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A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3 | [Gregory Maguire]

A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.
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Publisher's Summary

In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive?

Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.

©2008 Gregory Maguire; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michael Huntington, WV, USA 01-14-10
    Michael Huntington, WV, USA 01-14-10
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    "Gregory and John Together Again"

    I have to agree with the outstanding reviews of the novel. For those who didn't receive closure in this book, it's very important to understand that not everything has closure and that's what I appreciate about Gregory Maguire's Wicked novels. They always leave me wanting more of the story (which for me seems like a very smart thing to do from an author's stand point).

    This book is from another viewpoint of a character from Baum's original creation of characters. He opens another world for us as insight on a more feasible less childlike version of the original with "real" problems and "real" characters.

    Further, I love that John McDonough is narrating this 3rd installment. He narrated the Wicked and it was fantastic. Son of a Witch was narrated by Gregory Maguire himself, and while I think this was a great novelty, I much prefer the development that McDonough has put into the characters.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love for Wicked or it's predecessors.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 11-14-08
    Russell 11-14-08 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Fantastic"

    This is the third book in the "Wicked Cycle" series by Gregory Maguire, and it is fantastic. The story is entertaining and the narrator (also narrated Wicked) does an excellent job.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-05-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-05-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "A very BIG story..."

    It's funny, but for such simply told stories (in many ways) ...the depth of detail accumulates very quietly. The story is BIG and it is ushered forwards from a different characters perspective in each book in the series. It's not simply a re-visiting of the neighborhood of a previously told story... it's a forwarding of a much bigger story. And before I knew it, ...the story had acquired a LOT of very rich details along the way. It's Elpheba's story, and Leer's too, and Ozma's ...and the Cumberland Witch's, ...and... Yackel, and Brrrrr.... , and.... Nor, ...and ...Shell, ...and... (Note: since this is all "audible" ...I really don't know how to spell these names correctly <lol>).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margot Silverton, CO, United States 10-23-09
    Margot Silverton, CO, United States 10-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "very touching"

    Can't quite relate to the bad reviews. I was very touched by this story. I want to scratch him under the chin. I've read WICKED and this one and like this one just fine. The lion is endearing, pitiable, likable, sympathetic and finally heroic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MaryD Hausman 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this continuation of Wicked!"

    Great story & narration-- but PLEASE -- NO MUSIC!!!! It's so distracting it really messes up the flow of the story. It is unnecessary and even disturbing. The story is great, well written, typical McGuire brilliance, nuance and humor. Narrator very very good! The music interspersed is the only downside to this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 12-01-08
    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 12-01-08 Member Since 2008

    What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.

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    "One of Gregory's Best"

    Gregory returns to his best form with this book. I enjoyed this book as much as the original volume Wicked. The characters are vivid, fully formed, and deep. The prose is some of his best. A must listen/read.

    The production of the book was only OK though. There are a few music interludes in the book of about 15 seconds each. I never did figure out why they were there and what they represented. There were several instances where the story broke off to start a new thread, these transitions were often abrupt and it was unclear that a scene transition occured. Other than that the story was well read and told. I just felt the editing of the story was a bit haphazard.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Liza 02-05-09
    Liza 02-05-09
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    "Disappointed"

    OOOoh this book was so disappointing to me. I know it is about the "Cowardly Lion" but my god this thing is whiney and depressing. ALL the charecters in this book are completely self-absorbed and "whoa is me". It doesnt do "Wicked" justice at all.

    My advice, skip this one - you wont learn anything new about Elphaba or Glinda and it doesnt continue the story from "Son of a Witch" except to give a brief overview of what happened in that book and supposition at the VERY end of the book. BLAH what a waste of time

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Cinquemani 06-29-14
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    "One of the Best Narrator's Ever"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Brrr and Yakal because they were so real and irreverent and genuine.


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's almost like watching a play or movie listening to John McDonough. Superb timing, such enthusiasm, conveys the exact tone and personality of each character. I was so sorry when when this book ended. I felt like I'd lost some old friends.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I won't say because it gives away a big piece of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book and Wicked were just excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This was the best one for me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Lion Among Men to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print, but love the voice characterizations and wouldnt be able to read this now with out those coming into the mix.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I love how the political flavor hits, but I like the simple twists. You can see it coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love old mother yackley and how her and the lion would banter, my favorite would have been at the beginning when she comes out and they all had thought her dead.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Dragon Clock!


    Any additional comments?

    I have not read the 4th book yet but I enjoyed the Lion character the best thus far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken United States 10-08-12
    Ken United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The weakest of the four"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Lion Among Men to be better than the print version?

    ?, Never read the print version


    Would you recommend A Lion Among Men to your friends? Why or why not?

    Pass this one unless you're too compulsive not to


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are top notch


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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