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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: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400178902
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/27/2014

    " This is such a delightful story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/19/2014

    " Makes for a great read aloud, students could make comparisons to the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/17/2014

    " Rather interesting read after having grown up with the movie, which is quite different in many aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 1/17/2014

    " What can I say that hasn't been told about this. It is a great fantasy book, amazing world and amazing characters and definitely one I'll be reading my children for sure. If you're maybe older that 15 and want to give it a try remember that it's for kids, even though it's a timeless story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky B | 1/16/2014

    " I haven't read this in over 20 years, so I figured it was time to refresh myself on how the original is different from the movie (like no ruby slippers, just silver ones). It was a quick and easy read (surprisingly so, I didn't remember that some of this reads a little like a Dick and Jane reader). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tony | 1/15/2014

    " This book gave no more information than the DSM IV on NPD. I was expecting a dissection of the story 'The Wizard of Oz' as it relates to narcissists / narcissism and the only connection were the chapter titles. It was a wasted read for me and I think there are far better books available on the subject than this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/12/2014

    " If I could give this 10 stars, I would. Phenomenal book!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steele | 1/12/2014

    " What a great book, I didn't remember reading it as a child "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiana | 1/11/2014

    " Very helpful book for anyone who has a relationship with someone with narcissistic personality disorder. Enlightening and informative, and quite useful in helping me to understand how the mind of someone with this disorder works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/10/2014

    " Terrific book! Really helped me in dealing with narcissistic people in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 1/7/2014

    " Read this so many times in grade school. Loved the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Burney | 1/6/2014

    " Great book. I wrote a series of articles compare the book to the movie version. I think I liked the book better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 12/25/2013

    " A really great book with some amazing insights on how to deal with Narcissistic people in your life. It has helped me start my journey to healing and helped hidden things come to light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 12/14/2013

    " A book to read, and re-read...and keep handy like a dictionary for reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis Gleason | 11/27/2013

    " this is a good children's story and I was surprised how different it was from the movie but I guess that's usually what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/19/2013

    " I was amazed at how accessible the language was in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayne Myers | 11/16/2013

    " It's well worth the read, though flawed in some ways for me. I would appreciate more consistent terminology and actual definitions of terms used. It seems that many of the terms are reused throughout the book to mean different things, so it can be a little laborious at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/4/2013

    " I so relate to this book! I am a child of a Narcissist. I feel like the author is telling my story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H.E. | 10/24/2013

    " Excellent, referred to me by my attorney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Templeton's Fury | 10/17/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♡ Kristina | 8/21/2013

    " It's so different than the movie but I LOVED it! I can't wait to read the rest of the Oz series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Hardesty | 8/1/2013

    " This is the classic tale of Dorothy and Toto who get blown into the magical land of Oz and all the adventures it entails. This is a story that everybody will love with great characters and a great moral at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaci | 7/7/2013

    " Could be titled "When Self-Esteem Goes Bad..." Recommend for anyone living with a narcissist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Varinka Franco williams | 4/2/2013

    " Helpful book to understand the way people with Narcissistic Character Disorder think about themselves and others. A must read if dealing with a family member with Narcissist disorder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Gail | 3/8/2013

    " Valuable insight - a must read for anyone with an NPD partner. Not enough info out there on this topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden Pastor | 2/6/2013

    " A must read for anyone dealing with these issues and practitioners alike! Informative, helpful, but most important, validating! I'm so thankful to have read this!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/25/2013

    " A very clear and easy-to-understand book about narcissism and its impact on family members and loved ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leorah | 12/26/2012

    " I can't believe that I didn't read these books when I was a child. I really enjoyed the first of the fifteen book series. Hollywood really played around with the plot line... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Richardson | 11/13/2012

    " Fun to read in light of the coming film "Oz the Great and Powerful." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mor Ventura | 11/12/2012

