It is such a different twist on an old favorite. However, this is REALLY not the same Oz that I grew up amazed by...
I had to come away with a whole new respest for the "Wicked Witch." She was fabulous and I finally understand what made her so scary.
John McDonough really brought the characters off the page and made them alive. He was marvelous! I love the choice of a male voice for this book.
If you know nothing about this book, but you know The Wizard of Oz (movie) by heart, you will be floored... I have to go back and read the original book.
I loved the concept -- felt the sex was unneeded. Otherwise -- brilliant book!
I was halfway through this and gave up. Didn't care for the characters, story or narrator. The fantasy world couldn't hold my interest.
I like the concept of this book. I loved the narration. It just didn't feel fleshed out enough for me. I found parts of the story verging on incomprehensible and I am not sure that they needed to be. A little more detail here or there would have been very helpful. No backstory or explanation exists for some things that clearly need explanation. This is hard to swallow as this is nothing but a backstory to another story.
I wanted to love this book, but in the end I found it to be drudgery.
I had read the book years ago and just now listened to the audio version -- I missed so much the first time! It's worth a re-listen!
maybe, but not with the same narrator
Voice quality, slowness of presentation, dry delivery.
I have not been able to listen to more than the first third of the book and will probably not try to go any further.
Gregory Maguire did a suburb job in creating a pre-qual to the Wizard of Oz that spawned a whole series of books. This book goes through the life of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West). It poses a great question: was Elphaba born wicked or turned wicked? Anyone whose read the 'Wizard of Oz' knows that the movie is WAY off the mark as far as the story goes. Here the author tries to stick with that story line with elements from the book mixed into it. This book will make you take a look at your own preconceptions and hopefully make you re-evaluate them. This book can be a stand alone or you can read the whole series. I would recommend reading this one and 'Son of Witch' because with all series it starts to decline from there until it flops.
This reader is one of my favorites! He keeps the characters straight and defined. The story material is excellent and explains how everything came to be in the Wizard of Oz. Loved the concept.
This book is sad, depressing, disgusting, and violent. The author cheats by bringing in legions of characters, and when he cannot figure out what to do with them, he either kills them off or dismisses them. The book wanders around with no developed or coherent story line. And then, the witch dies. End of story.
No, but it has turned me off from this author.
The speaker had too many characters to try and differentiate.
Very negative reactions. Apparently the author feels that life is random and futile. A waste of my time and money.
Conflicts kept being developed between the characters and then dropped, which was frustrating. Halfway through I just wanted it to be over, but I felt the same way about Lord of the Rings, so if epic fantasy was what the author was going for I guess they succeeded.