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 was expecting a story something along the lines of an Oz fairy tale. Instead, this book was long, boring and just seemed to wander around without a point. It is an adult story, not for the kids. Really heavy handed with half-formed philisophical babble that didn't seem to have much to do with the story. Some of the characters seemed to have a reason to be in the book, but many of them were shallow and didn't have much to do with the plot. I kept waiting for something to happen, trying to figure out when things were going to pick up, but they never did. I can't believe this book was so popular.
I'd heard a lot about how great this book is, so I desided to get it. It was boring from the start. I can't even bring myself to finish it. Interesting concept but badly done.
I knew I would never get to see the play and I liked the premise of the "wicked witch who was really just misunderstood," but this book never delivered on my expectations. It is wierd and made me feel like I wasn't following the story. It felt like the same characters were being reintroduced in many different (unrelated) story lines without feeling like any of the stories revealed their arc or reached a conclusion. I love science fiction and am not squemish about sexual content. I didn't like this book because it wasn't well told, not because the content offended me. Don't waste your money. I'm sorry I wasted mine. I would give it zero stars if I could.
I was totally disappointed with the depravity and sexual deviant story line of this book.
I have only gotten through a couple chapters of this book and cannot go any further. Oz was not like this.
Don't waist your money
The narrator, John McDonough, did a wonderful job of capturing Oz and its inhabitants.
I enjoyed the curious and enigmatic nature of Elphaba, the main character, and the fact that even though elements of the story are familiar, they are also surprising and new in this story.
Nanny. Hands down.
I absolutely could not get in to this weird hobbit-ish story. I had to stop with the bizarre puppet sex show.
This story was suprisingly disturbing and disgusting! It needs a warning for language and for the graphic sex. A great WASTE OF MONEY!!!
A fantastic retelling of the life of Elpheba the wicked witch of the west in Baum's world of Oz. Detailed and rich this is evocative and draws you in instantly. A great reading too.
I found this audiobook really hard going and it turned into more of a chore than a pleasure, i found that the story was really hard to keep track off at places moving to quickly and at others dragging out. Overall I didn't really enjoy this book and wouldn't recommend it.
"A nice twist"
I love anything that gives a new twist to an established classic and Wicked didn't dissapoint. It's just unfortunate that it is keeping company with the Musical Version which to my mind was it's better is terms of characterisation, plot and twists. It just didn't seem as neat and clever as the musical but well worth a read!!
I've always loved the book Wicked, and listening to it as an audiobook was a new experience entirely. I would recommend this to a friend as it really makes the story come alive.
I don't think you can really compare Wicked to anything - it's a reworking of The Wizard of Oz, making a child's story into an adult novel.
The narrators pacing was very good, and he got the humor of the book well - be prepared for a few snorts of laughter when listening! There were lots of characters who's voices he managed to make individual and memorable, so you can recognise them.
The ending of course is memorable, and with the narrators pacing he manages to make it moving.
I had already read Wicked before listening to the audiobook, and I would definatly recommend it! It really brings the book to life.
This book starts off quite weird and you have to keep ploughing through, until you get to the good part. Im not sure I would have pursued it if i hadnt have seen the play and knew the story line. - its a prequel to the wizard of oz. That in itself was enough to keep me listening. How the wicked witch became wicked
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