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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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    Jenn San Francisco, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Jenn San Francisco, CA, United States 02-06-12

    sfjenn

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    "Wickedly performed"
    What did you like best about Wicked? What did you like least?

    The voice actor was fantastic - he did a great job with all the different characters. I thought that the story didn't hold together very well - it could have used some editing - like the weird gratuitous sex club scene, what the heck was that about? The story started off really well - and just lost steam. I'm not interested in reading the follow-on stories.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He was great - all the characters were very well done.


    Could you see Wicked being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-01-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Mind Numbing"
    What disappointed you about Wicked?

    It was boring. I listened to the first seven hours, hoping it was going to get better. What a waste.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but one of this guys books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McDonough?

    Someone who can act.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 01-29-12
    Paul United States 01-29-12
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    "Lost Between a Great Idea and Smut"

    I bought this book with high hopes. I really wanted to enjoy it. At first I did! The birth narrative was humorous and exciting. Shortly after, however, the book fell apart. My main problem with this book is that is was not well written. The characters were shallow and unlikable. The plot was rushed and barely comprehensible at times. I was expecting a book which explored the depths of the characters of Glinda, Elphaba, etc. What I got instead was a writer who couldn't decide if he wanted to write a trashy romance novel or a semi-interesting action book. What he eventually turned out is a book which only teases to get better, but only gets worse with each sentence.
    I listened to it because I wanted to love it. Now, I would never recommend it to anyone unless you are really interested in an ankle deep approach to the land of Oz.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    leighda 01-28-12
    leighda 01-28-12 Member Since 2017

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "A whole new look at the wicked witch."

    Our writer really dove into the characters in the story we all know and love. Great imagination was necessary to present the witch to us in this form. To give the reader a look into who she was and where she came from,,and why.
    When I was a child I would watch the movie and be afraid of her, now I will see it in a whole new light. If your in love with "Wizard of OZ " then you may not want to taint that. This story will. For me it was in a good way. Some die hard fans may feel like the story has taken out the magic in the movie.
    All in all. A good read..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    owens WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 01-06-12
    owens WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 01-06-12
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    "Wicked Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    The narrator-plot and pace of the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Green Witch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prince and the witch as lovers in her loft, he awakes to see her body naked for the first time.


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

    The witch kills her teacher


    Any additional comments?

    Wicked is just plain fun, I enjoyed the pace, characters, plot and imagination of the insane OZ thing

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    Dave APO, AP, United States 01-03-12
    Dave APO, AP, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A different take from a different view. . ."
    Any additional comments?

    Many are complaining that this isn't the same character from the Wizard of Oz they know. That the overall story is too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa L Krull 01-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sorry couldn't finish it"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because everyone I talked with raved about it. It seemed like a story that I would enjoy. I rarely give up on a book but I just couldn't bring myself to finish this one. I can't tell if it was the narrator or just that the story didn't seem to move. I never got past the kindergarten years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa COLUMBIA, SC, United States 12-26-11
    Melissa COLUMBIA, SC, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    MELlSSA

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    "Great Reading!"

    I've read this book many times before and it was a pleasure hearing it read aloud to me. I heard many details that I had missed in earlier readings.

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    Heather LEHI, UTAH, United States 12-19-11
    Heather LEHI, UTAH, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Musical, HATE the book!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book were more like the musical and not so dirty!


    Has Wicked turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John McDonough?

    Yes, I thought the narration was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't even get half way through it because it was so dirty and crude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Dupre 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "good story with reservations."

    while I did enjoy reading about the evolution of the witch and what drove her to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course her end was a foregone conclusion, I can't help but feel that this was a shaggy dog story with no resolution from the reader's point of view. I kept hoping for a payoff after the rich development of the characters in new and interesting ways. but in the end it was just an abrupt end with no real payoff, I gave it 4 stars because the story was so well thought out and read, but it lost the final star due to the ending. perhaps it will take reading the other three books to bring things into focus but I find myself with very little interested in pursuing more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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