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About the Author

L[yman] Frank Baum, born in Chittenango, New York, in 1856, tried his hand at numerous professions but didn't discover until the age of forty that his true talent lay in writing of fantastic tales. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first of the fourteen full-length Oz novels, is his most famous work, but he is also known for his many other fantasies and pseudonymous books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Baum Press (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DEWEY M. VINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
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Jerry Robbins and his Radio Players have adapted several of L. Frank Baum's original "Oz" stories in full-cast dramatizations. "Ozma Of Oz", the third book in the series, is one of the very best; in terms of both Baum's story and Robbins' dramatic presentation. I especially like how the CD begins with L. Frank Baum's preface; in which he relates how his "dear readers" begged him to write another Oz story, and even offered plot suggestions.
Our adventurous heroine Dorothy is on a ship bound for Australia with her Uncle Henry. She is tossed overboard during a storm at sea, but manages to save herself by grabbing on to a chicken coop and using it as a raft. Dorothy arrives safely at the outskirts of the Land Of Oz, where she meets a talking chicken named Billina and a mechanical man named Tik-Tok. After escaping the horrible Wheelers and a frightening Princess who wants to add Dorothy's head to her collection of human heads (this tempermental Princess wears different heads on different days!), Dorothy is reunited with her old friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. She also meets Ozma, the new ruler of Oz. Much of the action takes place in the neighboring Kingdom Of Ev. The Oz characters set out to rescue the Royal Family of Ev from the Gnome King. The devious Gnome King has transformed the Royal Family of Ev into collectable ornaments, and he plans to do the same to our beloved characters from Oz.
Baum's story is especially exciting and the cast of actors is excellent. This dramatization, presented on 2 CDS with a Total running time of 1 hour and 47 minutes, is highly recommended for all fans of Oz.
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As if reading Baum's stories of the adventures in the magical land of Oz weren't amazing enough, Jerry Robbin's Colonial Radio Theatre manages to bring each book to life and make them as equally incredible as the novel their based on.

Ozma of Oz, the third installment, finds our Kansas heroine Dorothy on a steamship headed to Australia with her Uncle Henry when a violent storm throws her overboard and inside a chicken coop for shelter. The next morning she awakens to find a talking hen named Billina (her name was really Bill, but Dorothy thought it was too masculine so she changed it) with her and once ashore finds out they're not in Oz, but another fairy country called Ev. The pair discover a new friend Tik-Tok, a mechanical man whose thought, action, and speech are operated by three separate windings on his round copper body, as well as new foes the freakish Wheelers (men with wheels instead of hands and feet) and the vain Princess Langwidere who spends her days in her castle swapping and admiring her vast collection of heads. After being rescued by Princess Ozma and some old friends (including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion)as well as a few new (The Hungry Tiger who longs to eat a fat baby, but can't bring himself to do so because of his conscience), they join the royal expedition to the underground kingdom of the wicked Nome King, who has imprisoned the Queen of Ev and her ten children. Will they conquer the Metal Monarch or all become prisoners themselves?

The cast does a wonderful job with their characters. The actress voicing Dorothy doesn't try to imitate Judy Garland and delivers a performance that's a bit scared at times but still headstrong and determined to do what's right.
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OZMA is not my favorite of the Baum OZ books, however I really loved this radio version. I have the original issue that came out on cassette years ago, and it's easy to see how this series won a Parents Choice Award. The actors sound great and you can really picture them in your mind (the squeaks on the Tinman are fantastic, and you can hear the straw of the Scarecrow). The Knome King is not as scary as I thought he should be, but after a while I think that the "cunning" voice is better than something scary. The girl playing Dorothy is wonderful! At last, someone playing Dorothy and not trying to sound like Judy Garland. The scene where the Princess changes her heads can be frightening for little ones, but OZ needs to have its dark side to make it work (Flying Monkeys anyone?). The music score is marvelous and really sweeps you into the magic. Wonderful and highly recommended.
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A few years back I remember reading in the Boston Globe an article that listed the 10 best audios for the year, and this Oz seeries by the Colonial Radio Theatre made that list. Since reading about them, I have managed to buy all of their OZ titles, and i must admit that they truly are top shelf. If you like radio shows with great acting, sound effects and lush music scores, you will love these. I give them 5 stars and two thumbs up!
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