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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Jon Koons / JestMaster Productions, Inc. (P)2015-2016 Jon Koons / JestMaster Productions, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By arjaylewis on 07-27-17

Unique and Entertaining Audio version

Where does The Wonderful Wizard of OZ - Unabridged and Dramatized - Legacy Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love it when an audio includes unexpected extras, sound effects, music, and everything to make it a full production instead of a mere reading. This version does so and perfectly. It truly is the WONDERFUL Wizard of Oz

What did you like best about this story?

It is amazing how much more there is to the story than one recalls. Probably the influence of the movie, but there is so much about Dorothy's adventure in Oz that you can only get from the full book.

Which scene was your favorite?

In the throne room with the "Great and Powerful" Oz. Amazing

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I spaced it out over several days, to make it last longer.

Any additional comments?

Truly great performance by Jon Koons, and his astounding plethora of voices. He must have done at least twenty! He is truly a gifted voice-actor and singer.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carole Bugge on 06-12-17

A Timeless Classic Re-Imagined

Format: Audible Audio Edition

Frank Baum's classic fantasy novel receives a shiny new rendering with Jon Koons' elaborately produced audio recording, complete with sound effects, music scoring and solid performances by Koons himself, with Dannielle Manente as Dorothy. Koons shows great range and skill in his handling of so many diverse characters, and his narration is solid and likable. The sound effects and music are a plus for the most part, though at times the mixing is such that they interfere with the text. Being more familiar with the classic film than Baum's original, I was intrigued to see how many plot twists had been added for the movie, which I found to be improvements upon Baum's original. Two examples ares the death of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Dorothy's running away from home - in the film, it is the reason she doesn't make it to the storm cellar in time to escape the tornado, a nifty bit of plot causation and character delineation absent from the book. Hopefully generations of listeners will enjoy this version in addition to the timeless film classic.

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