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)
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
I bought this book because everyone I talked with raved about it. It seemed like a story that I would enjoy. I rarely give up on a book but I just couldn't bring myself to finish this one. I can't tell if it was the narrator or just that the story didn't seem to move. I never got past the kindergarten years.
I've read this book many times before and it was a pleasure hearing it read aloud to me. I heard many details that I had missed in earlier readings.
If the book were more like the musical and not so dirty!
Yes, I thought the narration was good.
I couldn't even get half way through it because it was so dirty and crude.
while I did enjoy reading about the evolution of the witch and what drove her to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course her end was a foregone conclusion, I can't help but feel that this was a shaggy dog story with no resolution from the reader's point of view. I kept hoping for a payoff after the rich development of the characters in new and interesting ways. but in the end it was just an abrupt end with no real payoff, I gave it 4 stars because the story was so well thought out and read, but it lost the final star due to the ending. perhaps it will take reading the other three books to bring things into focus but I find myself with very little interested in pursuing more.
I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.
Wicked takes a child’s fantasy and turns into an adult’s fairy tale. You want everything to be simple and have a guaranteed happy ending, but reality keeps a sensible mature grown up from believing in such naivety. Wicked tells the story of the Wicked Witch in the way it probably would have really happened. Things are never as simple as they might seem. The narrator of this story brings the characters to life in a way that makes a daytime soap opera seem like a child’s favorite Saturday morning cartoon.
I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. It's a little long and muddled with the politics of the fictional Oz. It was also way more "adult" than I was expecting, which I could have done without. But if you can get past that, it certainly has interesting parts, and it's fun to try to figure out how characters and events relate to the story we know and love.
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