I was really looking forward to getting my ears on this book after I devoured Wicked. What a letdown this one was. The story was boring, the characters were unremarkable, and Gregory Maguire as narrator was almost unbearable. Don't miss Wicked, but pass on this one.
As others have stated the author's voice KILLED this book. I wish I had never made the attempt at listening to this as now the whole series is ruined for me. I tried turning off the audio after a while and went to find the print version. I kept hearing the voice. Listening to this will seriously make all of Gregory Maguire's books unreadable.
The sad part is that I know he is a decent author and puts a lot of time and thought into his books. Why did they let him read it? Whose idea was that? And who didn't have the guts to stand up and say "This project is going horribly wrong, let's scrap it and start over."?
I am not saying an author shouldn't read their work. Neil Gaiman does it all the time with great results. I am merely saying the Gregory Maguire should not read his works and that by listening to this and how the author imagined it all sounding the book will be ruined forever.
This book would have been better if Maguire did not narrate it. I would have enjoyed it better with the John McDonough.
The narration was awful. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. I was expecting something as spectacular as the narrator for his other books (Wicked and Mirror Mirror) but no, the author decided to do it himself. I almost ripped my earphones off when he tried to do the voice of Glinda. I had to give up on the audio book and read the book instead.
I labored through to the end of this book and felt like I had just wasted 14 hours of my life. The characters are depressing, pointless, and boring. I cared no more for the characters at the end of the book than I did at the beginning. I would suggest skipping this book.
Disappointing after Wicked! This book lacks the great characters or perhaps they are not given flesh. The world of Oz is also not sketched out as well as it could be, even for one who is familiar with Wicked! The way of telling the story by looking backwards makes it very hard to keep the momentum of the story going, and it seems to require considerable patience to keep going. in fact, I gave up!
I enjoyed Wicked a lot. It was original and interesting but Son of a Witch was so utterly boring I couldn't find myself interested in what happened to the main character. I can't even remember his name. Let me say the narration was utterly painful as well.
I listen to audiobooks all the time. When I'm gaming, when I'm knitting when i'm cleaning and I've NEVER had an issue keeping my mind on the story. With Son of a Witch though all the characters felt the same. I found myself actually blocking out the narration and then i'd come back and go, "what happened?"
I'm not even sure I want to listen to the rest of the series ... In fact I'm pretty sure i'll skip them and POSSIBLY read them instead of listening to the audiobook.
Wicked was excellent which attracted me to this book. Unfortunately, this book doesn't stand up well. The story is "ok" but the author should definitely stick to writing and not voice narratives. The is by far one of the worst narrated audio books I've listened too.
I would give this audio book negative stars if it were an option. The story is not the problem; it's the author’s decision to read the book that makes for a horrible experience. I would not recommend this book to anyone.