Ozma of Oz is the third oz book. When a storm blows Dorothy to the land of Ev, where lunches grow on trees, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Princess Ozma, and together they set out to free the Queen of Ev and her 10 children. The story features a wicked nome king who has enchanted the queen and her children.
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Great Story, Mediocre Reader
I would recommend an audiobook for Ozma of Oz quite willingly. However, I would recommend using a version of the book from another reader.
Ozma of Oz has always been one of my favorites of the myriad Oz books. Since I rarely have time to read actual books myself anymore, due to other demands on my time, audiobooks are a frequent source of entertainment while I work at my computer, but I prefer books with a better performance whenever possible.
I went as far as The Emerald City of Oz, all narrated by Ron Knowles, before I finally decided I couldn't take his narration any further. Why am I giving such a harsh commentary on Mr. Knowles? Because an audiobook is more than just a dry read of a story. It is also meant to be a performance, and Knowles's performance of different characters is lukewarm at best, giving female characters rather annoying voices that seem to be spoken through his nose.
Dorothy and her Oz friends' New Journey into Danger
The second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz and this book, Ozma of Oz, were both gutted by Disney into something of a mishmash story called "Return to Oz" in 1986. Although acceptable, I strongly prefer the two books in their original form, and would urge anyone who likes the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz to give these two books a listen or a read as well.
- Cam T.