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Wicked Unabridged Cd

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | July 21, 2005 | Audio Book (CD)

Wicked Unabridged Cd is rated 3.6883 out of 5 by 77.

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes the victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

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Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: July 21, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060876328

ISBN - 13: 9780060876326

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenges your Perspective Note: I watched the musical prior to reading this book. This book was definitely not what I expected. I read the first half and loved the extra background it provided about Elphaba's upbringing. Initially, I did not enjoy the second half of the book as I found it a little strange and very different from the musical (which I loved). However, upon reflection, I really like the perspective of the book. The musical was more of a fairy tale plot but the book has a harsh reality to it. You learn to see the good in Elphaba, but you also see her imperfections and craziness that you question. There's a lot of political power play so the book isn't for everyone. TLDR: It's a really good read if you want something down to earth, with a bit of political power struggles, and digs deep into the flaws and limitations of human nature and our society.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it This is not your dorothy's Oz. I love the story from the Wiches perspective.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so imaginative Loved this book!!! Gregory Maguire did such a good job recreating the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and many of Oz's great characters. I loved the imagination behind the entire thing! I had read many mixed reviews on this book, and the trend was that if you had seen the musical, you didn't like the book. Lucky for me, I hadn't. My two favorite characters were Elphaba (of course) and Nanny. I found Nanny's character brought a much needed sense of humor to the story. The crazier that Elphaba got towards the end of the story, the less I tended to like her. But, she was just so passionate that I felt myself rooting for her right until the bitter end
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Wickedly Hideous Take on the Wizard of Oz In a nutshell, Gregory Maguire's book is the reason we have copyright law. While the writing is vivid, the book reeks of political opportunism and thematic banter that all but spoils the fun of the original L. Frank Baum story and the classic 1939 film. The takes on the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda, and Oz are just plain weird and take way too many brazen liberties, that just don't mesh with the original story. I picked up the book in the hopes of watching the Broadway musical - I think I might just go take my chances with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great & Powerful instead, or better yet, just go back and enjoy the old 1939 film.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected As far as fairy tales are concerned, adults recall them to be simple moral stories of how things go wrong if you want the wrong things. As fond of them as adults may be, the stories aren't often dissected, interpreted, or believed in for much farther than that. Maguire does not intend to create a pretty or perfect world. It seems rather, that he intends to take the perfect pretty worlds we are used to, and turns them into something we hate recognizing about ourselves. He fills his pages full of the things humans refuse to admit about themselves and in several cases he actually makes us sympathize with characters who we as children once hated. It's easier to believe that there is a very blatant line between good and evil, do or don't do. In reality if things were so simple, wouldn't human beings find less struggles? I love Wicked. The once negatively portrayed green queen of evil from Oz is thrown into very sad situations, situations that seem so bizarre and yet, she feels things the same way we all do. It allowed me, to look at people I had once considered enemies, and see they had human nature built into them long before they became my "enemies", they had feelings that led them to wherever they happen to be now.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I have always been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz. This is not the book I thought it was going to be. I'm 150 pages in and I can hardly stand to go on. Nothing is happening! I think it is easily the most pretentious book I've ever read. I will probably only finish it because I paid money for it, but really, where was the editor in this? The 150 pages i've read so far could have been cut down by at least 70. I appreciate setting a tone, but there is such a thing as going to far. I really would NOT recomend this book!
