We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Wicked Audiobook

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Regular Price:$41.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (5904 )
5 star
 (2092)
4 star
 (1604)
3 star
 (1107)
2 star
 (609)
1 star
 (492)
Overall
3.8 (3481 )
5 star
 (1376)
4 star
 (833)
3 star
 (636)
2 star
 (336)
1 star
 (300)
Story
4.0 (3439 )
5 star
 (1542)
4 star
 (1002)
3 star
 (536)
2 star
 (191)
1 star
 (168)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Billy FOLSOM, LA, United States 09-01-11
    Billy FOLSOM, LA, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful story"

    I now want to see the show even more now.I just love this story,and the narrator was wonderful and brought it to life, I'm going listen to it again. I give this story and the narration 5 stars!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 08-28-11
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    37
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What Fun...Perfection in Narration"

    Did not want it to end; although the plot gets a bit overtly political it was an absolute joy visiting old friends from a more mature perspective. The writing was phenomenal so many GREAT lines and Maguire definitely paints a vivid picture of Oz. 100% worth every cent! (or credit)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert New Brighton, MN 08-10-11
    Robert New Brighton, MN 08-10-11 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    3
    Overall
    "Not the Broadway show"

    I picked this up because I enjoyed the Broadway show. The characters are the same, the story is different. Things that I enjoyed about the Broadway show are not at all in the book, no good dead goes unpunished. However, the story stands fine on its own once you get past any preconceived notions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-24-11
    Richard Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Loved it, Loved it Loved it"

    It was a wonderful treat. The idea that the WWW (Wicked Witch of the West) could have a motive for being so evil completely left our minds. We thought, "well, she's bad.." to give this character a face and a life is an ingenious idea and a great story. Read it! I did. Love it! You will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katherine 06-19-11
    Katherine 06-19-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    1
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mary 06-11-11
    mary 06-11-11 Member Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    3
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erica Magna, UT, United States 02-17-11
    Erica Magna, UT, United States 02-17-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brianne 02-17-11
    Brianne 02-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Demolition D'bree of the Red Bank Roller Vixens

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Choose wisely"

    Great story, but definitely preview before you buy....I really don't care to listen to this narrator for too long

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10
    Beth Arvada, CO, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.