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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN:
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Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

Elphaba is born with green skin, a precocious mind, and a talent for magic. An outcast throughout her childhood in Munchkinland, she finally begins to feel as though she fits in when she enters the University in the Emerald City. While she hones her skills, she discovers that Oz isn't the Utopia it seems. She sets out to protect its unwanted creatures, becoming known as the Wicked Witch along the way.

Narrator John McDonough draws you in to Maguire's magical world of witches and talking animals, making it possible to believe in a land somewhere over the rainbow. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " This really jumped around and the way they would randomly skip ahead to a different time with no hint that they did was really confusing. I won't be reading this again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Morris-holt | 2/3/2014

    " This was not at all what I expected. This may be the first time I have ever thought that it would be better to skip the book and catch the play! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/3/2014

    " fascinating read. can see why they made this into a musical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly Blackmore | 1/26/2014

    " I had a bit of trouble getting into this book. I read a lot, but this book taught me that there are still a lot of words that I just don't know yet! I'm not sure how many of them were real, and how many were made up, but I felt that, especially in the beginning, I spent a lot of time just trying to sound out words and figure out what they meant. Eventually, though, the story itself took over and I found myself in the rare position of empathizing with a character I've loathed since childhood, Oz's Wicked Witch of the West. Reading this book reminded me that there are always two sides to a story, and even though you think you know all you need to know about a person based on how they look or how they behave, the truth is they have had an entire life that you probably are not privy to, so don't judge. I was really sad to see her go. "

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

    " Liked it, but it dragged before the end and kinda rushed to wrap it up... I am keen to read the rest of the series though, am buying them through the Book Depos! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Mcdowell | 1/18/2014

    " as a fifth grader I enjoyed this book, but was lost in the preachy politics. I have tried to read it again and found the same thing to be true. Additionally, on the second read through the imagery felt dry and off putting. THis may have been purposeful, but did not leave me wanting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nic | 1/14/2014

    " So...if you're interested in this book, might I refer you to the very good play that was based on this book. It is a much better story and much cleaner. There was enough that was interesting in the book that I finished the book, but I won't continue with the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Federica | 1/9/2014

    " Nella memoria popolare, il male precede sempre il bene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EmilyAnn | 1/6/2014

    " I read this book and I loved it. A lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Scagliotti | 1/6/2014

    " Very interesting, It surely put a different spin on a beloved book and characters that I've known all my life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 melissaqrosen | 12/27/2013

    " While the beginning of this book kept me engaged (it's a great premise), it quickly entered the Land of So What. Lots of stuff happening, but not necessarily going anywhere, as is evidenced by the ending that fizzled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " With so much hype, I guess I was expecting more. I found it very dry, and dry reading doesn't keep my attention well. It took me forever to finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/14/2013

    " It's been a while since I first read this, and now that it's the second time reading it, I understand so much more of the content and just how intense this book really is. Utterly fantastic. Not only did Maguire create a larger world of Oz, he polished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Monfred | 12/9/2013

    " Being my favorite novel, Wicked is, for me, the best reimagination of Oz. Take a peek and you'll be indulged for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Yates | 12/6/2013

    " didn't get through the whole book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/2/2013

    " That is definitely not The Wizard of Oz of your childhood. Still trying to make sense of a lot of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Liu | 7/19/2013

    " Darker, sexual take on the Wizard of Oz story. A bit odd, but still kinda enjoyable. Probably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Campbell | 6/3/2013

    " What a creative story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallory | 5/7/2013

    " I do not usually say this, but the play was better than the book due to its character development and closer adherence to the original Oz series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Dewald | 11/12/2012

    " I love the story. The witch is the product of a fundamentalist preacher. outstanding "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/28/2012

    " Loved this book. Took me a couple times just to get into it only because I think I started it at too young of an age, but once I did I was hooked. Still haven't read the second, but I am looking forward to it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Keeney | 9/15/2012

    " It was confusing at times, but on e you powered through those parts it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Liszewski hill | 6/18/2012

    " Finally finished - whew! I can't believe how long it took me. It's way different from the show, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 5/23/2012

    " Enjoyed this, I like his twist on the traditional faery tale. Two sides to every story, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassie | 4/13/2012

    " Ugh...I just could not get into this book. I didn't care about any of the characters and from what I read, nothing ever happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2012

    " a new twist on the classic OZ books. Just what makes a person wicked? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiko | 4/10/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 4/2/2012

    " A real page turner! creative and magical...gave me a different perspective of the wicked witch other than the one from the classic movie "the wizard of oz" and extended story of her life and background...very entertaining read ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/11/2012

    " I had trouble getting into the story, but once I focused on the experience and not understanding I was pulled in and enjoyed the way it all came together. I love new perspectives and seeing things from another angle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger Leroy | 9/10/2011

    " Complex. Sorta like reading a Tom Clancy novel..without the battleships. It took a while to get through, but I'm glad I did. It was unlike the orginial story its based on by Frankl L. Baum --Wizard of Oz -- and also not quite like its adaption on Broadway..WICKED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 6/2/2011

    " This was not exactly what I expected when I read this. It was VERY graphic. But it told another side of the story and was very interesting to read. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/31/2011

    " This was a great book. It's funny, sad, and worthwhile. The reader gets completely caught up in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mollie | 5/31/2011

    " Very interesting but lengthy and a bit complicated "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 5/31/2011

    " I had such high hopes for this book, but was sorely disappointed. It took me 2 years to read this book. I read this before seeing the show, so I wasn't tainted. I def recommend the show, forget the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Car | 5/30/2011

    " I'm sorry but no. This book wasn't anything special. In fact it was boring and un-special. No offense to anyone but I didn't even finish this book it was just to boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/30/2011

    " I didn't really like it when I read it in college, but I decided to give it another chance and listened to the audiobook. I loved it this time around. Maybe the difference was in the form (book vs. audio), or maybe my interests have change in the last 10 yrs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linoaktown | 5/30/2011

    " Much much darker than the stage musical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/30/2011

    " Wild story. I had a hard time following the "politics", then saw the musical. I was glad I had read the book before I saw it. Entertaining and imaginative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/29/2011

    " I didnt really get into this book. At all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene | 5/28/2011

    " Could not finish. Had to stop when I got to the weird sex part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/28/2011

    " Though confusing at times, many holes in the plot and takes a longer to read, I really did enjoy this book. It has a beautiful story told of an outcasts life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/28/2011

    " This is an interesting story. My rating is not due to a lack in the story's craft, it just didn't really grab me. It was a solid read, and I'd still recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 5/27/2011

    " So disappointing. Had high hopes for this book and I think it was one of the first books I never finished. I just couldn't get into it. However, the broadway play wad fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 5/27/2011

    " It was hard to get into at the beginning, but once I understood the characters, I really enjoyed it. "

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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. 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.