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely 'Wicked' “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire is a book about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West from L.F. Baum's book “The Wizard of Oz”. Both books are political satyrs and use interesting storylines to convoy their message, but that's where their similarities end. Gregory Maguire conveys a 'just because we think someone is evil doesn't mean that they are' type of message, while also introducing a curropt government run by the Wizard of Oz. I personally enjoyed the book quite alot and I recommend it to anyone whos looking for a good political book to read. The one thing I didn't like about it was that the author didn't seem to bring Elphaba's love of animals and the books 'Animals' to the main storyline as much as it should have. This would have really allowed the reader to connect with Elphaba more. What I really enjoyed about the book is that its concept was to make us think about how we can label something as evil before we know anything about it. This was a really interesting idea that I enjoyed to read about. Overall I really enjoyed Wicked and I believe that many people should try to read this book if they have the chance. 9/10
Date published: 2010-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent - A must read! This is his best book! This book has everything.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is the first novel by Gregory Maguire that I've read, and I can't wait to begin the next! I was expecting an enjoyable read, but what I got was truly exceptional. The only time I was even remotely bored with this story was towards the very end; I felt that the last section could have gone a bit faster - but I would still read it again - the horizons of my imagination have been stretched just a bit further in reading it ;)
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked: the title of this book is self-explanatory. Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz. Well, if not, then you have heard of the infamous Wicked Witch of the West from somewhere, and that's where this brilliant novel comes into play. The story is about a little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who is shunned by society and was practically forced to become such a strong person so she can defy all limits, with not only people, but gravity itself. Gregory Maguire has created a truly superfluous image of Oz-where Animals are pushed downwards in society because they are not quite human externally, the Wizard is a devious man who shouldn't have been given such a high place in Oz's government, and Evil is present in ways you never thought possible. A truly fantastic book, it is heartwarming and heartbreaking not at the same time, but at random intervals, weaving in and out of characters throughout the entire novel. A fantasic read. I give this novel, and Gregory Maguire, one completely opened umbrelly, as opposed to a quarter opened, half opened, of three quarter opened umbrella.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely a Disappointment Wicked Gregory MacGuire In this telling MacGuire decides to tell the tale of the Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West, and how she has a tragically misunderstood life, right from her childhood and through her adulthood. Great premise, and it should have been great book, but sadly it wasn't Maybe, I was just not getting the book, I thought it was going to be uproariously funny, and it totally missed the boat. But, then again humor is hard to get across with the written word alone. It lacks the timing, the tonal inflections and facial cues a good comedian or actor can use to punctuate the words. I am not sure I will read more of Macguire's book, and I do have the access to them, as a friend is a huge fan of his work. I am not even sure if I will see the play they have inspired. I am sure I will see the movie this will surely inspire, to see if the right producer/director combination can make it as great as Neil Gaiman's Stardust or Goldman's The Princess Bride. Perhaps, my expectations were to high for this, that they could not possibly have lived up to it. But, I still feel that the premise gives the book the potential to be so much more, and to me it isn't. Maybe, if the humor came across more, and it was less that a tragedy, I would have enjoyed it more. Well not everything will meet everyone's taste.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good I read this book before it became a play, mostly because of all the hype around it. It was awful. The plot dragged, the author barely went into the issues (political oppression, racism, etc.) that Oz was supposed to have, and the unnecessary and vulgar sexual references distracted and ruined the story (eg: mountain passes likened to a very vivid description of a woman).
