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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Jon Koons, Danielle Manente, Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg Publisher: Waterlogg Productions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Oz Novels Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9781504668408
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L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic comes to life as never before in this unabridged production of The Wizard of Oz. Read by veteran actor, storyteller, and author Jon Koons, this tour de force performance includes riveting drama, fun and fancy, plus a plethora of whimsical and often familiar voices for all forty-three characters that appear in the book, along with Dorothy, charmingly voiced by actress Danielle Manente. The performances are enhanced with a lush soundscape of music and effects by audio wizard Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev), and the vocal support of him and Lorie Kellogg.

This Oz is an epic presentation of the “modern fairy tale” masterpiece that Baum imagined.

Bonus tracks include “If I Only Had a Brain” from the MGM film, sung by Jon Koons; and a discussion with Jon and Danielle.

Additional credits:

“If I Only Had a Brain” arranged and performed by Mikki Ryan Koons on Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, and Piccolo. Sung by Jon Koons.

Danielle Manente as Dorothy

Jon Koons as Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion

Cover art and photography by Striking Images

Make-up designs by Jon Koons

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you ever talk to anyone who has written, you’ll always find a childhood in which, somewhere along the line, there’s a Wizard of Oz.”

    William Styron, author of Sophie’s Choice

  • The Wizard of Oz made a writer of me.”

    Salman Rushdie

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About the Author
Author L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919), born in Chittenango, New York, was a journalist, dramatist, and writer best known for his fantasies about the land of Oz, the first being The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The success of this book led to his writing thirteen sequels. He wrote about sixty books in all, mostly for children.

About the Narrators

Jon Koons has been dubbed “Renaissance Man” by the media. Having been on stage since the age of nine, he has appeared as an actor and singer on Broadway, off Broadway, and in summer and regional theaters. He has also been seen in feature films, on television, and in commercials. Awarded the title “NYC’s Plum Craziest Performer,” Koons does virtually every variety skill, including magic, ventriloquism, stilt walking, fire eating, juggling, mime, and more. As a director and production stage manager he has worked with numerous prestigious theater and opera companies. A published author of both fiction and nonfiction, Koons’ popular children’s books include A Confused Hanukkah and Arthur and Guen: A Tale of Young Camelot. A Confused Hanukkah is currently being developed as an animated feature. Jon is a regular contributor and associate editor for Weird Tales magazine. He owns and operates JestMaster Productions, Inc., an entertainment and theatrical production company, as well as the unique JestMaster’s Foolery Shoppe online catalog.

Danielle Manente is a recent graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. As a JestMaster troupe member, her roles have featured Minnie on Cockeyed Radio: Sherlock Meets Abbott and Costello, Jingle the Elf, and others. Danielle has appeared in productions including Central Park West as Juliet, and Time Stands Still, as Mandy; as well as in the web series Yo Taxi!, the short film, Behind the Pen, and in the upcoming feature film, Stereotypically You.

Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.

Lorie Kellogg is a busy graphic and voice-over artist as well as a skilled improv comedian. She studied painting, printmaking, and video and film at the Kansas City Art Institute and the California Institute of the Arts.