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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.

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©2011 Gregory Maguire (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Better as an audio than reading the book!

What made the experience of listening to Out of Oz the most enjoyable?

I love McGuire's descriptive writing. Hearing the audiobook just enhanced the imagery for me.

What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did an excellent job of bringing to life the descriptive writing of McGuire while also giving life and voice to the characters.

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  • Susan
  • Monroe, NY, United States
  • 11-04-12

Every bit as good as the first book.

I recommend that if you read them, you read them in order. The main characture in this book is every bit of a strong female characture as Elphaba in the first book. Its so rich in imagination. It has a great ending. Its bittersweet that it had to come to an end.

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A must to compete the series.

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

I missed Trism, I missed the relationship between Lir and Trism, it to me, seemed like the only relationship that seemed true. Thus to have him back and to meet up with Lir was wonderful.

What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oz gives me a sense of pretentious regal-ness, McDonugh's accent really helps me to illustrate this.

Any additional comments?

The ending was jaw dropping. I was left with... "That's it?" If this is truly the last book of the dark years, then there should be another, beginning with the light years or something. It ended just as it began; depressing, cold, melodramatic cliff-hanger.

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  • Sherri
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 09-13-12

The Long Trip Through OZ

Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Oz to be better than the print version?

If you have limited time to read, listening can be done in the car, on breaks, or at home.

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

No. This is not the way I would have ended the Wicked Series. It was a let down. Not up to McQuires work.

What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

I liked how he captured the lion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reactions were limited. I did laugh at times. Funny one liners.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must for series listeners. It is also a big let down to series fans. Too bad. Perhaps the next time, the author will consider where he will end, when he begins.

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  • Genevieve
  • Secane, PA, United States
  • 07-24-12

Nice Wrap Up

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not on it's own, no. I think this is a nice wrap up to the wicked series, though I can't help but feel sad at the end, because Rain's life was so lonely and depressing, and then just when it looks like she might have a chance at happiness it gets taken away from her.

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

The long journeys got a little boring, and I pretty much hate Dorothy the whole time. The very VERY vague allusion that Elphaba returned was the most interesting thing to me.

I mostly listened to this book because I had read the 3 previous books.

What three words best describe John McDonough’s voice?

Grizzly by comparison to the people.

Did Out of Oz inspire you to do anything?

no

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Another trip through the Wicked Years

Would you listen to Out of Oz again? Why?

I would listen to Out of Oz again. The reader is very entertaining. I enjoyed his voice and loved following this story to it's next level.

What did you like best about this story?

These stories are well written and follow all the past story lines up.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the scenes with the tick tock clock and Dorothy's court room scene.

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

I didn't find it difficult to listen to this in hour long chunks while I was traveling for work. It's very complex, though and could be difficult to follow in several chunks if you don't have a good memory for the story. I did have to go back a little sometimes after I had put it down for a few days in between listens.

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a bit too long

I loved the other books in the Wicked series, however this one felt out of place and a bit too long. At times it felt a bit too wordy and descriptive.
But I stuck it out since I wanted to know how the story ended. The ending was lack luster and ultimately I could have done without this installment.
If you really want to know how the Wicked series ends read it. However its not really exciting.

The narration itself was great though.

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  • Carolyn
  • Friendsville, PA, United States
  • 01-21-12

Perfect Fairy Tale

After part three I began listening in shorter segments as I did not want the book to end and I knew it would not be finished in a tidy manner. It was not as life is not. One of the reviewers said that Elphaba's fate was known at the last page. I did not catch it at any rate and that adds to my sense of frustration. Gregory Maguire's writing is so tart and he catches the characters to my liking at any rate. By book Four many of them are my friends and I care for their well being. The narrator is perfection. I hope the untied strings means Gregory Maguire will come back add a few more books. Please do not let this be the last one in this series.

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 12-29-11

It all ends here or does it

What did you love best about Out of Oz?

They keep you guessing all the way to the end if Elphaba is alive or dead. The one person who knows the truth won't tell you until the last page.

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

The Tin Man where it's a similar story line in that the leaders are removed and decades later they come back.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would liked to have seen Rain trained by the time we saw her instead of where she was. I thought they would have her ready to war with Uncle, not just beginning to learn. I would liked to have had the story with Liir leading a resistance instead of doing what he did.

Any additional comments?

If you've read all the rest of the series then you need to read this one. Not a bad closure to the series.

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Just plain Odd and anticlamatic.

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

I have enjoyed all the other books in the

Which character ??? as performed by John McDonough ??? was your favorite?

He is good at all of them

Was Out of Oz worth the listening time?

It was better to listen to than read, at least the reader is entertaining.

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