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from High Expectations Ruined it I think the book's downfall came from the fact that I saw the Broadway play first (which was absolutely magical)...this story is only remotely similar to the play that was based upon it. I found the book to be much darker, much slower, much more convoluted and slightly boring
Date published: 2010-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting The concept is great, but I also found the book too political. It made it hard to continue at times.I may read something else by the author, but I am a little reluctant to.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review: Wicked Overall, I thought this book was just okay. I couldn't really get into it. I think its because I'm not a big fan of stories that take place in other worlds that are quite different. My imagination just isn't that great. I found that a lot of the time I was rather lost at what was going on. It took me almost two months to finally finish this book because I just couldn't convince myself to read it. But that being said, I still would like to see the broadway musical so that I can compare the two. I like seeing books I've read being brought to life.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not As Great As I thought It wasn't what I thought it would be like. I found at parts it dragged way too much. I also found the book to have too much of a political feel to it. The only parts of this book I liked was before the girls went to school, and then the ending when Dorthy came in. other then that I found this book hard to stay interested in.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Political I was surprised that Wicked didn't live up to my expectations, considering all the wonderful things I heard about it from people who have read it. I found the concept pretty interesting--the "there is always the other side of the story" thing--but the way the story is constructed falls short. There are way too many political and religious stuff going on that were confusing and frankly, not too interesting. The book is divided into sections, and to make it even more confusing, Maguire skips further into the plot at the opening of each section, leaving the last thing you read hanging there, waiting for you to figure it out yourself in the next section of the book. I think he did a good job with the character of the wicked witch though, making me sympathize with her easily. I was expecting something life changing that would make her really wicked, but even near the end, I don't see any of his characters falling into the roles of the original story of Oz. I still had a hard time seeing how she was "wicked" at all, or Dorothy and everyone else could fear her so much, and I definitely didn't see how Glinda could even be considered the good and innate witch. She still seemed equally spoiled and vain as her childhood days. I thought this book had no climax at all, and it was only near the end that I finally had a hint of what the previous 400 pages or so was on about. There are a lot of images and symbols that are important throughout this book, which I didn't get at all. I guess you have to read slowly to analyze each aspect of the book to fully understand what is going on. If those are the types of books that appeal to you, then this should definitely be on your list of books to read.
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book, even better musical I wasn't sure I'd enjoy reading this book but I loved it. We all know the story of the Wizard of Oz but Mcguire takes us on a journey of the other side of the story. Why was the Wicked Witch of the West viewed the way she was? Was it deserved? Everybody's take on a situation is different so to see the other side of The Wizard of Oz characters is wonderful. After reading the book and hearing about the musical I was wondering how the two would work together but it is amazing.
Date published: 2008-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything I'd hoped it would be! This is my second book by Maguire, and I have to say it was a wonderful, exciting and yet exploring story. By inventing a 'back story' for the infamous Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, Maguire tells an epic tale of a bizarre and fantastical land and a woman who struggles to find her place in it. Elphaba (a homage to L. Frank Baum) is born with green skin -- marked as different in a land where Animals can speak and magic is taught in schools. As she struggles to both fit in and stand out, Elphie (as she is known to her friends) struggles with questions of religion, with politics and with loyalties to friends and family. Obviously we know how the story ends... but its the getting there that is so fantastic. And the ending is, somehow, a wee bit different now. Not quite so black and white...
Date published: 2008-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before it all Perhaps a little rough around the edges, but overall an enjoyable read. WIth a little imagination and a lot of creativity this novel idea can quickly form in your head. The story unfolds as though reading a memory....it is quite simple to relate snippets of the Wizard of Oz story. Truly the greatest appreciation of all is to read the book then to see it come to life on stage through a stunning beauty (Carmen Cusack) playing Elphaba.
Date published: 2008-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read, one of my favs!! This is a fantastic re-imagining of an American classic. Wicked expands the realm of Oz in a way that takes the story past that of a conventional fantasy novel and transforms the characters and events into reflections of what has happened in human history. With the popularity of Wicked hopefully we will see this world built upon. Wicked is totally in my top ten and is a great read even if you don't like fantasy.
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Wicked "...or Not. Ok, I really wanted to say I was blown away by Wicked, but I wasn't. ..not even a little bit. I found that it was really slow. Kudos to Gregory Maguire for taking an interesting stance or point of view on the Wicked Witch of the West, and actually asking what her story would be. I expected more though. Unfortunately I was really turned off by all the politics of Oz, the lengthly sections on the Witch's childhood which didn't lend much understanding and frankly were quite boring. I was much more interested in the dynamic relationship of Galinda (who becomes Glinda the "good witch") and our "Wicked Witch" Elphaba, and the origin of her flying monkeys, but this made up only a small bit of the story. I wish Maguire had expanded more upon these subjects. For those of you who like complex political satirical novels with a dash of the odd, then you'll probably love this book...sadly, I was left disappointed. I really wonder how this book became the basis of a broadway musical.
