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)
The content of the novel itself is very good no matter how twisted and disgusting some of the events and characters were. It's an intriguing take on the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West and brings vivid life to the world of OZ that seemed so silly and unbelievable prior to this book. My only gripe is that the narration at times was very distracting and distinguishing between characters at the beginning was a chore.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
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!
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)
I think this is a well-written book. It did take me a while to get into it because it was kind of odd/weird in the beginning. Some chapters/sections are great, while others are weaker. I guess the main problem with it - besides the slow beginning - is its just depressing, and not really in a black humor sort of way.
Plausible and interesting. A completely different take on an old story and in a not too unbelievable sort of way.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content