    " I think it is the first-long-book i have ever read (when i was in third grade). I don't remember specific details about the book but I remember I liked it a lot and was proud I read such a "long" book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/14/2012

    " Had never read this until now! A lovely book for young children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/22/2012

    " The first of many wonderful books in a series that has not lost its relevance and power even though it is over a hundred years old. Wonderful entertainment for children of all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy | 5/26/2012

    " Some surprising differences between the book and the movie. Pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Mccuiston | 5/24/2012

    " Outstanding, already given to another friend dealing with a NPD husband. Learn how to recognize the patterns and set your boundaries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 5/21/2012

    " Why did they change so many things in the movie? Why didn't the Wicked series address any of these? The flying monkeys could have been quite interesting in Wicked. Also, what the fuck at the Kalidahs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 4/22/2012

    " Once you read this, you start to identify how narcissism is a disease that is killing our world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Beall | 4/18/2012

    " This book offers practical techniques for dealing with narcissists in all areas of life. I've recommended it to many clients. One client said that reading it completely changed her life, because it helped her to finally understand her husband (a narcissist) and her marriage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 3/22/2012

    " Some interesting content, but not the best written non-fiction book out there on the topic of narcissism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 2/10/2012

    " Glad I read it, but not a lasting favorite. Click here for my full review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Whyte | 12/26/2011

    " This is one of the very few books where the film is actually better. I like the Oz series a lot, and the other books are much better than the films, but if you've seen the adaptation with Judy G, then you may be disappointed by the Real Thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/20/2011

    " This was a book that was part of a reading program several years ago at the library. It was good to go back and read the classic, however, I wanted to break out in song every few chapters, and couldn't figure out why this book didn't come with a sound track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 10/15/2011

    " Very good/clear overview of narcissists in the family, relationships, and workplace. Direct and to the point, but very comprehensive. Easy to read with good tips/lists and chapter summaries. Perhaps the best book on NPD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Smith | 10/12/2011

    " Quite good. I did not know there would be so many differences from the movie. Will definitely read some more of the Oz books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/28/2011

    " Informative book for those struggling with narcissistic relationships. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexander | 5/23/2011

    " yeah, the movie was infinatley better
    any of the thousands of movie adaptations.
    but the musical still rains supreme! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 5/22/2011

    " I loved it! Different then the movie, which was fun. Quick and easy read. I'm reading another one by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarrett | 5/18/2011

    " Read with Franny in May, 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/18/2011

    " I know I read this when I was a kid, but I don't have any memory of it. Had fun reading it again. This is so different from the 1939 movie version. I actually like this better. Since there are 14 Oz books, I may have to read them all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 5/16/2011

    " Read this during an internet outage - was a very quick and easy (but engaging) read. I now feel like I have the story of Oz from all perspectives...haha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " a little slow, but otherwise ok "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.t. | 5/13/2011

    " A old classic, but a newbie everytime I chose to read over and over again. Fantastic Author!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/13/2011

    " I felt I should read this after two books I recently read referenced this story. I think the book moves a lot more quickly through scenes, whereas the movie develops fewer details. Both are great in their own way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titus | 5/12/2011

    " Never before and never since has anyone tried this hard to get to Kansas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 5/10/2011

    " Wonderful read. It was different enough from the classic movie that I still didn't know how it would go. It was a lovely, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/10/2011

    " Slightly more entertaining that the movie. What made them change the color of the shoes and the witches? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/9/2011

    " great book, anybody that loves fantasy will read this book with JOY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/9/2011

    " I read this as a child. It was one of my very favorite books and it has influenced me in many ways. I can't wait to read it with my daughter! "

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About the Author
Author L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919), born in Chittenango, New York, was a journalist, dramatist, and writer best known for his fantasies about the land of Oz, the first being The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The success of this book led to his writing thirteen sequels. He wrote about sixty books in all, mostly for children.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Burns is a published narrator of children’s books and books for young adult. Her published credits include Pollyanna, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous other classic titles.