Date published: 2008-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beginning Great - Ending Boring I was entranced by this novel as soon as I started reading it. Just to be able to see their world in a different light was amazing to me. But it started getting into politics which I didn’t find very interesting. I loved how the book followed The Wicked Witch of the West’s life and it was great to see the relationships that she made and how they came together to build the story behind the Wizard of Oz musical. The book did contradict the musical a little but I think that was the point the author was trying to make when he wrote this book. We had been seeing the story through one set of eyes when in reality there were many more people involved in the story. Overall I would recommend it but it did get a bit boring in the middle to the end of the book.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely different The beginning of this book was really creative and instantly drew me in. After a while though, I realized I didn't like the direction it was taking. The underlying political messages were something I didn't care to analyze, and the characters were not very relatable. A few parts did come to life thanks to the colorful settings and witty dialogue, but it just wasn't enough to keep me totally interested. Try Mirror, Mirror, or Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister for more excitement.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Wicked! I absolutely adored this book. Gregory Maguire wonderfully retells the story of The Wizard Of Oz. Poor Elphaba. She isn’t made out to be wicked in this story or innocent. She is just a person trying to get through life as best she can. The book examines evil. Is Elphaba born evil? I think evil things just happen to and around her. Though from birth, from conception, she seemed destined to play an important role in the history of her country. Of course she wanted the shoes, the ruby slippers. They were her sister’s shoes and The Good Witch Of The North had no right to give them away. Both Glinda and Elphaba were only trying to do what they thought was right. After all, Dorothy was sent to the castle with the purpose of killing the Witch. I’m sad that a horrible accident, a happenstance of circumstance, cost Elphaba her life.
Date published: 2008-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wickedly addicting growing up as a huge fan of wizard of oz, it was so enjoyable to see the other side of it. a great read
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great idea but sadly disappointing The concept of this book is brillian. I loved the musical and have watched it many times. So what a great idea to explore the life of one of the characters before the arrival of Dorothy. Sadly, after a tremendous beginning, the book slows down and it ultimately became a slog for me to continue on. It could have been so much more.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing must read Sometimes classical children's literature and fairy tales might seem a bit boring after a million repetition and retelling. Wicked is an ingenious creation that leads us to revisit the good old "Wizard of Oz" story from a totally different angle. What if nothing is as it seems? As the bookcover intro said, "challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil." While getting to love the Wicked Witch of the West, I won't be surprised that the same kind of mis-stereotyped good or evil might be occurring in our so-called reality all the time. An amazing must read.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wickedly imaginative! This book was highly imaginative! It is cleverly written and I love that the Wicked Witch of the West is not evil but merely misunderstood! Great detail has been taken in writing this story and it pays off in creating a whole new dimension to fictional OZ. I have recently purchased Son of a Witch and can hardly wait to start it. Clicking my heels together now - there's no place like OZ!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wicked? Kinda I suppose this was an alright read...I might have enjoyed it more had I been particularly interested in the Wizard of Oz to begin with. It was also kind of strange to see a children's story used in a novel with many adult themes in it. It was well-written, I just don't think it was for me. Perhaps it would be better for those who are into fantasy fiction?
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vividly detailed and well written This is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, in all her grandeur, prior to meeting Dorothy on that fateful day. We meet her crazy family in a twisted tapestry of religion and infidelity and follow her through childhood and into University life. Gregory Maguire creates such a vivid picture of Oz that is rich with architecture, politics, love, philosophy, remorse and so much more. This is truely a wonderful piece of work. My only qualm is that I found the monotoned narration to dull what few exciting events took place, making the book drag on a bit. Still, I gave this book an extra star for the intelligent structure and amazing detail Maguire gives to this fantasy land and to Elphaba. She's not wicked - she's beaten, bitter and exhausted. Definitely worth a read for something different.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Everyone! This novel was truly wonderful. I think that anyone who loved fairy tales as a child will love this adults story about a childhood favourite. Gregory Maguire has really created a new niche for himself in the adult fiction sector with his easy to follow story about the Wicked Witch of the West. His characters are really well developed and complex. I would recommend this novel to anyone!
