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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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Lydia West and Jim Broadbent discuss the recording of Oz
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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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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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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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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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the best

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

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a great listen

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

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Sweet

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

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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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  • 15-02-21

Fantastic!

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

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  • Chris R.
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-20

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
  • 30-11-20

Great program!

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

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  • Alex
  • 19-10-20

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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  • Psychdoc
  • 07-10-20

Didn’t Realize This Was a Play

Maybe I didn’t read the description because I’m already familiar with this book, but this was like a radio play or something rather than an audio book. I was really disappointed in it. I got about halfway through.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

Different, but not bad.

the voice actors and the overall story was good. though this does differ from the original story a bit.

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  • EllaSi
  • 04-10-20

Wonderful production with full cast

I have never read the original story or seen the musical, so I knew very little about it before listening to this production. When I saw it in the section for free audible books, I couldn’t resist downloading it and let me tell you, it was a very good decision.
I love productions with full casts, but it is not always easy to find a good one. This one was a gem and the voice actors did a wonderful job. It’s so well directed that one gets the feeling of being right there with the characters and living all their adventures with them.

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  • Kiara Martinez
  • 26-09-20

Nostalgia

This is nostalgic for me. It was one of the first books I’ve ever read. Listening to it was amazing. The voices chosen by audible were on point. I loved it.

The story is basically what we all know by heart. A girl from Kansas that was swept to Oz by a tornado. But there were things I didn’t remember from the book that were mixed with the movie’s data, like the fact that her shoes aren’t red.

Thank you audible for reviving this childhood memory.