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)
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.
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.
"Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"
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.
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.
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.
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?
I found this "grown-up" tale of the Wizard Of Oz characters very engrossing.Now I can't wait to see the play!
Thanks for this great first of a three part book download. The narrator has a great variety of voices and tells the story well.
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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