Wicked : The Wicked Years

  • by Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • Series: The Wicked Years
  • 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"A staggering feat of wordcraft." ( Los Angeles Times)"McDonough's excellent portrayals of Elphaba's outspoken, gravel-voiced nanny, Glinda's snobbish friends, and the wide-eyed, soft-spoken Dorothy make this excursion to Oz worthwhile." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A fantastic retelling of the life of Elpheba the wicked witch of the west in Baum's world of Oz. Detailed and rich this is evocative and draws you in instantly. A great reading too.
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- Kirsty Whittingham

Great audiobook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've always loved the book Wicked, and listening to it as an audiobook was a new experience entirely. I would recommend this to a friend as it really makes the story come alive.

What other book might you compare Wicked to, and why?

I don't think you can really compare Wicked to anything - it's a reworking of The Wizard of Oz, making a child's story into an adult novel.

What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

The narrators pacing was very good, and he got the humor of the book well - be prepared for a few snorts of laughter when listening! There were lots of characters who's voices he managed to make individual and memorable, so you can recognise them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending of course is memorable, and with the narrators pacing he manages to make it moving.

Any additional comments?

I had already read Wicked before listening to the audiobook, and I would definatly recommend it! It really brings the book to life.

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- Ollie Crook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books