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After having been brought up on the movie, I was quiet curious about the author's real intentions regarding the messages implicit in his work. Happy to say the messages were not neglected by the movie makers. There is, however a wealth of information one can happily visualize that are missing from the movie. So, I thoroughly enjoyed transporting my self to OZ, meeting the characters on my own terms and remembering the important ethics of the day.
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The story is much better than the original movie and the remake. It gives the background of all characters - not just Dorothy. And in the book Dorothy is not dresming!
The narrator does so well that one knows who's speaking.
I had often only caught snippets of the film, so when u had the opportunity to listen to it, in its original form, I had to hear the story...glad I did, much more interesting than the film version
What did you like best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What did you like least?
It's fascinating to read the original story after being so familiar with the film versions. The story is imaginative and quick paced and there are some interesting differences with the films
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Turn it into a film! This is one of those rare occasions where a good story has been turned into a great film (Fight Club being another notable example), and in some ways the story reads more like a screenplay as it quickly jumps from one scene to the next without much backstory or narrative detail. The story is also darker in some places than the film (I don't remember the Tin Man beheading 40 raging wolves in the film!)
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?
There are so many good male voice actors out there - pick any one! The narration was fine in some parts, but in other parts was distractingly stilted, with emphasis in all the wrong places, as though it was being read by a computer. I don't know if this is the fault of poor editing or the narrator, but it ruined the book
Do you think The Wonderful Wizard of Oz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
There was a good follow-up film 'Return to Oz'
Any additional comments?
This is an interesting story, though more of a fable. But the best thing about the story is that it provided the inspiration for the film