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Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wicked Years Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9780062102843
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“Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave. How great that people flock to these magical novels.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

Bestselling author Gregory Maguire’s remarkable series, The Wicked Years, comes full circle with this, his fourth and final excursion across a darker, richer, more complex landscape of “the magical land of Oz.” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a triumphant return in Maguire’s magnificent Oz finale—tying up every loose green end of the series he began with his classic Wicked, the basis for the smash hit Broadway musical.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and extremely poignant in its ending.”

    Washington Post

  • “The language and imagery are rich, and the sense of love, loss, and regret palpable. For fans, this will be a revealing and satisfying end to the layered tale begun in Wicked.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A worthy conclusion to an imaginative and emotionally searing cultural phenomenon…Everyone who has ever known, loved, or even been frustrated by Maguire’s creative, myth-bending reworking of the Oz saga will eagerly hop onboard to find out exactly how the journey ends, because nobody does fractured fairy tales better than Maguire.”

    Booklist

  • “Maguire excels at creating multidimensional characters that rise above their many flaws…This engrossing, complex novel continues to flip the world of Oz on its head while answering new and old questions about Oz and its denizens. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] pensive but action-filled capstone…All is chaos, swerve, and swirl: the once cowardly lion now has moments where he sounds like Sean Connery, people fire up cigarettes and mount grim battles of resistance, and Maguire pays subtle homage to Tolkien and Rowling and even Frank Baum while having a grand old time in the fantastically complicated world he has created.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/16/2014

    " Even though I loved the book. It left a feeling of "wanting more". I wasn't satisfied with the ending. It just doesn't end. So, many questions left unanswered.... What is over the rainbow? Guess there will be a book after out of Oz? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/24/2014

    " Liir, the Lion, Dorothy, and Rain are all back. Characters from throughout the series make an appearance. As always, I was captivated by Maguire's wonderful use of language, and while I enjoyed the book for the most part, there were areas that I felt were a bit convoluted and difficult to follow. I'm not sure that this book could stand alone without having read the others in the series. Will go back and reread the final chapter or so at some point as I feel as though I missed something somewhere as the ending was less than satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/23/2014

    " I have read all Gregory Maguire's books on the Oz characters and this is 2nd best after Wicked. I can't wait to see how it ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson | 1/17/2014

    " really good, though not sure how i felt about the ending. i hope there will be another book eventually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 1/15/2014

    " I was disappointed at the ending. After all the twists and turns, it felt like it rushed to a somewhat dissatisfying conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/7/2014

    " Great end to the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/5/2014

    " I am finding it difficult to get through this one. It is not easy to read in small bites such as on the commute to/from work (the only time I really have to read). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 12/22/2013

    " I donated the copy I won to my local library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianna | 12/21/2013

    " Some fantastic moments but lacked the some quirky charm in the first two books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/21/2013

    " A good 3.5, but I will round up. Starts a little slow, but by the second half there is so much satire and creativity that I loved it. Maguire's abundant tongue-in-cheek comments remind me of Jonathan Swift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 12/7/2013

    " Richly developed storyline, great twist at the end. Wish I had more of an attention span for this depth of writing these days! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 11/13/2013

    " It was better second best to Wicked in this series. Did not like the ending, though I guess that is to be expected. Again, I did the audio version which I think made it bearable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aoife | 9/17/2013

    " A good ending to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/7/2013

    " The best of the series since Wicked. Would give it 4.5 if I could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 4/22/2013

    " Really great. I like how he incorporates the characters and creatures of L. Frank Baum's books. I wish the Thropp family could have a happy ending. Maybe in the future. The Ozmists will find that out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 4/1/2013

    " I am a huge fan of Wicked and Son of a Witch, and I couldn't event finish this book. Maguire's writing is superb, but his storytelling is totally lost in this one. Was very disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cassie | 2/26/2013

    " In my mind's ear, all Glinda dialogue is in Kristin Chenoweth's voice. (A good thing.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/7/2013

    " Out of Oz was everything I hoped it would be. Every loose end of the series tied up, but in a way that keeps you guessing and thinking. The world of Oz is alive and well in our imaginations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lhymowitz | 12/4/2012

    " Fun addition to the Wicked series. I appreciate the winks throughout to the Wizard of Oz books/movie as well as a throw away line from the musical Wicked. I have grown quite fond of this cast of characters and hope that Maguire changes his mind and revisits them soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 10/8/2012

    " I enjoyed this final book. It was a little long but I feel all the questions I had were answered. I have read all the books in the Wicked series and have grown attached to the characters and am happy to see where they all ended up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/12/2012

    " As I got through the series I continued to be less and less into the books. I don't know if it's just that the story got samey or if the writing was just running out of as interesting a story line. I will say that I felt this one dragged the most out of the four. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 9/9/2012

    " Let me just say I am so glad to be Out of Oz! This book rambled on and on and on and seemed to go absolutely nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 7/15/2012

    " Not aa good as Wicked but I enjoyed. I would say by rating it goes the 1st book, the 4th (this one), the 2nd and then the 3rd. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheena | 6/23/2012

    " I kept hoping it would get better... and it didn't. I was very disappointed and wish I hadn't wasted my time. Oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 2/12/2012

    " I loved reading this. I am still processing the ending though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/7/2011

    " A satisfying ending to the Wicked series. "

About the Author

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.