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Publisher's Summary

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.

What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape, but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?

For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire's Oz, Son of a Witch is the rich reward they have awaited so long.

Listen to an interview with author Gregory Maguire.
©2005 Gregory Maguire (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Masterfully imaginative....Ten years after Wicked (which is still on Broadway), fans will once again be clicking their heels with wonderment." (Publishers Weekly) "A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil." (Library Journal)

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A veritable trainwreck of narration

Like others, I kept waiting for the story to get better. It didn't. Like others, I kept waiting for the narrating to improve. It didn't.

Okay, to be honest, I made it to where Liir gets into Southstairs and just couldn't listen any more. At first I thought, how nice to hear the author's interpretation of the characters. That lasted about two minutes. (And I'm being generous here.) Maguire would have done much better not to even try to do character voices than the inconsistent and intolerably annoying voices he used. Like Shell's vaguely southern accent. Ugh.

I think that John McDonough did a stupendous job on Wicked and I might actually have been able to listen to the whole story if he had been narrating this somewhat weak sequel. If you're really interested in the story, read the book.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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, sometimes verbatim, rather than letting the storytelling bring the points to life for the author. The most unfortuante aspect of this Audiobook was reader's (author's) inadequate character voices and tendency to emphasize the wrong place in sentences. It frequently made it difficult to follow the story, and I'm still not sure I followed it.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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good writer. narrator? yeah, not such much...

i agree with an earlier review: although i loved wicked, and am enjoying son of a witch so far, the author does not make a good narrator at all. i don't know how to explain it exactly, but his narration voice makes it sound like he is reading the book to a 5 year-old. things only get worse when he tries to go into character and change his voice to match some of the characters' genders, ages, and accents -- it's just downright annoying. this audiobook is taking me twice as long to go through than usual, because every time i think about listening to it, i have second thoughts when i remember how distracting the narrations is. too bad. :o(

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Sequel to Wicked

When I first picked this up, I didn't realize it was the sequel to Wicked. It has been a long time afterall since Wicked. Very enjoyable listen start to finish, and one I would recommend.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • West Linn, OR, USA
  • 12-14-07

Obscured by narration

I wish they spent the extra money and got the narrator of Wicked.
But alas... :(
I think the reading of this work is a labor to listen through.
Interesting though... having the author read his own book gives me a insight on the way he thinks it is supposed to go. Applying that insight to Wicked makes that work much less appealing.
Hurray for John McDonough (Wicked narrator).
Please, on the 3rd book use John.. Please!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • Arlington, TX, United States
  • 08-14-08

Don't do the Audio

As a bookseller I listen to books so I can pass information on to my customers. After listening to this one I will recommend the book to the customer, but have told them not to waste their money on buying the audio version. It was all I could do to eekk through this one. The story was good, but I hope the author never again tries to narrate another one of his books.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • waterboro, ME, USA
  • 12-07-05

only desperate fans will cheer for this

Ugh, what hell did this come out of? It was TERRIBLE> I loved Wicked, but the curse of the best selling sequel strikes again. Plus...the....narrator/ is ironic since he produced it! I know where the reader is from! He is the one on cell phone error messages.."error number w24. The caller you are trying to reach has travelled outside the service area". Hire a professional!. Not even clever, Wicked packed a whallop, that is a kick in the butt for thinking it would be half as good as the first. Yeah there was a lot going on but this was like a merry-go-round....everything in circle and no real resolution.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • Milan, MI, USA
  • 05-29-06

Read it yourself

The story itself wasn't horrible, but the narration was unbearable.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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0 Stars was Not an Option

As others have stated the author's voice KILLED this book. I wish I had never made the attempt at listening to this as now the whole series is ruined for me. I tried turning off the audio after a while and went to find the print version. I kept hearing the voice. Listening to this will seriously make all of Gregory Maguire's books unreadable.
The sad part is that I know he is a decent author and puts a lot of time and thought into his books. Why did they let him read it? Whose idea was that? And who didn't have the guts to stand up and say "This project is going horribly wrong, let's scrap it and start over."?
I am not saying an author shouldn't read their work. Neil Gaiman does it all the time with great results. I am merely saying the Gregory Maguire should not read his works and that by listening to this and how the author imagined it all sounding the book will be ruined forever.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Writer should stick to writing...

This book would have been better if Maguire did not narrate it. I would have enjoyed it better with the John McDonough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 12-18-07

Let Down By The Ending

I enjoyed this all the way and became very involved in the characters which is why I felt especially cheated when the novel ended abruptly, leaving many questions unanswered and the fate of almost everyone hanging.
I even checked to see if I'd forgotten to download a part but no that seemed to be it.
An intruguing listen but ultimately unsatisfying.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 09-07-16

very sad

didn't enjoy this book at all..... the first book wicked I listen to twice so I was excited to get listen to this one .

1 the stupid music for no reason got to me I don't know why

2 gregory maguire voice just did my head in his voice is so boring.

3 oh when he tried to do voices aww I don't know he should just stay to writing book.

I really hope the next 2 book he is not reading if so I don't see me getting them.

I think I'm going to get the book and read it myself I say the story would be good but his voice has just put me off.

I'm sorry I'm writing this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-17

One-dimensional, unlikable characters, slow, and revisionist.

This book nearly completely rewrites the history established in Wicked. The characters are cliche' and one-dimensional, often without a single likeable trait. The story is slow and any sense of interest is expelled by lack of tempo. The narrator is atrocious, with awkward pauses (almost like he can't smoothly transition from one line on the page to the next), terrible character creation, and no acting ability. All in all this book has made me decide not to continue this series despite really enjoying Wicked and wondering what was next. I'll read the plots on Wikipedia and be happier for not wasting any more time.