L. Frank Baum's beloved classic comes to life as never before in this unabridged and fully dramatized production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Read by noted actor, storyteller, and author Jon Koons, this tour de force performance includes riveting drama, fun and fancy, plus a plethora of over 50 whimsical and often familiar voices for all Baum's characters - along with Dorothy, charmingly voiced by talented actress, Danielle Manente. The performances are enhanced with an incredible, lush soundscape of music and effects. This is the ultimate OZ - an epic presentation of the "modern fairy tale" masterpiece that Baum imagined.
Delightful new legacy edition bonus tracks include:
"If I Only Had A Brain", from the MGM film, sung by Jon Koons;
Two exciting stories from Jon's audio story collection: "Young Arthur" and "The Magic Sword";
Everyone Knows Oz - observations on Oz;
An entertaining and informative discussion with Jon and Danielle.
"If I Only Had a Brain" arranged and performed by Mikki Ryan Koons.
Sound effects and music by Joe Bevilacqua.
Produced by JestMaster Audio, a JestMaster Productions, Inc., company.
Box design by Striking Images. Make-up Designs by Jon Koons. Pictured: Danielle Manente, Jon Koons.
Jon Koons - storyteller/actor/author - has written everything from genre fiction, to magic instruction books, to theatrical scripts. His writings appear as books and audiobooks, as well as in anthologies, magazines, and periodicals. Jon has appeared as an actor and singer on and off Broadway, in feature films, on television and in commercials. He is also a multi-talented variety performer who performs all over the world.
Danielle Manente - Dorothy - is an actress who has appeared on stage, in films, and on television. She is a member of the JestMaster troupe, and has narrated various audiobooks for JestMaster Audio.
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Excellent and Unique Production!
This is an excellent production of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is a faithful rendition of the entire text, plus it includes appropriate sound effects and music. It is unique, as it is both unabridged AND dramatized, which is something rarely if ever done. It is one of the most distinctive audiobook productions I have heard.
It is impossible to choose a "most memorable moment," as the entire production stands out. I did especially like Chapter 11, in which Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion individually meet a different incarnation of the Wizard, each with it's own character and voice.
The performances by Jon Koons and Danielle Manente are wonderful. Danielle is delightful as Dorothy, and Jon not only narrates well, but all of his many and varied character voices are quite impressive and well chosen.
The film is already a classic and a favorite, but this audiobook version, including every word of Baum's original story, is like listening to a five hour movie soundtrack.
A few fun extras are included, but the devoted Ozophile will be more than content with the recorded novel itself. I highly recommend this album as a charming entertainment for both adults and children.