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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,997 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: November 2011 ISBN: 9780062102843
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The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years

Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series became national bestsellers 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…

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the bestselling series that began with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises—the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

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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)

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 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 Saracino | 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 Kesler | 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 Bade | 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 Thiel | 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 Willis | 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 Jones | 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 Roome | 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 Degaltini | 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 Becker | 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 Walker | 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 Essink | 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. "

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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.