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awfully Dissapointing I have never felt the urge to write a review until reading this book. If you are taken away by the original Wizard of Oz, you will feel insulted by this book. It is nothing in resemblance to the magically and wonderfully crafted work of Mr. Baum. However, what it turned out to be was a cheap modern day slew of infidelity and politics linked to the infamous Wicked Witch to sell copies. Poorly written and extremely upsetting. I was in love with the musical but this book was a let down. If you were in love with the Wizard of Oz, don't read this book or you'll end up feeling like you could have spent your time reading something that was more than a mere "hype" and an actual work of literature.
Date published: 2008-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible book I was looking forward to this book and it started out well, but it goes no ware. The book introduces things and characters that it doesn't develop and have no relevance (i.e. the golden carp in the well). I was very disappointed with the book over all. I have not seen the musical and judging from the other reviews, if you tie this book to the show the book gets a good review, but if the book is simply reviewed only on its own, the reviews are not good.
Date published: 2007-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This book was a good read, and gave a nice new twist onto a classic tale. Some of the story felt like it was unnecessary and filler, but if you are a person who wonders about the villans in tales and why they do the things they do then this is the book for you.
Date published: 2007-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from An Adjective for Awful Indelicately torn from the inspirational mind of L. Frank Baum is this roundabout tale of "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West". Gregory Maguire begins, perhaps expectedly, with a prologue of distorted source material and the fact that Elphaba, the green-skinned infant with venomous teeth, is not wanted by her parents. In the next chapter, Elphaba is the intelligent, outspoken girl who is supposed to challenge our first impression of her (in “The Wizard of Oz”). It is a failed experiment, however, because Maguire avoids – of all things – her childhood – her development into this character. He leaves out great slices of time like this without informing the reader of any change, and he seems to forget by the end what he thought was important in the beginning. “Wicked” is a coarse, frustrating, and avoidable read. Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (book) and Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics).
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! If you ever wondered why the Wicked Witch of the West was SO evil this book is for you! This is the story of a girl who was born green in the great land of Oz and the years she spent just trying to fit it. Though you watch the movie and think you could never forgive that horrible witch, reading this book makes you feel sorry for the little girl inside! The adult land of Oz is full of political turmoil, assassinations and bribery! I will forever love this story!
Date published: 2007-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Read This book was actually really well written. Definately for the 'adult mind' though... Some scenes get pretty graphic... This book made me feel for the characters and really gave each of the characters a distinct and 'real life' personality. I lauged out a loud more than a few times, and I couldn't wait to keep reading through the life of the most misunderstood and underestimated villain of the time period.
Date published: 2007-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well researched! The entire series of retold fairy tales by Maguire is a must for anyone who is still a kid at heart. Although I would not recommend these for children, they are alive with history and rich characters that go to great lengths to further explain our favorite stories.
Date published: 2007-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacked Magic for Me I found Wicked tough slogging. It's a neat idea--devoting a novel to the backstory behind the Wicked Witch but I found it crude and a little like making your way through a muddy bog wearing goalie pads.
Date published: 2007-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked I purchased this book one day I was looking for something to read. I got started it was slow at first, but it became more fast paced, it ends in a way that was not fully expected (after all we have all seen the movie, The Wizard of Oz.) and so it kept me on the edge of my seat. Gregory McGuire's writing is unique and very well thought out. I recommend this book all the time to customers who come to me looking for something fun and interesting. Quite a few times the customers choose it.
Date published: 2007-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to Maguire This is the first Maguire book I've read and I greatly enjoyed it. I can't wait to read Confessions. I have a whole new respect for the Wicked Witch. This book really makes you think about the original movie in a whole new way. I would recommend it to anyone. I already have three people who want to borrow it.
