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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wicked Years Release Date:
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In the acclaimed third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

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.

A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City’s approaching armies. Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they’re skinned alive?

Gregory Maguire’s third installment in this fascinating series is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave…Maguire is a fantastic stylist…Offers a poetic meditation on isolation.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Maguire is a masterful storyteller with an uncanny flair for mixing political and personal while exploring what it means—and what it costs—to be accepted in a society.”

    New York Daily News

  • “So well-crafted that readers of all ages could enjoy witnessing Brrr’s transformation from an insecure kitten in the woods to a compassionate, engaged ‘manimal.’”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Maguire, a seasoned fabulist, populates his version of Oz with a cast of utterly fantastical characters who must face their own inner demons while tumult and uncertainty rages around them. An absolute must-read.”


  • “Deftly presents [Maguire’s] fresh perspective to elaborate on the history of Oz…with his signature skilled wordplay and profound philosophies on life. A rich reading experience and a worthy additiont to the Oz saga. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Superbly entertaining…Brrr and his acquaintances are irresistible company…Maguire’s inspired world-building strides from strength to strength.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Boston Globe Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kelly Rudich | 2/12/2014

    " I found this book very boring. But the ending I feel is necessary to finish the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by bookworm | 2/10/2014

    " I finally think I understand the clock of the time dragon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nadine | 2/10/2014

    " I feel like I've read this before but I think I just started it and never finished it. Nope did not read this before. I was not impressed. I have not read Son of a Witch but still the characters in this book are not sympathetic. The lion is a dufus. I struggled to get through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karlene | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoy these books and tjis one was no exception. It answered a lot of the questions i had from the second one and got me excited to read the final novel in the series. "

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