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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:
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With the new millennium approaching, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues after being clocked by a Catholic statuette. Her daughter, Tabitha, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus—whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K; the ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group; the Radical Radiants battle the Catholics; a Christmas pageant goes horribly awry; and a child is born.

Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire could spin a tale as frantic, funny, and farcical as The Next Queen of Heaven.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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