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About the Performer

Lydia West is currently filming the new Apple show Tailspin, playing the role of ‘Monique’. She has recently wrapped on filming Russell T Davies’ Channel 4 series The Boys. Recent credits include the Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat BBC 1/Netflix series Dracula and the critically acclaimed Russell T Davies’ drama Years and Years playing one of the leading roles of ‘Bethany’ for BBC/HBO. Other credits include the feature film Higher Grounds.

About the Performer

Jim Broadbent trained at LAMDA before embarking on a long and very successful career. He is an award-winning actor having won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his portrayal of John Bayley in the film Iris. He also won a Bafta TV Award and Golden Globe for his role of Lord Longford in the made-for-TV film Lord Longford. Jim has appeared in numerous film and television productions. His theatre work began with productions for the National Theatre of Brent and he has since appeared in productions for both The Royal Court and the Royal National Theatre.

Summary

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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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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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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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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the best

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

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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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Great music

Having only ever seen the film, I was interested to give this a go to see how much the film differed from the book and I'm glad I did. Suitable for adults or kids, this was a really enjoyable listen – well performed, and, refreshingly, it had great original music.

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outstanding production

Easily the best audible book I've listened to with my kids. they loved it from start to finish. the production quality is amazing. congrats to all involved

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Beautiful!

Amazingly done! We listened to it in the car snd every time we had to wait in the car park for a few extra minutes because my children did not want to stop! Thoroughly recommended

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Great and powerful

I was such a fan of the movie that it did not occur to me that it could be done so well via audio. A stellar cast including Lydia West (who was a stand out) and Jim Broadbent bring it home.

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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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  • 24-04-21

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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  • 11-01-21

butchered

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

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  • 23-09-21

Classic but odd story; fairly good adaptation

slightly bothered by the sing-song quality and over emphaticness of Dorothy's voice. also some scenes have weirdly long stretches of sound effects (like when the woodman is killing wolves). besides those things I enjoyed listening to it and I think it represents the book well

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  • 30-11-20

Great program!

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

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  • 10-09-21

Worth it!

This was a very fun adventure. It’s short and worth the listen. My only complaint is the voice actor for Dorothy, her accent was weird and changed constantly - like she couldn’t get into the rhythm of the character.

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  • Braydn
  • 03-09-21

Delightful!

This light hearted full cast dramatization of the classic story is amazing for all ages!

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  • Robert M.
  • 06-08-21

Pleasure to listen to

This was a very pleasant experience from my point of view. It was different but enjoyable

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  • Doc Johnnie
  • 24-07-21

Awful

Whereas the story isles undoubtedly a classic, to my mind, this full cast dramatization is just dry, unenthusiastic and unengaging, which is an opportunity lost.

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  • 19-07-21

Fun listen

Really enjoyed this adaptation, fun twist on an old classic. Look forward to hearing more like it

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  • Christy Wickline
  • 13-06-21

Delightful.

This was so much fun to listen to. I would recommend this to anyone. Fun for a road trip with kids or any adult who is a Wizard of Oz fan.