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krenkel, RoyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krukenberg, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magagna, Anna MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Müller, KlausCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCurdy, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKee, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Moser, BarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Schulz, Russell HCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ulrey, DaleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisgard, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiesgard, LeonardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my good friend and comrade, my wife L. F. B.
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Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.
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"Take me home to Aunt Em!"
"Come along, Toto," she said. "We will go to the Emerald City and ask the great Oz how to get back to Kansas."
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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. 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.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting.
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Headline: Kansas girl
Enters strange new land; at once
Starts a killing spree.

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One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.

This lavishly produced facsimile of the rare first edition contains all 24 of W. W. Denslow's original color plates, the colorful pictorial binding, and the 130 two-color illustrations that help make The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so special and enduring.

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After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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