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Johnny No Cash

A lively adventure audio story following a hamster on a quest to visit his friend. The story features a sea shanty.

Johnny No Cash Cd cover image

This was the first story where I wrote the script first and composed the music to fit the story afterwards. I wasn't sure if I would be able to make the timing work as well as I had in the previous two stories. But I have to say, the score came so naturally and perfectly in phrasing with the words. If you listen carefully to our stories, you will notice that the music is phrased with the narration and character voices, making it almost seem like songwriting rather than your standard audio book. Creating the score after the story also gives me more freedom to explore musically. We got to work with actors and musicians including the Olivier nominated actor Paul Kaye - the original Mr Wormwood in the award winning West End hit musical Matilda, who also appears in many TV and film roles.

Story Synopsis

Follow the adventure of Johnny the hamster as he stumbles over the countryside, crosses a river with pirate crows and enters The West. He encounters the villain Nancy the skunk, who tries to ruin his quest to cheer up his friend Cowboy Dan who has a cold. This story includes an original classical soundtrack and sea shanty. Accompanied by sound effects.

Story Length: 7m12s | Age: 3+

Character voices:

  • David Ryder Prangley as Johnny the hamster
  • Geffen Katz Kaye (our youngest member) as Robin
  • Paul Kaye as Captain Russell the pirate crow
  • Adie Hardy as Twee the pirate crow, Cowboy Dan and Vincent Randolf Jr
  • Anna-Christina as Nancy the skunk
David Ryder Prangley recording Johnny the hamster in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
David Ryder Prangley recording Johnny the hamster in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
David Ryder Prangley recording Johnny the hamster in our audio book Johnny No Cash image

David Ryder Prangley recording the voice of Johnny the hamster.

Actor Paul Kaye recording Captain Russell the pirate crow in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
Actor Paul Kaye recording Captain Russell the pirate crow in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
Actor Paul Kaye recording Captain Russell the pirate crow in our audio book Johnny No Cash image

Paul Kaye recording the voice of Captain Russell the pirate crow.

Geffin Katz Kaye recording Robin in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
Geffin Katz Kaye recording Robin in our audio book Johnny No Cash image
Geffin Katz Kaye recording Robin in our audio book Johnny No Cash image

Geffin Katz Kaye recording the voice of Robin with Adie and Paul.

Story Observations and Listening Tests

We add a lot of detailed observations to all of our stories and it's amazing how even very young children pick up on them. Not everything you hear is prominent in the mix of our audio books, so there are a few more subtle Sound FX in the background to listen out for. Part of my Story Time involves testing the children's listening abilities and a few times I have been very surprised when they were able to tell me they heard a bird flying in the distance or some other background sound. In Johnny No Cash we added an outro we call 'Radio Busy Bees'!

Behind The Scenes

This story was great fun to put together especially the Pirate Crows' song. Here is some of our behind the scenes video footage.

Listen to a sample of the story below

💜 Anna-Christina

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Further Reading

Story Time | Press | Kids Corner | Audiobook Heaven | Bergers Book Reviews | Destiny's Book Dig Up | Mother, Gamer, Writer | Bound4Escape

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