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Wicked Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    Erica Magna, UT, United States 02-17-11
    Erica Magna, UT, United States 02-17-11
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm a rabid Oz fan that loved the series as a child and was interested to learn more about the Wicked Witch of the West. Her backstory is okay at first, and there are a few good parts, but Elphaba does not end up being the same witch found in The Wizard of Oz. Her story does not neatly tie into the fairy tale, and she acts in rather uncharacteristic ways...so, it was a disappointment. The political commentary also doesn't seem to fit the world that Baum created, especially when compared to the series as a whole. John McDonough is boring. He isn't the worst I've heard, but I found myself falling asleep to his readings so often that I would have to listen to another book after about an hour at work just to stay awake. He only has like three different voices, and I had a hard time keeping what character was talking straight at times. This book is also a lot more adult than Baum's series, so there are some graphic descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brianne 02-17-11
    Brianne 02-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Demolition D'bree of the Red Bank Roller Vixens

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    "Choose wisely"

    Great story, but definitely preview before you buy....I really don't care to listen to this narrator for too long

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    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10
    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    I wasn't really sold on reading it but thought I'd give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised. The author really went into detail with the character, there could've been more here and there but overall it was good. There were a couple of murky parts but I think that is what the author intentioned.

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    Emmanuel SICKLERVILLE, NJ, United States 11-14-10
    Emmanuel SICKLERVILLE, NJ, United States 11-14-10
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    "Great novel, narration not so hot.."

    The content of the novel itself is very good no matter how twisted and disgusting some of the events and characters were. It's an intriguing take on the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West and brings vivid life to the world of OZ that seemed so silly and unbelievable prior to this book. My only gripe is that the narration at times was very distracting and distinguishing between characters at the beginning was a chore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 10-23-10
    Kaui 10-23-10 Member Since 2015

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "The book is better than the play"

    I absolutely enjoyed every page of (or second of listening to) this book. As a child, I read every single book in L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz series, and I enjoyed the parallel reality created by Gregory Maguire. He talks about Tik Tok, Osma and other Oz beings, creating a wonderful alternative explanation for all that I enjoyed as a child. What a great way to enjoy Oz again as an adult!

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    Juliet Johnson Lindale, TX, United States 09-25-10
    Juliet Johnson Lindale, TX, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2001

    "Chilly"

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    "Ding dong - the wicked witch had a bad childhood!"

    The book was very good. It was a unique view of the story of Oz. The ending left me wanting more. (there are two more books) My only real complaint is that it seems to say the was only bad because everyone picked on her and she was an outsider. I think she liked being the odd one.

    I wish you could half star as I would give it 3.4 stars. (I round down not up hence 3 Stars)

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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-19-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-19-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "An interesting take on the story."

    Plausible and interesting. A completely different take on an old story and in a not too unbelievable sort of way.

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    Robert Lincoln University, PA, USA 10-04-09
    Robert Lincoln University, PA, USA 10-04-09
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    "Wicked is wonderful"

    This is a great book with some of the best narration I have heard on an audio book.

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    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-05-09
    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Weird"

    Okay, I have not seen the musical but can only conclude that a lot must have been omitted or changed to achieve a broadway hit. This book is just sort of weird and a little boring. I was more or less relieved when it was done.

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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't Get Into It"

    My sister saw the play and loved it. So I was excited to get this in audiobook. And though it had lots of promise, I haven't been able to finish it. It is just too crass and painfully slow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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