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Corrie

Emeryville, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1953)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Biggest waste of time, no joke"
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    I really don't get all the stellar reviews on this book. I mean if you take a look at the good ones, they either fairly vague on what is "good" about the story or look more like a synopsis. I was interested due to the popularity of the musical and how this was suppose to be another point of view of the story, but I couldn't help but continually get bored and sometimes disgusted. I never cared about the characters, not even Elphaba (and most of them were extraordinarily annoying) probably because I couldn't relate to anybody. I constantly felt like I was some bystander being thrust around to just be left behind scratching my head or my thoughts wondering off. I just thought it strange for the author to create this world of what I picture to be like our 1800s where there is formality and old-fashioned ways to also go into rather gross detail of all the sexual encounters (not even arousing either - just trash so don't get excited) including beastiality that were just pointless to the story - so not for kids AT ALL. So much of what happened was either not explained and just seemed to happen with the author, I guess, assuming that we could immediately understand his version of the culture of Oz, just a lot of implied occurrences and confusion. So I didn't think it was well written at all. But if anything, this would take the cake on being way too long, I just couldn't finish it and I don't think I ever will. Plus it got old with the authors pretentious rant on politics and religion. Rather than the story being a soapbox for the author, maybe he should have spent more time making sure the story was actually interesting and made sense. Don't waste your money or credit.

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