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.
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"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)
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.
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.
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(
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
I was really looking forward to getting my ears on this book after I devoured Wicked. What a letdown this one was. The story was boring, the characters were unremarkable, and Gregory Maguire as narrator was almost unbearable. Don't miss Wicked, but pass on this one.
"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.
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