Elphaba is born with green skin, a precocious mind, and a talent for magic. An outcast throughout her childhood in Munchkinland, she finally begins to feel as though she fits in when she enters the University in the Emerald City. While she hones her skills, she discovers that Oz isn't the Utopia it seems. She sets out to protect its unwanted creatures, becoming known as the Wicked Witch along the way.
Narrator John McDonough draws you in to Maguire's magical world of witches and talking animals, making it possible to believe in a land somewhere over the rainbow.
©1995 Gregory Maguire; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
"A staggering feat of wordcraft." (Los Angeles Times)
"McDonough's excellent portrayals of Elphaba's outspoken, gravel-voiced nanny, Glinda's snobbish friends, and the wide-eyed, soft-spoken Dorothy make this excursion to Oz worthwhile." (Publishers Weekly)
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Leer was good, nice to be able to bring in a new character.
You couldn't tell the end of a chapter, the way it was broken up left me wondering if my iphone had shut off! Also, the performance seemed to have it's timing off, excited in parts that should have been morose, and just overall leaving it choppy.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Not sure I would like a movie version, but the musical I would like to see, as everyone who I have spoken to about the broadway version say that performance is much brighter.
Just finished this modern take on a classic tale...not sure I was too thrilled with it. From what I hear of the broadway show...this is not what I expected.
Wife, mom, career woman who loves books!!
The story itself is fantastic, but the language used to tell it made it hard to keep up with and a difficult read.
Detailed account of an interpretation of OZ. Wonderful, touching. Elphaba made me want to be a better person.
The voice actor was fantastic - he did a great job with all the different characters. I thought that the story didn't hold together very well - it could have used some editing - like the weird gratuitous sex club scene, what the heck was that about? The story started off really well - and just lost steam. I'm not interested in reading the follow-on stories.
He was great - all the characters were very well done.
It was boring. I listened to the first seven hours, hoping it was going to get better. What a waste.
Anything but one of this guys books.
Someone who can act.
I bought this book with high hopes. I really wanted to enjoy it. At first I did! The birth narrative was humorous and exciting. Shortly after, however, the book fell apart. My main problem with this book is that is was not well written. The characters were shallow and unlikable. The plot was rushed and barely comprehensible at times. I was expecting a book which explored the depths of the characters of Glinda, Elphaba, etc. What I got instead was a writer who couldn't decide if he wanted to write a trashy romance novel or a semi-interesting action book. What he eventually turned out is a book which only teases to get better, but only gets worse with each sentence.
I listened to it because I wanted to love it. Now, I would never recommend it to anyone unless you are really interested in an ankle deep approach to the land of Oz.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
Our writer really dove into the characters in the story we all know and love. Great imagination was necessary to present the witch to us in this form. To give the reader a look into who she was and where she came from,,and why.
When I was a child I would watch the movie and be afraid of her, now I will see it in a whole new light. If your in love with "Wizard of OZ " then you may not want to taint that. This story will. For me it was in a good way. Some die hard fans may feel like the story has taken out the magic in the movie.
All in all. A good read..
The narrator-plot and pace of the story
The Green Witch
The prince and the witch as lovers in her loft, he awakes to see her body naked for the first time.
The witch kills her teacher
Wicked is just plain fun, I enjoyed the pace, characters, plot and imagination of the insane OZ thing
Many are complaining that this isn't the same character from the Wizard of Oz they know. That the overall story is too
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