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Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4 | [Gregory Maguire]

Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.
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Publisher's Summary

The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times best-selling series the Wicked Years

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom - and her legacy - in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the best-selling series that began with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

Return to Oz: listen to another title in the Wicked Years series.
Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Gregory Maguire (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 01-18-15
    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Witty, fun and loads of
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    Loved every minute; the narrator and storyline will not disapoint .
    Nanny's character brings smiles

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    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14
    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "way to wrap up a series"
    If you could sum up Out of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    Hows this possible?


    What other book might you compare Out of Oz to and why?

    The dark tower. You wait for years for the series you grew attached to to end. Everyone has faults by the end of it, everyone is a slight anti-hero, and you are sad to bid them all a farwell.


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    Jaimie Tampa, FL United States 05-20-13
    Jaimie Tampa, FL United States 05-20-13
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    "**Amazing, facinating, extremely detailed**"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. 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.


    Would you recommend Out of Oz to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no it is way too long to listen to in one sittnig.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Leesburg, VA, United States 01-06-13
    April Leesburg, VA, United States 01-06-13

    Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!

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    "Better as an audio than reading the book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Out of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I love McGuire's descriptive writing. Hearing the audiobook just enhanced the imagery for me.


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

    He did an excellent job of bringing to life the descriptive writing of McGuire while also giving life and voice to the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Monroe, NY, United States 11-04-12
    Susan Monroe, NY, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2009

    An avid reader living in NY.

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    "Every bit as good as the first book."

    I recommend that if you read them, you read them in order. The main characture in this book is every bit of a strong female characture as Elphaba in the first book. Its so rich in imagination. It has a great ending. Its bittersweet that it had to come to an end.

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    Zachary Gallion Madison, WI USA 10-29-12
    Zachary Gallion Madison, WI USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A must to compete the series."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Oz?

    I missed Trism, I missed the relationship between Lir and Trism, it to me, seemed like the only relationship that seemed true. Thus to have him back and to meet up with Lir was wonderful.


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

    Oz gives me a sense of pretentious regal-ness, McDonugh's accent really helps me to illustrate this.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was jaw dropping. I was left with... "That's it?" If this is truly the last book of the dark years, then there should be another, beginning with the light years or something. It ended just as it began; depressing, cold, melodramatic cliff-hanger.

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    Sherri Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-13-12
    Sherri Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Long Trip Through OZ"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Oz to be better than the print version?

    If you have limited time to read, listening can be done in the car, on breaks, or at home.


    Would you recommend Out of Oz to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. This is not the way I would have ended the Wicked Series. It was a let down. Not up to McQuires work.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    I liked how he captured the lion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reactions were limited. I did laugh at times. Funny one liners.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must for series listeners. It is also a big let down to series fans. Too bad. Perhaps the next time, the author will consider where he will end, when he begins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Secane, PA, United States 07-24-12
    Genevieve Secane, PA, United States 07-24-12
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    "Nice Wrap Up"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not on it's own, no. I think this is a nice wrap up to the wicked series, though I can't help but feel sad at the end, because Rain's life was so lonely and depressing, and then just when it looks like she might have a chance at happiness it gets taken away from her.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The long journeys got a little boring, and I pretty much hate Dorothy the whole time. The very VERY vague allusion that Elphaba returned was the most interesting thing to me.

    I mostly listened to this book because I had read the 3 previous books.


    What three words best describe John McDonough’s voice?

    Grizzly by comparison to the people.


    Did Out of Oz inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katey Jayne MARION, IN, United States 06-20-12
    Katey Jayne MARION, IN, United States 06-20-12 Listener Since 2010

    Just a little autistic zombie girl.

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    "Another trip through the Wicked Years"
    Would you listen to Out of Oz again? Why?

    I would listen to Out of Oz again. The reader is very entertaining. I enjoyed his voice and loved following this story to it's next level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    These stories are well written and follow all the past story lines up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the scenes with the tick tock clock and Dorothy's court room scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't find it difficult to listen to this in hour long chunks while I was traveling for work. It's very complex, though and could be difficult to follow in several chunks if you don't have a good memory for the story. I did have to go back a little sometimes after I had put it down for a few days in between listens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oregon, WI, United States 03-10-12
    Michael Oregon, WI, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ramble on!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure I could find someone who would enjoy this rambling mess.


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Maguire’s story?

    I'm not really sure there was a story here. I listened to it, and when done, I just don't rurally understand what the story was suppose to be anyway. The first book was awesome, but the next three have gotten progressively worse. I continued listening to this book in hopes that it would be redeeming at some point, but alas I was sadly disappointed.


    Have you listened to any of John McDonough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performance is fine, it was the story that was just awful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book sparked disappointment and confusion as to what exactly the story was.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this book. In the end, it is just a rambling mess of nothing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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