Date published: 2006-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved this book, alway a huge Wizard of Oz fan but this book was a huge twist from the wizard of oz.. Loved reading it, would recommend it to anyone, can't wait to try another of his books.
Date published: 2006-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a good read! I read the book, knowing that it was completely different from the musical in order for me to see how different it really is. Maguire's imagingation and use of descrition makes the book a fantastic read for anyone who loves The Wizard of OZ. Please read this novel and make your own decision but don't think twice about seeing the musical. I couldn't put the book down as Maguire takes you into the psyche of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and explains how she becomes "wicked" and how her life is changed by Galinda, Nessarose and everyone at Shiz.
Date published: 2006-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A WIcked read! Being a huge musical theatre fan I was immensly dissappointed when I was unable to see the musical version of Wicked. In order to comfort myself i bought the book and if the musical is anything like the book then it was no comfort at all to know I missed it. The book was wonderful. Gregory Maguire takes Baum's tale and extends it and embellishes it to CS Lewis and Tolkien levels. It is a fantastic read for anyone who liked the Wizard of Oz although discretion is advised for children as it gets a little racey!
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful I was expecting something interesting out of this book since it had glowing reviews and the musical was sold out in Toronto MONTHS before it actually came, but what I read was incredible. It was an insight on evil and good, and how people are neither in entirety, it had love, murder, magic and adventure all at once, and so much feeling I thought I would cry from beginning to end. This book is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, and develops characters in the Oz World. It leaves the Wizard and Dorothy and makes for an enormous backstory which seems to be hidden under our own eyes when we read the first Oz book or even watch the Judy Garland movie. It's incredible, one of my favourite books to date. It also doesn't try to be great literature like The Da Vinci Code, and because it doesn't really try, it is. It is more philosophical and more colourful than most books of this "new" century. The English isn't very hard to understand either, while not insulting its readers with simplistic notions. I'm no expert, but I enjoyed reading this book and I hope so will you.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your time and just see the musical This book was okay...I was frustrated with the extravagant detail and continuation of bits and pieces of story that didn’t really add up to anything in the end. In truth, the book was hard to get through and by the time I had finished I felt as though I had wasted too much time reading an unsatisfying story. But I hear the musical is fantastic!
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twist to a Classic After seeing the Musical here in Toronto last year. I wanted to read the book to see the difference. I was very pleased to find the book having more information and was a little different than the Musical. After reading Gregory Maguire's take on Wizard of Oz and the witches it has got me more curious to read all his other books. I have than recommended this book to others looking for something to read.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely "Wicked"! Having just completed this absolutely fascinating story, there is only one thing I can say. I will never watch the Wizard of Oz with the same perspective again! Maguire's characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and moves at a good pace. The Witches struggle with life, identity and love is easily transferrable to life today. A wonderful book! I highly reccomend it.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! What a great book! I loved this one - in fact, I recommended it to my friends and family and they have all loved the book!
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too wordy and long I had already seen the Musical and was still looking forward to reading the book. I was unfortunately very disappointed in the book. I found it hard to read as it was very dry and boring and it actually took me months to read it. While the story line is very interesting and I did like how it took a look at the Witch's life growing up, I found once she left school the story line was too wordy and really unexciting. I have always been a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz and I liked how the book did tell the "other side" however I would have liked more character development for the lion, the Scarcrow and the Tin Man. All in all I am glad I read it, and will now be reading the next book "Son of Wicked".
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the read I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West. And although the story was not what I expected, I found it very interesting and entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading some of Maguire's other works and seeing the musical version of "Wicked".
