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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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    Katherine 06-19-11
    Katherine 06-19-11
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    "Good but not Great"

    I enjoyed the first section very much, towards the middle of the second the story got be a bit draggy. By the third I had kept playing the selection, but not really listening. I can't bring my self to listen to the end with Dorothy. I grew attached to Alfaba (sp) and didn't want to see her die, she's not the villian any longer.

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    mary 06-11-11
    mary 06-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "disappointed"

    What a great idea for a book! The premise of this story could have been developed into a timeless tale; however, I was very disappointed that the author followed the mistaken theory that lewdness is necessary to captivate the readers attention. Five stars for the premise - zero for the manner in which it was developed in this book.

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    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
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    "pretty cool book"

    i loved the story, i didn't love some of the authors political ramblings, i think he was trying to give the book more meaning and tie it in to the real world by going on and on at times about the politics of "OZ" the discrimination between humans and animals who have human like intelligence and the governments secret quest to control everything completely, it could have been touched upon and had a better effect but instead he drug it into the ground, i listen to it all and found that you could just fast forward through the ramblings and it would have zero effect on the overall story which supports my feeling that the author made a mistake in dedicating so many pages to political rambling on.
    anyway,despite that i truly did enjoy the book and would definitely recommend it,it is overall a good book.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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