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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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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 04-11-12
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.

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    "One of the best books I've ever experienced!!!"
    What did you love best about Wicked?

    That it completely turned upside down my pre-conceived notions about what is wicked and evil. The book made me think of


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elphaba. I was utterly engrossed in her story and how she would meet her eventual fate.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He's a very solid reader and a great storyteller. While his


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

    I was shocked at how exquisitely the author was able to bring everything full circle and actually preserve some of the context from the original


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite moments of this book was the love affair between Elphaba and Fiyero and how she's not quite become the angry, bitter, hardened women she eventually becomes. At that moment, she could have gone down another path in life. I also loved how the ending scene between Dorothy and Elphaba played out.

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    terry 03-26-12
    terry 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected"
    If you could sum up Wicked in three words, what would they be?

    I am not sure what I was expecting when I got this book. I knew some of the songs from the play but not the storyline itself. I was completely pleased with the complexities of the characters and the adult perspective that was told. Since the Wizard was from our world it stands to reason he would bring beliefs and perspectives from that world. The turns in the story kept me interested all the way to the end. I am looking forward to


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    jdinger29 BARNUM, MN, United States 03-26-12
    jdinger29 BARNUM, MN, United States 03-26-12

    jdinger29

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Maguire glossed over some the more famous plot points from the movie. There is almost no interaction between Dorothy and witch in this book. These are the scenes I was most interested in and I was left feeling very unsatisfied at the end of the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gregory Maguire before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have listened to from this author.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    John McDonough's performance was superb. I especially enjoyed his booming


    Was Wicked worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed Wicked until the last section of the book. I kept waiting for the story to come together. A few questions were answered but I really wanted more. I can't say that I would recommend this to a friend. I won't listen to it again but I don't regret listening to it once.


    Any additional comments?

    Great back-story and some new (to Oz) characters but overall, very disappointing.

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    Kindle Customer USA 03-21-12
    Kindle Customer USA 03-21-12
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    "Love This Book"
    If you could sum up Wicked in three words, what would they be?

    awesome


    What other book might you compare Wicked to and why?

    There is no comparison. This book takes the classic of Wizard of Oz and turns it on its ear, telling the story from the side of the


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrartor did a good job, but I did not care for his voice/ tone quality. While he inflected it still felt monotone and made it easy for me to zone out while listening to the story rather than engaging me.


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    Theresa 03-18-12
    Theresa 03-18-12
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    "Hate the narrator's voice."
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    Having a hard time getting thru the story because I can't stand narrator's voice.

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    Donna San Antonio, TX, United States 03-12-12
    Donna San Antonio, TX, United States 03-12-12

    Donna Lee Walker

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    "Did not like at all deleted it from my Kindel"
    What disappointed you about Wicked?

    The story was too hard to follow


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Maguire’s story?

    too hard to follow


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wicked?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    did not like it at all

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    Lyndia Manteca, CA, United States 03-06-12
    Lyndia Manteca, CA, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    I didn't think I would like a book being read to me but I was wrong :) It was great to be able to lie back and just listen.


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

    The reading was well done.


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

    There are many times in the book that I found myself laughing. Also, there are some pretty sad times :(


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book for any

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    Plumeria Hawaii Island 03-06-12
    Plumeria Hawaii Island 03-06-12 Member Since 2017

    Be kind to someone today.

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    "Try as I might, I couldn't finish the book"
    What would have made Wicked better?

    Maybe another presenter?


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

    The synopsis was interesting. The characters were least interesting. Maybe they were undeveloped?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Possibly.


    What character would you cut from Wicked?

    I wouldn't cut a character. But I never became involved with the characters. I didn't care what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I love science fiction and fantasy. I was disappointed that I didn't like the book.

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    dvidal 02-28-12
    dvidal 02-28-12
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    "Really interesting take on the Wizard of Oz story."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story and the narration. At first I thought it should have been narrated by a female but John McDonough did an amazing job and I could't really imagine hearing it from a female now. Anyone who has seen the play, you won't be bored. The story is somewhat different and there are plenty of surprises, twists and turns.

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    Author John Unionville, VA, United States 02-24-12
    Author John Unionville, VA, United States 02-24-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Bad, bad Dorothy"
    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    The narrative is rich and written for the well-read aficionado.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Fabula. Her life story is liberal, and empathetic.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    I have heard him read many books. His sonorous rendition and shift in voice for characters is terrific.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly. These are not characters that are especially attractive.


    Any additional comments?

    Friends have not enjoyed this book as I did. The author's command of the language is exceptional. Some words he beats to death, like

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