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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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    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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    alison 05-03-09
    alison 05-03-09

    "Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"

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    "Wow pretty good..."

    I was surprised. I knew about the book for years and also was aware of the musical --haven't seen the musical yet, but the story is pretty good. The audio is excellent and the story line is creative and entertaining. It's a good purchase and even a better credit worthy choice.

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    Phillip kenosha, WI, USA 03-22-09
    Phillip kenosha, WI, USA 03-22-09
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    "Fantanstic!"

    Excellent and an induldgent read. Loved every minute of it!

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    Tina Leland, MI, USA 03-13-09
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    "Identifying with the Wicked Witch of the West"

    I'm in love with her! I see so much of me in her. I've still about 20 minutes until the end of the book, and even though I know how the story ends according to the movie, I'm hoping for a surprise twist wherein the Witch comes out victorious!

    This book had me hooked from go.

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    "Way too long"

    It a look a little while to get into the style of the book and then it was quite good for a while. It is WAY too long, though and I never did finish it. It started to move too slowly.

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    Andre 02-19-09
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    "Delightful audiobook"

    This is the perfect sort of tale for an audiobook! I was sad when it ended. The characters, setting, and writing are all inventive and engaging. Perfect for a long trip with friends and family -- who doesn't love The Wizard of Oz?

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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice spin on this classic.."

    I found this "grown-up" tale of the Wizard Of Oz characters very engrossing.Now I can't wait to see the play!

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    Mary Port Pirie, Australia 11-23-08
    Mary Port Pirie, Australia 11-23-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Wicked"

    Thanks for this great first of a three part book download. The narrator has a great variety of voices and tells the story well.

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    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 11-08-08
    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 11-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I hung in there"

    I resisted reading this because The Wizard of Oz holds such a sacred place in my heart. I am glad I read it but it was hard to hang on to... really, really hard.

    I refused to give up but there were some moments that I wondered what I was doing. I kept losing interest and having to rewind to revisit what happened.

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    Russell 11-07-08
    Russell 11-07-08 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "One of my new favorites"

    Gregory Maguire writes a fasinating story that is so captivating, I couldn't stop listening or thinking about this great sour fairy tale that we all know so well.
    I was skeptical when I made this purchase, but I am so glad I did.
    The narrator does a fantastic job!
    I totally recommend this book.

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