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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: October 2008 ISBN: 9780061713446
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gosia | 1/30/2014

    " 4th star for the awesome ending! wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " Slow start but then it picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twila | 1/23/2014

    " After two years and many attempts, I have finally finished book #3. While I don't feel it was as good as book #1 of the series, it wasn't totally without some merit. I agree with another source that you had to get to the last 1/4 of the book before the author got to the meat of the story..at least what we were looking for. I want to comment that we needed the history of the lion to tie everything in. He was there for a purpose. Onward to book #4! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solidad | 1/7/2014

    " Will definitley be reading the final book of the Wicked series. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah Wilder | 12/30/2013

    " Meh. Never been a big fan of the Lion. Maguire didn't really improve much on the character. I realize that he was supposed to be pathetic, but I was hoping for a little more redemption in the end particularly about his childhood. I also was hoping to get more on what happened at Shiza. The ending was good, it wrapped up some loose ends while leaving room for a fourth, which of course I would read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Keefe | 12/24/2013

    " I didn't not like this nearly as much as the Wicked part of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda | 12/23/2013

    " These books are so slow; and take me a while to get through them, but I really liked them. The way that this one ended I think that there is going to a fourth book; there are still so many questions unanswered. I want to know more about Liir's daughter "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rich | 12/20/2013

    " Maguire's scattered, meandering, sometimes dreadful writing starts to catch up. Nothing new of interest comes in this book, and it is frankly tedious. Again, it's fun to re-visit Maguire's vision of Oz - I just don't like reading his prose about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 12/8/2013

    " Good, but not as great as the first two. Still a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoenix Robles | 12/6/2013

    " That was all kinds of terrible. *.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 11/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed Wicked, but the two follow-up novels just didn't have the same spark. This fell short of Wicked completely, and the ending did not resolve the story as I hoped and left me feeling like I wished I hadn't ready it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Medlock | 8/19/2013

    " A great ending to the Wicked Trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lenee | 4/12/2013

    " I liked Wicked, son of a witch less, and this even less. I was bored through the whole middle and got interested during the last pages.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily E | 9/23/2012

    " Another great book by Gregory Maguire. It's mature and deep, satiric and fun... I hope there's something else planned in this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charish | 9/18/2012

    " Enjoyed the book overall. Nothing compares to how absorbed I became with Wicked though. Had a little difficulty getting through the first hundred pages but after that I couldn't put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 8/15/2012

    " Doesn't live up to the previous books at all. It really felt to me like the Oz story was being milked for all it was worth and it was generally just not a very enjoyable book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lola Kane | 8/1/2012

    " Was ok not great only read so I can get to the 4th and final installment of the series. I think that Gregory could of just skipped this whole book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tressa | 6/5/2012

    " Doesn't go any where or flow very well from chapter to chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele Allen | 4/6/2012

    " After Son of a Witch, I should have known to stop. But against my better judgement, I started this book. And it was so bad I couldn't even finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Allen | 1/12/2012

    " Wasn't getting into it until about the last quarter of the book, then it picked up. Finishing off the series just so I can say I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/9/2011

    " Anything by Gregory is my favorite! Really enjoy the way he writes and I am a sucker for remakes on fairytales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Martin | 11/23/2011

    " Maquire redeems himself from Son of a Witch with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 8/18/2011

    " Continuing the weird saga of Oz according to Maguire. According to last book, he's just doing this because he was asked to continue Wicked. Feels like there will be more. Apparently most readers are women although perspective seems very male. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 5/15/2011

    " These books just move too slow for me, couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/12/2011

    " i liked it because it made me think and kept me riveted on the edge of my seat to hear the tale of the cowardly Lion! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherlynn | 5/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this 3rd book in the Wicked series. I hope there will be a 4th & so on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 4/27/2011

    " It was not as good as the first two in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 4/24/2011

    " What is with Gregory Maguire and freaky sex? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 4/14/2011

    " I loved the first two Wicked books. When the third came out I rushed out and bought it. I was extrememly disappointed however. The environment was the same but I found this book long, tedious, and not nearly as engaging. I had a difficult time making my way through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joelle | 4/1/2011

    " Okay, the Lion is a dispicable character. Kept reading only in search of more information about the characters from Book #2. Unfortunately, scant info available. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 3/26/2011

    " It just dragged on but gave more to the overall story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jermaine | 3/21/2011

    " Not the best in the wicked series. Not an independent story.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Great twist that the Lion was a research animal in a lab in OZ. Great continuation of dismantling the truth behind the kingdom of Oz. "

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About the Author
Author Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, and won eleven Earphones Awards. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.