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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

When young Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away from Kansas by a tornado, they embark on a journey of self-discovery. As Dorothy and Toto travel through enchanted lands toward the Emerald City, where they will seek the aid of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, they are joined by such colorful characters as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, all the while avoiding opponents such as the Wicked Witch of the West. Ultimately, Dorothy learns to rely on herself, and that "There's no place like home."

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Wrong Narrator Listed!! Great reading!!!

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excited to see Wizard of Oz read by John McDonough

Wonderful to hear the Wizard of Oz narrated by this beautiful grandfatherly voice. We will listen again and again.

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  • David
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 04-02-10

A classic for kids and adults

This is wonderful fun, no matter how old you are.

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Good Children's Book

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.