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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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Would you listen to The Wizard of Oz again? Why?
I tried several others but this is my favorite edition of The Wizard of Oz. I liked the narrator. His voice is pleasant to listen to, and he does a terrific job with voicing the characters in the book. To me it seemed like L Frank Baum himself was reading the book.
I also liked that it is an annotated edition. The notes at the beginning of the added to the experience for me. I didn't know much of anything about Baum or the Oz books, until I listened to it. It gave me a better understanding of it all. Bravo
What other book might you compare The Wizard of Oz to and why?
It's hard to compare The Wizard of Oz to anything else except maybe Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
What about Ron Knowles’s performance did you like?
The performance was excellent and one of the best out of all the Oz narrators. His voice is easy to listen to and he does an excellent job voicing the characters. It really did feel to me like L Frank Baum himself was reading the book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Dorothy could always go home, but she would have missed out on the greatest adventure of her life.
Any additional comments?
Excellent edition of an excellent story.