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The Wicked Years
Books in series4
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(3.6 based on 6303 ratings)
  • 1

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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4288)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1998)

    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.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    I was not sure for a while then.......

    Yes, I'm taken with this novel. Humor, intrigue, and overall a good story. It's not the type of book I'm typically drawn to, but this time I'm glad I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 19 2011 by Suzn F (Fletcher, VT, US)
  • 2

    Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (442)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    A good writer does not a good reader make

    The underlying story was good - although it lacked much of the creativity of Wicked - spending a inordinate amount of text belaboring the same issues,..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 05 2005 by Vernette (Winnetka, CA, USA)
  • 3

    A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (275)

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    Michael says: "Gregory and John Together Again"
    Gregory and John Together Again

    I have to agree with the outstanding reviews of the novel. For those who didn't receive closure in this book, it's very important to understand that n..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 14 2010 by Michael (Huntington, WV, USA)
  • 4

    Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (356)

    Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

    Kathleen says: "Worth the Wait!"
    Worth the Wait!

    I've waited a long time for this - and it was only over too fast! There is some serious tying up of loose ends, some SHOCKS that had me in TEARS, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 11 2011 by Kathleen (HUGO, MN, United States)