The Wizard of Oz

  • by L Frank Baum
  • Narrated by Ron Knowles
  • 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, you join Dorothy on her first adventure in the land of Oz. After a cyclone transports Dorothy to Oz, she must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. You follow her adventures as she travels with the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion to see the Wizard of Oz then to see Glinda, the good witch.

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Prolonged prologue and lacking charm

Very disappointed. A wonderful book that stands the test of 100 years and this audio version seems to miss all of the charm and wit. I have read the Oz books to my children who love them, and bought this version for long car rides. There is a very long prologue which is largely advertising and a laundry list of Baum titles. If you try to skip it, you end up in chapter 2. Needless to say, children are uninterested and irritated by this delay in the story telling. The narrator does change voices for the characters, but lacks the warmth and cheerfulness I would have expected for this book.
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- J. Todd

If you don't Mind a highschool eassy on Frank Baum

Where does The Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This books ranks pretty low honestly the Prologue drags on for way to long. It sounds like a high school student wrote it for speech class on the life and history of Frank Baum. Giving a brief synopsizes of each of the books. It's like its just trying to sell the next books without first getting you to like the book your reading just kind of assuming that you already love the book. It might have been better placed at the end to sell the next book after you find out if you like the story or the characters.


What did you like best about this story?

I bought this as a one of those books you should just have in your library as a classic. But oh my lord this book is RANDOM. If you like the Disk-world series this would be it's predecessor. Magical Land filled with odd ball stuff that only make sense because the author clams it dose and is written well enough to drag you along.


How could the performance have been better?

I didn't really like the Performance. the reading of the prologue drives me nuts, and it just seems like a father reading a child a book that he rather not be reading.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was a book I listened to all in one sitting as I wanted to know what the movie was based on. The complete story is much longer then the movies that its based on. the whole evil witch thing is practically just incidental thing that happens in Dorthy's Journey. Its a plot point but the story doesn't revolve around it.


Any additional comments?

I would suggest you get this (or some version of this book) just to have in your collection but its not exceptional. Its a book that's not complicated even with a bizarre world its pretty simple story that at the heart of it is a little girls journey through an odd land that is so mixed up that a timid little girl is considered a genius and great mover and shaker.

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- Joseph "I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2009
  • Publisher: RP Audio