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
I really enjoyed not only the actually story of this book, but the reader as well. It has a nice flow and the word play is fantastic. If you're into something witty but still nipping at the heels of humor, you've got it in this book.
Sir Brrr and Yakal because they were so real and irreverent and genuine.
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.
Yes, but I won't say because it gives away a big piece of the story.
This book and Wicked were just excellent.
Never read the print, but love the voice characterizations and wouldnt be able to read this now with out those coming into the mix.
I love how the political flavor hits, but I like the simple twists. You can see it coming.
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.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Dragon Clock!
I have not read the 4th book yet but I enjoyed the Lion character the best thus far.
?, Never read the print version
Pass this one unless you're too compulsive not to
The voices are top notch
I love the Gregory Maguire Wicked series. It is great to see a story told from a point of view where no one is a hero or really a villain, other then the Wizard.
Grad student that likes to escape the doldrums of academics with a good audiobook.
I think I'm done with Gregory Maguire books and this narrator sucks.
No, I like fantasy books.
Yes, the guy sounds so theatrical I had a hard time listening to it for longer than 15 minutes at a time.
An avid reader living in NY.
I think that this book is every bit as good as the first book in the series "Wicked"...the detail and storytelling were long in some parts, but then it started to come together, and you understood how the charactures were beginning to fit together. The Lion, the hero of this story was every bit as distinctive as Elphaba. All I can say is "wow." Can't wait to read the end of the story. The narration was excellent, story imaginative and unpredictable, and well worth the time spent.
After coming off of an excellent story line it seemed that the author found it hard to find his way to the second part of the story. It is still interesting, although to me, not quite as engaging. Although that could have had something to do with switching readers. It is never a good idea to do this in a series, but most especially not to the author! They write a great story, but usually always are crappy readers. I am getting ready to start the 3rd book in the series and am hoping it will be better again, as it is back to the original reader.
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