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Wicked Audiobook

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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Publisher's Summary

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 02-23-12
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Story good, reading bad!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leer was good, nice to be able to bring in a new character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    Dean 02-17-12
    Dean 02-17-12 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Not the musical, and not the wizard."
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Christine 02-12-12
    Christine 02-12-12 Member Since 2017

    Wife, mom, career woman who loves books!!

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    "A Hard Read"
    What was most disappointing about Gregory Maguire’s story?

    The story itself is fantastic, but the language used to tell it made it hard to keep up with and a difficult read.


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    Brenda 02-09-12
    Brenda 02-09-12

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This one of the worst I've ever attempted to listen to. It MIGHT have been a little bit better with a different reader. He had an awful monotone voice that never seemed to change. The story was very slow and not very interesting. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it Loved it! That's all."

    Detailed account of an interpretation of OZ. Wonderful, touching. Elphaba made me want to be a better person.

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    Jenn San Francisco, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Jenn San Francisco, CA, United States 02-06-12

    sfjenn

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    "Wickedly performed"
    What did you like best about Wicked? What did you like least?

    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.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He was great - all the characters were very well done.


    Could you see Wicked being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-01-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Mind Numbing"
    What disappointed you about Wicked?

    It was boring. I listened to the first seven hours, hoping it was going to get better. What a waste.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but one of this guys books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McDonough?

    Someone who can act.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 01-29-12
    Paul United States 01-29-12
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    "Lost Between a Great Idea and Smut"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    leighda 01-28-12
    leighda 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "A whole new look at the wicked witch."

    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..

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    owens WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 01-06-12
    owens WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 01-06-12
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    "Wicked Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    The narrator-plot and pace of the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Green Witch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prince and the witch as lovers in her loft, he awakes to see her body naked for the first time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The witch kills her teacher


    Any additional comments?

    Wicked is just plain fun, I enjoyed the pace, characters, plot and imagination of the insane OZ thing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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