Dandelion Wine: Colonial Theatre on the Air Dramatization

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Winner of the Gold Ogle Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Audio Production

Ray Bradbury's endearing, lyrical tale of boyhood and an idyllic Midwestern summer is presented here as a full-cast audio dramatization by The Colonial Theatre on the Air, complete with sound effects and a brilliant music score.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole world that lies beyond. For Douglas, summer ...

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Overview

Winner of the Gold Ogle Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Audio Production

Ray Bradbury's endearing, lyrical tale of boyhood and an idyllic Midwestern summer is presented here as a full-cast audio dramatization by The Colonial Theatre on the Air, complete with sound effects and a brilliant music score.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole world that lies beyond. For Douglas, summer is a pair of new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley bell on a hazy afternoon. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals that hold time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.

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What People Are Saying

Phil Nichols
I applaud Colonial Radio Theater for opting to produce from Bradbury's play…[and] for the full-on audio production, which makes this one of the most lively and energetic Bradbury productions for many years…The audio production is extravagant, and benefits from some strong performances and an extensive musical score…Dandelion Wine sounds something like a film soundtrack, with multiple layers of voice, effects, ambience and music."—Phil Nichols, Bradbury scholar
Ray Bradbury
I've just played for the second time your production of Dandelion Wine and it's fabulous. I'm so very proud of it…This production is simply incredible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786165827
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs, 114 minutes
  • Pages: 2
  • Sales rank: 1,013,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 4.94 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Bradbury

The author of more than thirty books, Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time. Among his best-known works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and the cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2000, Mr. Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Among his most recent books are the novel From the Dust Returned—selected as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles TimesThe Cat's Pajamas, a new story collection, and Bradbury Speaks, a collection of essays on the past, the future, and everything in between. Mr. Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.

Biography

Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than 500 published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.

Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books -- The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes -- are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.

Ray Bradbury's work has been included in several Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along."

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Bradbury, he shared some fascinating facts with us:

"I spent three years standing on a street corner, selling newspapers, making ten dollars a week. I did that job every day for three hours and the rest of the time I wrote because I was in love with writing. The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

"I have been inspired by libraries and the magic they contain and the people that they represent."

"I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them -- one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
      Ray Bradbury
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Long, But Interesting

    very long but at some points were suspensful, imanginitive, and very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    BRADBURY RETURNS TO RADIO THEATER!

    This is an incredible production. Ray Bradbury wrote a theatrical script for his book 'Dandelion Wine,' and now he has turned that into an audio drama. This is a riveting production, and it really has a 'Twilight Zone' feel to it at times (especially in the second CD). But dont get me wrong - it still had the charm and feel of the original novel. The music is outstanding, and the opening scene where we see 'Green Town' for the very first time is presented in a medley of music with vintage cars, trolley's, people - just very elaborate and thrilling. The actors are great, and the three boys who play the leads carry the action and are very engaging. There are hundreds of sound effects that make this feel like a movie. Without question, Dandelion Wine is one of the very best Bradbury audio presentations ever created.

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