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Wicked Audiobook

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

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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)

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    Professor Sombrero 02-28-09
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    "Way too long"

    It a look a little while to get into the style of the book and then it was quite good for a while. It is WAY too long, though and I never did finish it. It started to move too slowly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 02-19-09
    Andre 02-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightful audiobook"

    This is the perfect sort of tale for an audiobook! I was sad when it ended. The characters, setting, and writing are all inventive and engaging. Perfect for a long trip with friends and family -- who doesn't love The Wizard of Oz?

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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice spin on this classic.."

    I found this "grown-up" tale of the Wizard Of Oz characters very engrossing.Now I can't wait to see the play!

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    Mary Port Pirie, Australia 11-23-08
    Mary Port Pirie, Australia 11-23-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Wicked"

    Thanks for this great first of a three part book download. The narrator has a great variety of voices and tells the story well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 11-08-08
    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 11-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I hung in there"

    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.

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    Russell 11-07-08
    Russell 11-07-08 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "One of my new favorites"

    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.

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    Amy Northwood, NH, USA 04-13-08
    Amy Northwood, NH, USA 04-13-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Boring!"

    Couldn't even finish. Yawn!!!!

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    Gregory L. Harsell 03-15-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Wicked"

    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.

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    Isaac Miami Beach, FL, USA 02-10-08
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    I thought the book was very well written and really captured my attention. I would definitely recommend it.

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    Audrey Hustisford, WI, USA 01-23-08
    Audrey Hustisford, WI, USA 01-23-08
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    "Great book to listen to"

    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.

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