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 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.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
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.
The book was long and drawn out. It was hard to keep your interest up at many points. My suggestion say the money on the book, and go see the stag play its by far better.
I thought this book was excellent. It was very entertaining and really makes you think back to the original Wizard of Oz story in a more imaginative way. I highly recommened this one.
I enjoyed the story the author created to explain the origin of the "Wicked Witch of the West." It was entertaining, but not entertaining enough for me to want to read or hear "Son of a Witch."
I'm half way through listening to this book and am finding it barely interesting enough to continue on during car rides, though not so interesting as to want to go back to it at every free moment as I have with other books. I find Mr Maguire's writing original yet laborious with most scenes elaborately described using unusual terms and intricate detail to very little purpose. Sometimes I find that distracting, as though he's trying to impress with his vocabulary - definitely not a spare style. I'm hoping it picks up as the first 10 hours have lacked action.
There are a number of sexually perverse scenes; not that I mean to be prudish as this is obviously an adult piece of fiction unlike the children's literature whose settings and characters it's based on, but anyone considering it should be aware of them.
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