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'm in love with her! I see so much of me in her. I've still about 20 minutes until the end of the book, and even though I know how the story ends according to the movie, I'm hoping for a surprise twist wherein the Witch comes out victorious!
This book had me hooked from go.
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.
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?
I found this "grown-up" tale of the Wizard Of Oz characters very engrossing.Now I can't wait to see the play!
Thanks for this great first of a three part book download. The narrator has a great variety of voices and tells the story well.
It took me a little while to get used to the narrator but once I did I was amazed at what a great job he did on this story. I had read the book a couple of years ago and thought that it was an okay book, listening to it was so much better. I know that I picked up on a lot of nuance that I missed the first go around. I would recommend this listen to anyone who thinks that it might be up their alley.
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.
An entertaining and different look into Oz. Makes me think a little bit about what would have happened if Harry Potter had grown up on the wrong side of the tracks.
I've never cared for the movie, so I tried not to like this when the wife put it on, but it sucked me in and took me along for a ride I enjoyed.
Only three stars since I don't care for the author's reading skills. They are passable here, but go rapidly downhill as the series progresses.
This was a wonderful story, and the narrator was excellent. I was so pulled into this storyline! I would definitely recommend this audiobook!!
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