I think the story was ok, but the author decided to narrate. Gregory can write but he cannot narrate. The characters were flat. The other issue is if you listen to the first book and the life that was given to the characters you cant listen to this one without being overly confused and disappointed.
The most was the idea of the son picking up the mantel even after being shunned by his mother. The least was the fact he was so driven to find the girl in the begging that its hard to swallow that shuts off through the middle of the book and all of sudden pops back on at the end.
He made the characters that we had come to love in the first book sound and feel completely different and in some cases they felt almost like he was just reading to read.
The under city and his lust to find the girl in the begging. I don't think that it drives the story.
Story was ok, narrator kills it though.
Gregory Maguire has created the world within the original story of Oz. Wonderfully detailed descriptions which creates a very long story. Although some of the unnecessary details could have been cut and still have the same outcome to be shorter version. I would recommend Out of Oz to my friends, but this is not a book you can listen to all in one sitting!
The narrative by Gregory Maguire brings the passion, excitement and details to the story which he intended while writing the story that you cannot get from reading alone.
The Oz serioes by Gregory Maguire would make a great TV series simiar to the recent amazing Once Upon a Time series.
engaging, loved it, recommed it
Wicked because it is an OZ book and because it diverges in a facinating unique way from the traditional story.
Speech was clear, the voices of the characters were identifiable when there. Emphasis and cadence were great.
The Story of Oz! A new perspective!
I purchased this one before reading the reviews. I saw that the writer had narrated the story so I assumed it would be a good listen. I was horribly wrong! The narration was the worst I have ever experienced. I couldn't even finish it. If you haven't already read the book and are interested in the story, then skip the audio book and just read it yourself. You will be much happier if you do. Maguire is a great author but a terrible narrator.
I really enjoyed listening to Maguire tell the tale of Liir and how he came to the place he was in. The story had incredible descriptions and I really liked Gregory Maguire's voice of different characters....Shell and Sister Apothecary were a couple of favorites of mine. The book takes us to what life is in the land of Oz. I found it most captivating how we learn more of the Lion, Tin Woodman and Scarecrow as well as how other characters develop and emerge onto the scene. Everything blends beautifully and takes you on a journey in your imagination that will have you wanting to listen to the entire book all at one sitting! I realize the many negative narration reviews might be a deterrent for some, however whether you get the audio or paper version, it is a book that I would recommend for Wicked lovers. Give it a try and go into the story with an open mind.
Go away Gregory Maguire. You aren't a narrator
He was so dead in the voice. I would have gotten through it quicker except for the fact that Maguire was so horrible
It had promise, but unfortunately this book was bad nearly from the beginning. The lead character spends the entire book in self pity and there is no closure for 90% of the story. It's nothing like Wicked.
I found myself not really liking the character at times and wishing he'd make some decisions... but that's kinda the point. He's lost, in the same way that many of the main characters in this series ...are. And, this is his, the Son Of A Witch's, story.
I liked it.
I really liked the story of it. When I am caught up in a story, the narration takes a backseat for me. I loved Wicked, and although not as good, this book continues the story well. I still have an unanswered question though. hmm, on to book 3.
I agree that the narration could have been better, but at no point was I ripping out my earphones. This is a story that should be listened to while you are not doing anything else. I found if I was engaged in an activity, I would lose track because the story is quite involved and intricate. If you have read Wicked, this book is a must.