The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook Review

December 9, 2013

Adapted by the author for stage and later for film, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of America’s most beloved classic novels. This enchanting tale follows Dorothy Gale, a young girl in an utterly drab world. She lives on a farm with her aunt and uncle and her sweet, little dog Toto in Kansas. That is, until a tornado hits the countryside and sweeps Dorothy and Toto off to another world, a world bright and adventurous – welcome to Oz.

In the Land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are faced with peril and fright as she tries to find a way back home. They are accompanied by a trio of miserable misfits; a heartless Tinman, a brainless Scarecrow, and a cowardly Lion. This motley collective seeks out the wisdom of a legendary wizard, who lives at the heart of the Emerald City. It is assumed he will have answers for, not only the girl, but her friends as well. Along the way, they are met with attacks from various hordes – wolves, bees, winged monkeys, etc – sent by the Wicked Witch of the West.

There is an ongoing theme throughout the book of self-confidence, as the characters express their lack of specific qualities while fulfilling those very skills on a constant basis. The Tinman fears he has no heart, yet is the most emotional of the whole group. The Scarecrow claims to have no brain while he comes up with great ideas all the time. And The Cowardly Lion is, of course, the bravest of them all.

This audio edition of this beloved story features wonderful narration by Brooke Shields and Paul Rudd. They truly breathe new life into this enchanting classic!

L. Frank Baum had a rough start in the entertainment industry, failing theatre and newspaper until finally coming up with the world of Oz in 1900. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was an overnight success, leading the native New Yorker to write thirteen sequels and nearly fifty other novels within a twenty-year span.

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