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoop-de-doo for Wicked What an interesting spin on a classic. By providing the back story for the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire causes the reader to examine all that they previously held dear from the land of Oz.. The reader sees the Wicked Witch as a person and not just a cartoonish conduit for evil. The Witch as a bizarre child with questionable origins; her life at university; her troubled twenties with her lover; her time in a convent and role as a possible mother to a meek little boy are facets that are all explored in Maguire's vision of Oz.. A must read for any lover of The Wizard of Oz!
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Justifed evil Why do we have to justify the reasons for the wicked witch to be wicked? I found this book to be drawn out and even boreing at times. I would not recommed this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the musical This book gives you an amazing new view on the Wizard of Oz's "Wicked Witch". This tale shows you what really happened between Glinda and the Witch...and Dorothy too. If you've seen the play, read this book, you'll love it even more.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring and Pretentious This book has a really interesting premise, but is actually incredibly boring. Although I'm a fan of the "epic," virtually nothing happens in this book. The characters muse endlessly on the nature of good and evil, and the reader is bored to tears.
Date published: 2006-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Way To See Things This will give you a totally different take on "The Wizard of Oz" story. You'll never see things the same again. Who knew that the witch had a life? or a love? So cool!!
Date published: 2006-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wickedly good! Rarely do we have the chance to read a book that has the power to make us laugh, shed a tear or two and reflect upon the vast gray area separating good from evil. This masterpiece gives us all of this and much much more, surrounded in a geniusly imagined and often philosophical world. Once you step into Maguire's version of the land of Oz not even the fiercest tornado will be able to pull you away from it. A must-read!
Date published: 2006-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Wicked! This book was nothing but amazing. The way Maguire gave such a detailed spin on the land of Oz, which wasn't really given much depth in L. Baum's original novel, is amazing. In many parts of the story I found myself marvelling at how Maguire included so many unanswered questions in this novel that I could not have even thought about answering, or even asking, for that matter. Reading this book one tends to get attached to Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, the poor misunderstood being who finds herself becoming something she never thought she would; wicked. You can't help but feel sympathy for her, the way she stands up for herself and what she believes in and gets nowhere. Everything in this novel makes it an altogether wonderful story. Don't let this book pass you by!
Date published: 2006-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed Although this book has high reviews, I, personally, did not enjoy it at all! For some reason, I just found it exremely boring, and had to force myself to read it. Maybe the Broadway Play is better???
Date published: 2006-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I'll never look at The Wizard of Oz in the same way. This book was very interesting. It was hard to get into at first, but after the first few chapters, I really started to enjoy this. A friend of my mom's told me about it. Being only 16, I thought it might have been to old for me. But, once I got used to the style of writing, it got better and better. I am currently reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and I can't wait to read more books by Mr. Maguire.
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Gregory Maguire takes the beloved world of OZ and adds amazing depth to the story and makes the Characters even more timeless then they where once. His use of Prose is unrivaled in anything that I have ever read before and makes this one of my top favorite books of all time. Simply Put.......Amazing!!!
Date published: 2005-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not So Good I was really excited about reading this book. The idea of it was very intriguing. However, i found it almost impossible to get in to. It did start to get better near the end but i found it was more of a chore to read. At times it was enjoyable, but just barely. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone unless they are avid readers who love to read a variety of different books.
Date published: 2005-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent it was my first gregory maguire book i ever read ,so i found it hard to get into..but 1/2 way through i started to realize the complexity of the story and the way he goes about telling it...it is a very brilliant book and i enjoyed it so much....i would recommend reading confessions of an ugly step sisters as well...it was also very well done and fun to read!!!
