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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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    Tina Leland, MI, USA 03-13-09
    Tina Leland, MI, USA 03-13-09
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    "Identifying with the Wicked Witch of the West"

    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.

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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.

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    Elyse Oxford, MA United States 11-11-08
    Elyse Oxford, MA United States 11-11-08 Member Since 2015
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    "I really enjoyed this one"

    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.

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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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    SRuss 11-07-08
    SRuss 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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    Aaron S. 10-29-08
    Aaron S. 10-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "And I don't even like The Wizard of Oz..."

    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.

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    Courtney VERO BEACH, FL, USA 08-25-08
    Courtney VERO BEACH, FL, USA 08-25-08
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    This was a wonderful story, and the narrator was excellent. I was so pulled into this storyline! I would definitely recommend this audiobook!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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