The Wicked Years

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 10,201 ratings

Wicked 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
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  • Book 1

    • Wicked

    • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
    • By: Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,995
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,445
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,493

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's not easy being green

    • By Kathleen on 07-30-08
    • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
    • By: Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 11-16-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 6,995 ratings

    Regular price: $41.97

  • Book 2

    • Son of a Witch

    • By: Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated by: Gregory Maguire
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 865
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 880

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A veritable trainwreck of narration

    • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

    Regular price: $15.96

  • Book 3

    • A Lion Among Men

    • The Wicked Years, Volume 3
    • By: Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 563

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gregory and John Together Again

    • By Michael on 01-14-10

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 4

    • Out of Oz

    • The Wicked Years, Volume 4
    • By: Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 28 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 798
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 714

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the Wait!

    • By Kathleen on 11-11-11

    Regular price: $43.34