The story was very good. The adventure and character development was the only thing that kept me listening. It's kind of like listening to a child learn to play a musical instrument. You can tell what they are going for, but it's not there yet.
Twists and turns
Love the idea of a follow-up book. High quality story execution.
Recommend ensuring that that sound quality is level without static or volumn changes. Also, bypass the jolting musical chapter divisions. The music pushed me right out of the story. I actually thought another one of my divices was trying to connect to my car's bluetooth. It did not seem consistent with the story at all.
I read all the reviews about the writer being a poor narrator. I felt just the opposite. First off I had to read the sequel. I felt what better person to give life to his characters than the author himself. It was he that came up with the characters and he would know the way he intended the characters to sound. The story itself is not bad. I was thrilled to see a new outlook upon the Oz story. This time seen from the male point of view. I do recommend this book and the author as narrator.
I enjoyed listening to this, I thought it was an exciting story line.
My favorite character was Liir, he was the underdog and came into his own during the story.
He brings the character personality
It was difficult to get away from for sure.
I thought as the last scene unfolded as Liir held up the baby in the rain and it was green, why wasn't the water hurting it? And it confirmed that he was the son of Elfabah;
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
If or when I listen to a sequel or prequel of this series, I would most likely listen to this again. To reacquaint myself with all of this Author's many charterers.
It answers the question as to what happen to Lear, the son of the witch. In Wicked, Lear had such a sad story. His story was almost sadder than the witch's story. He was raised with no praise or love, yet he is able to care (love) so much of others and be more empathetic. This books tale is more enjoyable, because unlike the witch's, Lear over comes his past and flaws.
I think he does a great job, and he is one of the few Authors who can.
"A Tale With a Wicked Beginning"
It's incredible to me now what a difference the reader makes to a story. I'd already read this is book form years ago, but really enjoyed listening to Wicked recently. I dread looking at books 3 and 4 to see who the reader is, but I pray it's not Mr. Maguire. Excellent writers are NOT always good readers. Please don't do that again.
Terrible reader, reads as if he just started reading last week. Character voices are horrible, inconsistent, accents horrible and inconsistent. Just don't do it.
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.