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During this June’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Random House Audio, in partnership with OverDrive, Inc. and First Book, recorded a “community sourced” audiobook of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In a recording studio set up inside OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile, 301 amateur narrators voiced Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow one paragraph at a time.

All of the narrators did a great job—most nailed it in one take and wanted to read more (except for our very own David Eicke, whom I understand needed several takes)!  The resulting recording is full of fantastic voices, from Lillian Imhoff, the youngest participant at age 6, to Rebecca Stead, this year’s Newbery Medal winner (for When You Reach Me).

Download the audio HERE.

We're Off to Hear the Wizard!

Category: Musings

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