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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. Frank Baum, Rebecca Burns Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Oz Novels Release Date:
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Most of us remember The Wizard of Oz as the film starring Judy Garland and Bert Lahr. But the film was based on L. Frank Baum’s immensely popular Oz series, which was published in the early twentieth century. In these novels, Oz is the utopian land beyond the rainbow where threats are turned back with valor and ingenuity. The books’ success lies in the way they induce children to look for the element of wonder in the world around them.

Considered the first truly American fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz follows the adventures of Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, after her Kansas home is swept away by a cyclone and lands in Oz, killing the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the good witch, Glenda, show them the yellow brick road, which leads to Emerald City and the powerful Wizard of Oz. On this unforgettable journey, Dorothy encounters the brainless Scarecrow, the heartless Tin Woodman, and the cowardly Lion, each of whom must overcome the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West to get his heart’s desire.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin Lenox | 2/19/2014

    " Beautiful books for children L Frank simply understands the child-like mind, I will enjoy reading these to my children one day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emma W. | 2/8/2014

    " I just recently started the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I am at the part of the book when Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow and The Tin Man are walking through the scary forest and none of them want to admit it but they are all scared to death. I thought that it was sort-of creepy when the tin man told his story of how he had been enchanted with a spell to keep him from marrying the one he loved and the way hat the wicked witch of the west did that was every time he would go out to chop wood or work the ax would slip out of his hands and cut off a limb from his body that would have to be replaced with a tin one. His happened to right leg then his left his right arm then his left and even his head but the last part to get chopped was right through his heart and that too was replaced by tin. Now I can understand why my sister told me not to read this book when I was seven. So far this is a really good book, bedsides when the tin man tells his story, and I would give it four and a half stars. I am at the part of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz when the scarecrow is left in the middle of the river and the rest of them are swept away by the current the cowardly lion decides that he is the only one that could swim them to safety because the tin man would rust and Dorothy and Toto are too small. Once they get back to the shore they have to find a way to save the scarecrow and get back to the yellow sidewalk and that is where I stopped. I think that it was a good idea for the writer to put this in the book because I think that t is good to have a few really intense parts like the one I just read. Now that i have read more I would probably give it five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 7l2 | 1/31/2014

    " a wonderful journey across the wonderful land of oz! it all starts when dorothy lands in oz after the kanzas twister "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by nooker | 1/31/2014

    " It is interesting to what gets changed for a movie from a book, which is why I never read a book before I see the movie if I have the choice. I liked the book fine, but I don't think I have enough grasp of history to follow the political commentary I've been told is there. Instead I listened to the differences between the movie and book. Two very early interesting differences are the good witch of the north marks Dorothy on her forehead for protection and the famous ruby slippers are silver in the book. I suspect these are changes that made sense for how they looked on film, plus the mark of protection only seemed to help her once in the book. The change to ruby slippers, I very strongly suspect, were for the dramatic effect on the new color tech. Silver could easily look like her feet were still in black & white. I don't think this was bad since, no matter how much Dorothy professed the comfort of silver (I'm thinking they're metal, not colored. it is Oz after all) shoes, I ain't buyin' it. The movie also dropped about the last quarter of the book that explained the fates of all her companions, which was nice, but not necessary to know. Finally (mild spoiler here) the movie made it all a dream, whereas in the book she really did travel to Oz and return from there with the power of the slippers. "

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