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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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    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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    Russell 03-05-12
    Russell 03-05-12 Member Since 2008

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

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    "a bit too long"

    I loved the other books in the Wicked series, however this one felt out of place and a bit too long. At times it felt a bit too wordy and descriptive.
    But I stuck it out since I wanted to know how the story ended. The ending was lack luster and ultimately I could have done without this installment.
    If you really want to know how the Wicked series ends read it. However its not really exciting.

    The narration itself was great though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-25-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2014

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Tied up in typical Maguire fashion!"
    If you could sum up Out of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    War Rain Peace


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bringing together of all the characters from the four books for a satisfying conclusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bringing Liir back from the dead.


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

    Would have loved to, but too long to do it! However, I did stay up quite late on the last night. Had to see how it ended!


    Any additional comments?

    The author wants his readers to draw their own conclusions, like always. At first I was unsure of the ending, but thinking it over now I love it. (The last sentence in the book is eerily similar to the first sentence in Wicked).

    Readers should look for sly references to the musical, Judy Garland, The Wiz and of course the previous books. There are also some fun asides to Gone With The Wind which was also produced in 1939.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 01-21-12
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Perfect Fairy Tale"

    After part three I began listening in shorter segments as I did not want the book to end and I knew it would not be finished in a tidy manner. It was not as life is not. One of the reviewers said that Elphaba's fate was known at the last page. I did not catch it at any rate and that adds to my sense of frustration. Gregory Maguire's writing is so tart and he catches the characters to my liking at any rate. By book Four many of them are my friends and I care for their well being. The narrator is perfection. I hope the untied strings means Gregory Maguire will come back add a few more books. Please do not let this be the last one in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-29-11
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "It all ends here or does it"
    What did you love best about Out of Oz?

    They keep you guessing all the way to the end if Elphaba is alive or dead. The one person who knows the truth won't tell you until the last page.


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

    The Tin Man where it's a similar story line in that the leaders are removed and decades later they come back.


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

    I would liked to have seen Rain trained by the time we saw her instead of where she was. I thought they would have her ready to war with Uncle, not just beginning to learn. I would liked to have had the story with Liir leading a resistance instead of doing what he did.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read all the rest of the series then you need to read this one. Not a bad closure to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-21-11
    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Just plain Odd and anticlamatic."
    What did you like best about Out of Oz? What did you like least?

    I have enjoyed all the other books in the


    Which character ??? as performed by John McDonough ??? was your favorite?

    He is good at all of them


    Was Out of Oz worth the listening time?

    It was better to listen to than read, at least the reader is entertaining.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christine SHERWOOD, OR, United States 12-19-11
    Christine SHERWOOD, OR, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Out of Oz?

    The narrator's voice was extremely annoying! I kept thinking that the story was going to pick up, I got about half way through, and gave up. It wasn't going anywhere.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    troy Canada 12-19-11
    troy Canada 12-19-11 Member Since 2013

    I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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    "an ending that mostly everyone could live with"

    If you have read the other 3 books in the series, this one should be read as well. Wicked and Son of a Witch were the best of the series. The Lion Among Men was a low point for me and I almost didn't want to read this. But this book begins to recapture the magic that was ignited in the first of the series.

    I did really enjoy the tour of San Francisco with the aunt and uncle, worrying and fretting over Dorothy's mental health and marriage prospects. Dorothy's trip to the chinese restaurant was a lot of fun. I could have read an entire book of just her perspective on the 'real' world after having survived her trip to Oz.

    I enjoyed the starts of all the characters in the book, when their turns were wrapped up and the view point shifted I was always just a little sad because I wasn't ready to move on yet.

    The aspect of the story I didn't really enjoy was that the story didn't seam to have any place to go. The massive pending war that was over shadowing everything, didn't seem like that real of a threat. I felt that most of the characters seemed to need anti-depressants and a good therapist session, and all the major tension would have been resolved.

    There seemed to be a lack of respect between characters that did not sit well with me. They didn't seem to want to be together, nothing except the threat of death was keeping them together, and if Leer just treated his time with Trisim with respect and honesty way back in Son of a Witch the world of Oz would have been such a better place.

    The narrator was great. John McDonough gave each character their own voice and they felt unique and sounded completely different in my mind's ear.

    I am glad that I listened to the story and that characters got an ending that they could mostly live with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 11-15-11
    Dean 11-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    I was amazed to see this book out this month. I caught it just a few days after it was released. I am in awe of Mr. Maguires writing. The depth and intensity of the language he uses and invents is simply amazing to hear. Mr. McDonough's narration is so extraordinary, it's as if he was born to read these pages and bring them to life. The whole series has been a joy to listen to. There is so much to these stories and this book, it's hard to sum up in a few sentences. You simply have to listen and believe.
    Thank you so much for taking a simple guideline and making it so enjoyable without hurting the original story of "The Wizard of Oz".
    You are a true Master of Words.
    Thank you very much for all your books and this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BioMom Falls Church, VA 11-29-11
    BioMom Falls Church, VA 11-29-11
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    "Each book is worse than the last"

    I could not finish this book. I tried for weeks, but it's just too slow. Wicked was great but each book is slower and more tortured than the last.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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