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When Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, are swept away from their Kansas home, they find themselves in the magical land of Oz where munchkins live, monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule. In their quest to return home they meet a cast of characters that have become much loved by families since the story was first published in 1900. Dorothy, played by Lydia West (Years and Years) joins the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion as they follow the yellow brick road to find the Wizard, played by Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady, Moulin Rouge). 

In this Audible Original drama, Oz is a real place full of real dangers, and we are introduced to new characters and perils in the journey to the Emerald City to meet the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who alone may hold the power to grant Dorothy and her new friends’ every wish.

Featuring: David Benson, Jim Broadbent, Margaret Cabourn, Stephen Critchlow, James Dryden, Alix Dunmore, Jack Lane, Jason Nwoga, Lizzie Roper, Dan Starkey and Lydia West.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Very enjoyable and thoroughly done production. a tad to long and weird british accents though

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2021

Incredible adaptation!

I have not read the book, but I've seen the movie. I honestly think I liked this adaptation better! A little cheesy and over dramatic at times, but overall, super fun! 10/10 would recommend!

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  • Gail D.
  • 18-04-2021

Great production of the beloved classic!

Great performance of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz. Kept my attention throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed. This one will get listened to again and again!

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  • R & L
  • 20-03-2021

It Is Fine

The voice acting was excellent except for the woman who played Dorothy. She was overly dramatic and her American accent sounded odd.
But the others were superb.
Also, some of the sound mixing was loud enough to make it difficult to hear to story.

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  • LD
  • 10-03-2021

Fantastic!

Incredible and engaging performances, and very tongue in cheek - laughed out loud several times. Really fun “read”!

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  • L. Greene
  • 03-03-2021

Delightful

This was a delightful telling of the story. So many people we meet on the streets.

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  • Mary Davis
  • 15-02-2021

Fantastic!

several times I giggled aloud. great cast ESPECIALLY the scarecrow! could listen again and again!

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  • Chris R.
  • 11-01-2021

butchered

this was a chop job on the original story, not even a movie butchers a story like this.

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  • Luke Worthington
  • 25-12-2020

Great Adaptation

I have actually never seen the Wizard of Oz or read the original book. But I did enjoy this adaptation of it and I am curious to know how close it was to the original. Perhaps next year I will watch the movie to compare.

The acting for this audiobook was pretty good. A tad childish at times but still overall very good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-2020

Great program!

I had no idea this audiobook would be so good when I picked it to listen.

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  • Alex
  • 19-10-2020

I really don’t like the sound effects

Actors are good, the story is OK. But I have very strong adverse feelings with the sound effects and noises. I much prefer a narrator.

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  • MISS S LEWIS
  • 22-04-2020

I really loved this story!:)

What i disliked was that I’m only 8 and the was so much things about killing in it . What I did like was that Dorothy , scarecrow , todo, tin wood man, and loin became friends.

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  • Riverfalls
  • 17-04-2020

Best Adaptation

This book was absolutely fabulous I am a very big Baum collector I have heard very different versions of this but this is the best.

straight away you are plunged into the action of this marvellous book this script of Paul Magrs brings new life to this classic the actors chosen fit the role perfectly a wonderful book sure to become a classic version.

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  • Richard Johnston
  • 26-04-2020

An interesting and vivid adaptation

This adaptation of the great children’s classic has plenty of excitement. The performances are energetic and vivid and the sound effects are quite spectacular at times. While the storyline is broadly faithful to the original, there is a darker quality to this version. The portrayal of Dorothy in particular has an angry edge. Now this makes her character believable but certainly loses the gentleness in Baum’s novel. And generally the adaptation does not have the charm of the book. So I think this is aimed more at an older audience. In the end, this is a fine performance, an interesting take on the story, certainly worth hearing. but it does not eclipse the original work.

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  • Purple Snowdrop
  • 19-04-2020

very enjoyable

just the thing for a wet and windy weekend.

Dorothy had just a little snarck and wasn't too whiny.
A clever brainless scarecrow is always worth a listen and a tin woodsman who is a bit full of himself but usually very helpful is just about bearable as he is quite comical in a dry way.
The rest of the cast were good and I also liked the Queen of all the Mice, she was just brilliant.

Also as I haven't read this story since my children were small, which was a long time ago now, it brought back some very fond memories for me. Thank you to Audible and the cast for those moments too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-2020

the best

it was good and the story
was very very interesting when dorothy met wereid people

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  • Matt Ebbs
  • 19-04-2020

Surprisingly messed up but otherwise good

Of course, I knew the story in a general sense but I was surprised listening to the story how messed up it is! Possibly adult eyes on a children’s story- they’re all very dark when you think about it- but yeesh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2021

An enjoyable listen to such a classic

Since I was young, I've watched the movie of the Wizard of Oz and read the story. I've even watched a musical produced by my own students! Listening to a full cast this time is just another wonderful experience that didn't let me down a bit! Thanks every member for their contribution to tgis brilliant production! I'd definitely recommend it to everyone!

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  • rosalind schofield
  • 29-06-2020

a great listen

really enjoyed the wizard of Oz a great listen for all ages to listen X

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  • Claire Henry
  • 11-06-2020

Sweet

A sweet story with an even sweeter narration. Lovely all the way through. A wonderful children's classic.

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  • Simon
  • 06-06-2020

Wonderful new version of this timeless classic!

A wonderful, humorous retelling of this classic tale. A pleasure to listen to. Thoroughly recommended.

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