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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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    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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Professor Sombrero 02-28-09 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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