Date published: 2005-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Novel This is one of the best books I've ever read, and my favourite out of all of his books. Gregory Maguire created a world which I thought was real. I just loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2003-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked: a Revolutionary Retelling of Oz If you have ever been discontent with the mysterious background of that famed Wicked Witch (of the West), this is a book to be bought and enjoyed immediately. Every single query about that green-skinned oddity is answered: how she was born, her relationship to the Wicked Witch of the East, her education, and her downfall - her death - all covered in this above standard piece of work. Gregory Maguire changes Oz from a magical, perfect land to a land with, like every other land, its own problems. There is not only political overtake, going from the traditinal monarchy of Ozmas, to the tyranny of the Wizard of Oz, but also racism,assassinations, and the revealing of the fact that the life of the talking Animal is not so perfect after all. 'Good' characters are revealed to be not so nice through the eyes of Elphaba, the Witch herself. Indeed, it is to be savoured as a masterpiece of modern literature and a true rulebreaker that challenges the norm in reteling fairy tales
Date published: 2001-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Fairytale This was a fun book to get swept up in. Many of us enjoyed the tale of the Wizard of Oz growing up, but this book retells it for adults in a way which makes it seem more...well, realistic. The location and types of characters may be odd, but the relationships and character dynamics are real and believable. I found myself sympathising with the Wicked Witch, but I felt sorry for Dorthy too. It's a fabulous story but the thing that drives it are the solid characters.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Not Easy Being Green. "Wicked..." is possibly the most exciting recount of what might have been. Gregory Maguire fills each page with evil and sentiment, it's easy to become one with any chosen character. To see all of our own "human" foibles laid bare is no simple task. It is achieved brilliantly. A must-read for any disenfranchised person. Proving once and for all, what you see isn't necessarily what you get.
Date published: 2000-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply outstanding! Simply outstanding! This story captured my imagination, rich in detail, intrigue and spirit. It will never make you look the same way at Oz again. Gregory Maguire displays pure genius! The story goes deep into the life of Elphaba demonstrating how incredible and unique she really is. A grade "A" masterpiece! Truly facinating and passionate. This is something never to pass up!
Date published: 2000-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a true page turner I loved this book. One of those books that captures your imagination and you cannot put down. It presents a truly unique perspective of the original story with enough ties to truly force you to rethink the movie and original book. Something not to be missed, especially if you have ever thought that you were misunderstood
Date published: 2000-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing! Simply stated, this book, and its author, are without peers. Tantalizingly vivid, and mind-blowingly creative, you will find yourself up at odd hours of the night unable to put this masterpiece down. Maguire is a true genius - keep your fingers crossed that he is busy at work drafting his second novel...
Date published: 2000-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What an amazing book, the wizard of OZ will never be the same for me again. Maguire does an amazing job of telling this classic storey from the villan's point of view.
Date published: 1999-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What an amazing book, the wizard of OZ will never be the same for me again. Maguire does an amazing job of telling this classic storey from the villans point of view.
Date published: 1999-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange...very strange I tried to read this book a number of times but had a difficult time getting into the story. My solution was to read the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and this helped me to understand the plot line better. The Oz book is quite different from the movie. Maguire took a difficult topic and made an enjoyable read.
Date published: 1999-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked Before the Wizard of Oz, there was Wicked. Have you ever wondered what events made the Wicked Witch of the West so mean? Well, this book answers that question. It's an amazingly written story that goes deeper into the mysteries of the Land of Oz. fabulous new characters and elaborate illustrations all add up to a tale of pure genius. Learn all about Oz, its witches, the yellow brick road and all your favourite friends before Dorothy and Toto came along. Two thumbs way up for Maguire and his weird imagination.
Date published: 1999-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Wicked'ly Wonderful This book is simply marvelous. The way the author portrays Elphaba is rich and thought-provoking. He delves into her past and present in such a way as to make the reader sympathize with her plight and actually see why she did what she did and the very valid reasons behind it. She is very human, very green, and it makes you question the nature of evil, whether it's inborn or develops as a result of the environment. One thing's for sure...you will never watch "The Wizard of Oz" the same way again!!
Date published: 1999-03-15

– More About This Product –

Wicked Unabridged Cd

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: July 21, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060876328

ISBN - 13: 9780060876326

From the Publisher

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes the victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

Performed by John McDonough

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.