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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West | [Gregory Maguire]

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

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.
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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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    Ellen Sunnyvale, CA, USA 02-13-06
    Ellen Sunnyvale, CA, USA 02-13-06
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    "somewhat interesting... but ew"

    Rather interesting in many aspects, but I had to put it down about half way through because I was competely disgusted by the obsession the author seems to have with sex. I chose to listen to it because I had heard alot about it and how it was really good, but truthfully i rather doubt I'll finish it, and normally I can't finish most books, I have trouble putting them down. Not only that but I gather the impression that the author who caims it's the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch, seems to have not got the character and flavor of the series written by L. Frank Baum. I must admit that if there was a way to take out much of the sex obsessions the book would be quite good.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Portsmouth, UK 07-03-08
    Kindle Customer Portsmouth, UK 07-03-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "Hard Going - Not What I Was Expecting"

    I have to admit to finding this book a hard-slog. I was expecting a fun Oz story like the original books, however, I found the occasional bad language and sexual references too distracting - it just didn't seem to fit well in what was essentially, a children's story-book environment. I realise this is an adult novel, but I just feel Oz is best left in the hands of children's authors - I wasn't keen.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    NduehJ 12-12-08
    NduehJ 12-12-08
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    "Horrible"

    This is the worst book ever put in writing.

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    Gaye South Hedland, Australia 08-10-09
    Gaye South Hedland, Australia 08-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wicked"

    Couldn't get into this book, but I would be interested in reading other reviews, may just change my mind about this book.

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    Pamela Charlottesville, VA, USA 12-09-07
    Pamela Charlottesville, VA, USA 12-09-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Wicked"

    After all the buzz I thought the book was pointlessly vulgar and exploited the popularity of the play-I only kept listening because I thought it had to get better and have a better story line - only to find out that it got worse not better - one of the few books I made apoint to not recommend

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 07-17-08
    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 07-17-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Weird!"

    I thought this was one of the strangest stories I have ever heard! Odd plot line, nothing like I expected. The only reason I finished it is because I am going to see the play. I hope the play is better than the book, I paid $135 for my ticket!

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Philip austin, TX, USA 12-11-07
    Philip austin, TX, USA 12-11-07
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    "Get it abridged"

    This book was so detailed that it became boring. I almost always will buy the unabridged version, this is one of the few times I wished I hadn't done so. If its available buy the unabridged

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    Jeff 10-19-09
    Jeff 10-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "You've got to be kidding me........"

    This has to be the worst "sequel" I've listened to in my entire life. Seriously, a wicked witch who isn't really wicked, just misunderstood? Thanks, Gregory Maguire, for ruining one of American literature's greatest villains. I wasn't even impressed with the narration. I'm sure that the play is great if you get into all of that, but from a purely literary point of view, this book is awful. I'll stick with dramatized literature from now on.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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