Performer John McDonough’s send up of L. Frank Baum’s classic, The Wizard of Oz is as timeless as the story itself. In his husky fireside baritone, McDonough personifies Baum’s colorful cast: wicked witches, downtrodden munchkins, and of course, Dorothy’s lovable gang of misfits. Young listeners will delight in the Scarecrow, in search of a brain, the Tin Woodman, without a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, seeking bravery. Unlike her three companions, however, Dorothy is unable to find help from the wizard in the Emerald City. Dorothy learns that only through the power of self-belief may she reach her goals. McDonough adopts what he calls a "musical point of view", imbuing his characters with an enduring quality that listener’s will want to revisit.
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"Oz - where the young stay young, and the old grow young forever." (Ray Bradbury)
"Narrator Flo Gibson has a fine command of nuance and phrasing." (School Library Journal)
This audiobook is read by John McDonoughn NOT Flo Gibson! This, however, was a pleasant surprise as McDonough is one of the best narrators of audiobooks around. His many voices and his reading of the story are pleasing to the ear. It feels as if your grandfather is reading it to you and is as much into the story as YOU are! I would highly recommend this version, especially if you are listening with a boy.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
Wonderful to hear the Wizard of Oz narrated by this beautiful grandfatherly voice. We will listen again and again.
Love, Pen Name
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Gibson is a great narrator and brings much life to the story. I found the book to be interesting, but fairly repetative and drawn out. It would be a good book for a child as young as 6 or 7.
As an adult, I enjoyed it too.
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