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Son of a Witch | [Gregory Maguire]

Son of a Witch

Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.
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Publisher's Summary

Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape, but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?

For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire's Oz, Son of a Witch is the rich reward they have awaited so long.

Listen to an interview with author Gregory Maguire.

©2005 Gregory Maguire; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Masterfully imaginative....Ten years after Wicked (which is still on Broadway), fans will once again be clicking their heels with wonderment." (Publishers Weekly)
"A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil." (Library Journal)

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    Vernette Winnetka, CA, USA 11-05-05
    Vernette Winnetka, CA, USA 11-05-05 Member Since 2001
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    "A good writer does not a good reader make"

    The underlying story was good - although it lacked much of the creativity of Wicked - spending a inordinate amount of text belaboring the same issues, sometimes verbatim, rather than letting the storytelling bring the points to life for the author. The most unfortuante aspect of this Audiobook was reader's (author's) inadequate character voices and tendency to emphasize the wrong place in sentences. It frequently made it difficult to follow the story, and I'm still not sure I followed it.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Memphis, TN, USA 07-30-08
    Kathleen Memphis, TN, USA 07-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A veritable trainwreck of narration"

    Like others, I kept waiting for the story to get better. It didn't. Like others, I kept waiting for the narrating to improve. It didn't.

    Okay, to be honest, I made it to where Liir gets into Southstairs and just couldn't listen any more. At first I thought, how nice to hear the author's interpretation of the characters. That lasted about two minutes. (And I'm being generous here.) Maguire would have done much better not to even try to do character voices than the inconsistent and intolerably annoying voices he used. Like Shell's vaguely southern accent. Ugh.

    I think that John McDonough did a stupendous job on Wicked and I might actually have been able to listen to the whole story if he had been narrating this somewhat weak sequel. If you're really interested in the story, read the book.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 12-07-05
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 12-07-05
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    "only desperate fans will cheer for this"

    Ugh, what hell did this come out of? It was TERRIBLE> I loved Wicked, but the curse of the best selling sequel strikes again. Plus...the....narrator/author....pauses...between....each....phrase....just...like...he...was....
    reading...it...for...the...first...time.Which is ironic since he produced it! I know where the reader is from! He is the one on cell phone error messages.."error number w24. The caller you are trying to reach has travelled outside the service area". Hire a professional!. Not even clever, Wicked packed a whallop, that is a kick in the butt for thinking it would be half as good as the first. Yeah there was a lot going on but this was like a merry-go-round....everything in circle and no real resolution.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme San Diego, CA, USA 12-05-05
    Guilherme San Diego, CA, USA 12-05-05
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    "good writer. narrator? yeah, not such much..."

    i agree with an earlier review: although i loved wicked, and am enjoying son of a witch so far, the author does not make a good narrator at all. i don't know how to explain it exactly, but his narration voice makes it sound like he is reading the book to a 5 year-old. things only get worse when he tries to go into character and change his voice to match some of the characters' genders, ages, and accents -- it's just downright annoying. this audiobook is taking me twice as long to go through than usual, because every time i think about listening to it, i have second thoughts when i remember how distracting the narrations is. too bad. :o(

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Arlington, TX, United States 08-14-08
    Timothy Arlington, TX, United States 08-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't do the Audio"

    As a bookseller I listen to books so I can pass information on to my customers. After listening to this one I will recommend the book to the customer, but have told them not to waste their money on buying the audio version. It was all I could do to eekk through this one. The story was good, but I hope the author never again tries to narrate another one of his books.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Milan, MI, USA 05-29-06
    Roger Milan, MI, USA 05-29-06
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    "Read it yourself"

    The story itself wasn't horrible, but the narration was unbearable.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-22-08
    Norma Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-22-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Sounds like a cold read...ugh."

    When I started listening to this audio with my husband, I was disappointed that the narrator of Wicked was not used. I thought that maybe they couldn't get him or something. I didn't realize it was the author reading until coming back to Audible. The reading is so horrible..it sounds like a cold read by someone unfamiliar with the book. He pauses and emphasizes words as if he can't pronounce them correctly. I hope he doesn't try to do it again.Stick to writing and leave narrating to the professionals

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris West Linn, OR, USA 12-14-07
    Chris West Linn, OR, USA 12-14-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Obscured by narration"

    I wish they spent the extra money and got the narrator of Wicked.
    But alas... :(
    I think the reading of this work is a labor to listen through.
    Interesting though... having the author read his own book gives me a insight on the way he thinks it is supposed to go. Applying that insight to Wicked makes that work much less appealing.
    Hurray for John McDonough (Wicked narrator).
    Please, on the 3rd book use John.. Please!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-27-06
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-27-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Terriable Reader"

    I read "Wicked" over the holiday and was excited to listen to "Son of a Witch." The story isn't as strong but enjoyable...however the intrepretation by the author is absolutely awful! Many of the characters' voices were flat with pauses between...each...word. Think of the worst audition on American Idol and you have some idea of the 13+ hours of agony that must be endured to get through this book. Buy the book and read it yourself, you will enjoy it more. I am begging the publisher never let's Mr. McQuire read another long novel again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike USA 10-02-05
    Mike USA 10-02-05
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    "Sequel to Wicked"

    When I first picked this up, I didn't realize it was the sequel to Wicked. It has been a long time afterall since Wicked. Very enjoyable listen start to finish, and one I would recommend.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "Let Down By The Ending"

    I enjoyed this all the way and became very involved in the characters which is why I felt especially cheated when the novel ended abruptly, leaving many questions unanswered and the fate of almost everyone hanging.
    I even checked to see if I'd forgotten to download a part but no that seemed to be it.
    An intruguing listen but ultimately unsatisfying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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