Okay, back to the actual book. It was wonderful, just like I remembered it from reading the book as a young child. Dorothy and the other characters felt very real to me even though their adventures were as fanciful as can be. While I was listening to it today, it didn't even cross my mind that it was abnormal for animals and scarecrows to talk. One thing that made the story hard to listen to: the nararators pronounced things differently. Someone would say Dorothy like Dorothy, the next person would call her Darthy and then she would be Dorthy. My familiarity with the book made this not such a big deal, but I would definently not recommend this version for 1st time readers. I think that this book has held up so well is because the childish spirit doesn't change from year to year and this book really touches the child inside.