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Anna Fields does a masterly job of narrating this timeless classic. She has a wonderful voice and handles characterizations well, from the wicked witches to Dorothy, the cowardly lion, the wizard and others notable characters including the mouse queen. I look forward to hearing more titles narrated by Ms. Fields, including the sequel to Wizard of Oz.
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Anna Fields does a fine job reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Her narrator's voice is friendly and savory, and her voices for Baum's characters are suitably matched to his characterizations and sufficiently differentiated from each other, Dorothy being sweet and pure, the Scarecrow husky and kind, the Tin Woodman emotional and spunky, the Cowardly Lion deep and slow, Oz aged and apologetic and clever, the Wicked Witch of the West childish and wicked, the Queen of the Mice high-pitched and helpful, and so on. As a result, it's rather easy and fun to follow her reading even in scenes with multiple characters talking.
The story itself is light-hearted, with plenty of fantastic and appealing characters (like Dorothy's companions), exciting flare-ups of violence (like the Wicked Witch sending her wolves, crows, bees, and monkeys after the party) ironic insights into human nature (like the pure Tin Woodman's mistaken belief that if he had a heart he would not need to be so careful to avoid hurting living beings because people with hearts naturally avoid hurting others), humorous lines (like when the Scarecrow asks the Lion if he has brains and he answers "I suppose so. I've never looked to see"), and good themes for children (like the idea that we all have the potential to develop the qualities we think we lack and just need to find the confidence and opportunities to use them). If you've only seen the movie, and if you like it, then you should really read or listen to the original book, because it's interesting to compare the similar and different points between them.
I listened to several other versions of The Wizard of Oz, and I'm glad I chose this one, because I think it's just right.
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