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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Cassandra Morris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780062007117
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“A delight….[A] funny and warmhearted exploration of the sacred and the profane.”
Washington Post


“Reading The Next Queen of Heaven is like hanging on to the back of an out-of-control carnival ride—terrifying, thrilling, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”

—Ann Patchett

 

New York Times bestseller Gregory Maguire—who re-imagined the land of Oz and all its fabled inhabitants in his monumental series, The Wicked Years—brings us The Next Queen of Heaven, a wildly farcical and gloriously imaginative tall tale of faith, Catholic dogma, lust, and questionable miracles on the eve of Y2K. The very bizarre and hilarious goings on in the eccentric town of Thebes make for a delightfully mad reading experience—as The Next Queen of Heaven shows off the acclaimed author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror in a brilliant new heavenly light.

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  • “Reading The Next Queen of Heaven is like hanging on to the back of an out-of-control carnival ride—terrifying, thrilling, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”

    Ann Patchett, New York Time bestselling author

  • “A delight…[A] funny and warmhearted exploration of the sacred and the profane.”

    Washington Post

  • “Comes alive in many dimensions, many of them funny and slightly bonkers.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Maguire, author of the popular Wicked series of novels, which gives imaginative backstory to the events taking place in The Wizard of Oz, brings his creative storytelling from the realm of fantasy to the world of reality—but just barely…Amusing entertainment but with a serious side as well.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/7/2014

    " Maguire takes a big departure from his usual modern fairy tale genre and instead paints a portrait of a small town in upstate New York, complete with a cast of wacky characters, congregation rivalries, coming-of-age moments, parent issues, and a flying Baby Jesus. The plot teeters on the edge of absurdity, particularly surrounding Leontina Scales, who seems to suffer a mental breakdown after being hit on the head by a statue of Mary, and her three out-of-control children. I'd give it three stars for being an entertaining read, definitely suitable for the beach. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/24/2013

    " Stick to fairy tales and Oz, Gregory. This thing is a poorly written, boring mess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 11/20/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book more, but it was sometimes difficult to stay engaged in the storyline "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 10/28/2013

    " After reading the back cover of the book I thought it would be hysterical. Not so much. It was a real downer. It had the potential to be really funny. Mostly it was a "highbrow intellectual" type of book. I really had high hopes. By page 114/chapter 14 I still wasn't engaged. I enjoyed Good Omens and The Stupidet Angel (religious farces). Don't waste your time. Two thumbs down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 10/9/2013

    " I made it to page 64 before I put this book down for good. Maybe that was too early to abandon it, but the only reason I made it that far was that I was stuck on a bus on my commute home and had nothing better to do with my time. I just couldn't get into this book and didn't care at all for the characters. I was really looking forward to reading this, as I'm a fan of the author, and am experiencing a bit of guilt at this abandonment, but I just can't fathom reading through the next +250 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael-andrew Clancy | 9/18/2013

    " In his first foray outside of the fantasy novel, Maguire succeeds for the most part, however he is let down by a handful of one dimensional characters, some cringingly clunky dialogue and a slightly rushed ending. I felt Maguire was trying to tell me something with this book but try as I might I couldn't figure it out, this was due more to the fact, I think, that Maguire was unsure himself of his own message. All this aside I found it an enjoyable seasonal read and it had quite a few laugh out loud moments and enough likeable characters to excuse it's various faults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/14/2013

    " I like books set in Upstate New York (the real upstate, not the suburbs of NYC). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 9/5/2013

    " Bizarre. Really. That's all. I don't know why I read the whole thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/17/2013

    " This is not one of Maguire's Oz books and I actually enjoyed it the most of his works. It's contemporary, hysterical and sacrilegious; right up my alley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hailey Sikes | 7/29/2013

    " I loved this book. The ending was sad but heartwarming. I honestly didn't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lolly LKH | 5/26/2013

    " I am reading like a drug addict, think I need an intervention... waiting for the post to bring me Jonathan Coe.. so far this novel is odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/28/2012

    " I liked the story- disfunctional families appeal to me. I'm not sure what he was trying to accomplish with it though. It seemed like he took an arbitrary list of different characters and threw them together to see how it would turn out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessyca | 10/22/2012

    " This was definitely much different than his other stories. It was well written but just had a strange underlying tone to it. I definitely don't think it's one of his best stories, but he's one of my favorite authors so I tried it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 9/7/2012

    " It's a fantastically hilarious Christmas novel centered around a dysfunctional family and two rival churches. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/4/2012

    " Definitely not Wicked. Too much jumping around in the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dale | 3/16/2012

    " Worth reading if for nothing else than the nuns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Magee | 1/16/2012

    " Entertaining, true to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 11/29/2011

    " This grew on me. I had a little trouble with the structure - generally the humorous chapters alternated with the serious, touching ones. But the characters were believable and Maguire brought up several serious issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/13/2011

    " meh. just not much there "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/12/2011

    " This book was a big disappointment, especially after the huge disappointment of A Lion Among Men which I couldn't finish. I almost didn't finish this but since it was so short and just engaging enough, I managed to plow through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2011

    " it was ok. a bit too all over the place. chapter 34-35 were hysterical. i couldn't stop laughing. if the whole book would have been as good as the 5-7 pages, i would have given it more stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice | 5/3/2011

    " From the author of the "wicked" books.

    Quirky story about a mother who gets hit on the head with the statue of a virgin mary and starts speaking in tongues. Her fabulous white trash daughter is the only one now who can keep the family together.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 4/26/2011

    " I felt like this book was kind of a waste of time....there wasn't a lot of development in the characters....the story was a bit weak to be honest...a fast read, but definitely NOT worth the time.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma | 4/9/2011

    " Strange book, not what I expected from Gregory Maguire. It had a lot of religious over tones and I didn't really like any of the characters. I would not recommend this book at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hailey | 3/26/2011

    " I loved this book. The ending was sad but heartwarming. I honestly didn't want it to end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 3/19/2011

    " I kept wanting to stop reading because I hated it, but kept on with the expectation that it would get better - it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/6/2011

    " I really enjoy Gregory Maguire's writing. He has a dry sense of humor and his characters, quirky as they are, use this humor to make absurd situations quite funny. Well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 3/2/2011

    " Wasn't horrible, just didn't hold my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 3/1/2011

    " some funny parts and some pretty sad parts but overall I was not sure what this book was supposed to be about. Not what I expected of Gregory Maquire. "

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