He's a good writer, but let's consider the length of the book. He doesn't tell stories. He tells what "may have" happened. It's irritating! This whole thing could have been 1/4 the length. Character development is irritatingly slow.
This final story of the series is more like the first in that the story moves right along. It also has more ties to the story we know from the Wizard of Oz movie. If you read the first three, then don't skip this one.
Out of Oz ranks with the rest of the Wicked series as like #5.
When Rayne is really revealed in all of her green glory as Elphaba's Grand-daughter.
When Rayne figures out that magic is just magic, but love and life are far greater!
Out of Oz...where do the possibilities end?
Mr. McDonough is the most execptional narrator! I love hearing his voice lend it's talent to such a wonderful work.
This one turned out better than I could have hoped. I particularly enjoyed the mixture of the mystical, ominous prose that the Wicked series is known for with a large amount of humor. Glinda and Dorothy, in particular, are always good for a chuckle, even a belly laugh or two.
It's very important to note here that John McDonough is a NATIONAL TREASURE, who brings this material to life in a way that few could, in my estimation. It remains a minor tragedy that he wasn't engaged to narrate Son of a Witch.