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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307,377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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