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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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The Complete Wizard of Oz is missing information on which stories and chapters are in which parts. I took the time to listen to and write them down for others to reference. I am going to add this to my feedback but it would be best if this was added to the audio books. Please excuse any mistakes. I have listed the stories contained in each part and their audio chapters. A hint is to look at the chapters lasting less than a minute. These contain the title and introductions to new stories. Part 1 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz audio ch 1-26. The Marvelous Land of Oz audio ch 27-40. Part 2 The Marvelous Land of Oz continued audio ch 1-14. The Woggle Bug Book audio chapters 15-17. Ozma of Oz ch 18-end. Part 3 The Road to Oz audio ch 1-27The Emerald City of Oz audio ch 28-endPart 4 The Emerald City of Oz audio ch 1-20. The Patchwork Girl of Oz audio ch 21-endPart 5 The Patchwork Girl of Oz continued audio ch 1-11. Little Wizard Stories of Oz audio ch 12-18. Ticktock of Oz audio audio ch 19-endPart 6 Ticktock of Oz audio ch 1-7. The Scarecrow of Oz audio ch 8-33. Rinkitink of Oz audio ch 34-end. Part 7 Rinkitink of Oz audio ch 1-21. The Lost Princess of Oz audio ch 22-end. Part 8 The Lost Princess of Oz audio ch 1-11. The Tin Woodman of Oz audio ch 12-37. The Magic of Oz audio ch 38-end. Part 9 The Magic of Oz audio ch 1-24. Glenda of Oz audio ch 25-end. Part 10 Glenda of Oz audio ch 1-12. The Royal Book of Oz audio ch 13-end
175 of 177 people found this review helpful
I am not yet finished with this and will update it once I have completed all of the stories, but I want to leave a review of my early impressions.
The reader is consistent and fairly accurate, if a bit low energy. If it were edited properly, I'd give the performance a solid 3-4 stars.
Unfortunately, the editing leaves a lot to be desired. In the first 2 books there are multiple instances where the reader made a mistake and re-read a section but the error was not cut out of the recording. The first couple of times I thought it was a problem with chapter chunking, but there have been several which are clear cases of simple bad editing.
Additionally there is a problem of finding beginning and ends of books. The easiest way to locate them is to find chapters with lengths under 20 seconds. But, if you're looking for a specific book you have to guess which part it's in (there are 10, I'll put a list at the end for reference, which I found in another review and reformatted here).
Calling this 22 "books" is misleading, as many of these are actually short works by Baum. But, some of these I've never seen in audio format before, so it's nice to include them. There are really more like 15 books here.
I would like to see this be rereleased with better editing, but I can't really complain about 91 hours of audio with minor problems for the price of one credit :-)
One last little complaint: The cover photo. The slippers are silver in the books. Not ruby.
1-26 : The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
27-40 : The Marvelous Land of Oz (continued in Part 2)
1-14 : The Marvelous Land of Oz (continued from Part 1)
15-17 : The Woggle Bug Book
18-43 : Ozma of Oz
1-27 : The Road to Oz
28-end : The Emerald City of Oz (continued in Part 4)
1-20 : The Emerald City of Oz (continued from Part 3)
21-end : The Patchwork Girl of Oz (continued in Part 5)
1-11 : The Patchwork Girl of Oz (continued from Part 4)
12-18 : Little Wizard Stories of Oz
19-end : Ticktock of Oz (continued in Part 6)
1- 7 : Ticktock of Oz (continued from Part 5)
8-33 : The Scarecrow of Oz
34-end : Rinkitink of Oz (continued in Part 7)
1-21 : Rinkitink of Oz (continued from Part 6)
22-end : The Lost Princess of Oz (continued in Part 8)
1-11 : The Lost Princess of Oz (continued from Part 7)
12-37 : The Tin Woodman of Oz
38-end : The Magic of Oz (continued in Part 9)
1-24 : The Magic of Oz (continued from Part 7)
25-end : Glenda of Oz (continued in Part 10)
1-12 : Glenda of Oz (continued from Part 9)
13-end : The Royal Book of Oz
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This is the complete collection of Wizard of Oz stories. It is well narrated and lovely to listen to. The stories become a bit repetitive so I found listening to one at a time with breaks to listen to other books worked for me.
The main downside of this book is that there are no chapter headings or story titles so it is very difficult to find your place if you lose it or know how long each story is. This is particularly a problem because there are 90 hours of listening.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection to be better than the print version?
Yes as you can hear each character differently and use your imagination to how they would look.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The tin man because he protects everyone else and repairs them if they need it.
Which character – as performed by Eric Vincent – was your favourite?
jack pumpkinhead. He makes it funny.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The scarecrow and jack pumpkinhead make me laugh :)
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
I initially thought the narrator's unusual accent would bother my kids and me, but its actually great. My 4 and 6 year olds love the story and the pace of narration is just right for a story this long.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful