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Publisher's Summary

The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times best-selling series the Wicked Years

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.

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom - and her legacy - in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the best-selling series that began with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

Return to Oz: listen to another title in the Wicked Years series.
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©2011 Gregory Maguire (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Where does Out of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of Oz ranks with the rest of the Wicked series as like #5.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Oz?

When Rayne is really revealed in all of her green glory as Elphaba's Grand-daughter.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Rayne figures out that magic is just magic, but love and life are far greater!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Out of Oz...where do the possibilities end?

Any additional comments?

Mr. McDonough is the most execptional narrator! I love hearing his voice lend it's talent to such a wonderful work.

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I enjoyed it thoroughly

This one turned out better than I could have hoped. I particularly enjoyed the mixture of the mystical, ominous prose that the Wicked series is known for with a large amount of humor. Glinda and Dorothy, in particular, are always good for a chuckle, even a belly laugh or two.

It's very important to note here that John McDonough is a NATIONAL TREASURE, who brings this material to life in a way that few could, in my estimation. It remains a minor tragedy that he wasn't engaged to narrate Son of a Witch.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD

A skeptic at first, the hype and hooplah, I see now was well deserved. ELPHABA LIVES!

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I didn't stop listening

I loved ever second of it, I loved that music it had as well. I got so into the book I just kept on cleaning, and other house projects.

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wonderful

loved all of the books the author did a great job on them all thank you

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Best book in the series

This was the best book in the series and brought everything to a great closure.

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Great book

love the series. Listen to it over and over :-) I'm sad it's over though

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Not What I Was Expecting

What did you like best about Out of Oz? What did you like least?

I feel like an awful traitor but I didn't really enjoy this. I loved Wicked so much and this series has spanned a big chunk of my life. Enjoyed Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men much less than Wicked, then this even less. I enjoy Maguire's writing (enjoyed his others like Mirror Mirror, etc) and the overall arc Of the series but I felt like I would have been just as well ending it at Wicked and not reading anything else - as far as resolution goess in the storylines I care about. After waiting for the end of the series for so long I had many expectations, and in fact I waited more than a year after publication to read this because I didn't want it to end/was dreading it would end unsatisfactorily. There are many beautiful reviews of this book but I was disappointed. After so many hours of listening to the seemingly endless travels across Oz and war strategy... And Dorothy (oh how I hate Dorothy)... so many hours that were just not interesting but I was holding out to hear how it ends. Don't want to get into spoilers but I also was disappointed in the resolution of some characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I can't listen to one more minute of the dwarf and his wife.

Any additional comments?

Again, I feel like a traitor for not liking this.

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way to wrap up a series

If you could sum up Out of Oz in three words, what would they be?

Hows this possible?

What other book might you compare Out of Oz to and why?

The dark tower. You wait for years for the series you grew attached to to end. Everyone has faults by the end of it, everyone is a slight anti-hero, and you are sad to bid them all a farwell.

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**Amazing, facinating, extremely detailed**

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Gregory Maguire has created the world within the original story of Oz. Wonderfully detailed descriptions which creates a very long story. Although some of the unnecessary details could have been cut and still have the same outcome to be shorter version.

Would you recommend Out of Oz to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no it is way too long to listen to in one sittnig.