Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury, Nancy Curran Willis

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Narrated By: a full cast

Duration: 1 hour and 55 minutes

What to expect

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.


Fiction: general and literary, Classic fiction, Fantasy, Historical fiction

Listen to a sample

“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.”

Ray Bradbury (audio review)

“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.”

Phil Nichols, Bradbury scholar (audio review)

“YAs will relate to Doug’s love of movies, his first crush, and his desire for a brand-new pair of trendy sneakers from the local shop…hauntingly powerful.” 


“[A] tender, openly affectionate story of a young man’s voyage of discovery…Those who wish to experience the unique magic of early Bradbury as a prose stylist should find Dandelion Wine most refreshing.”