A Lion Among Men

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gregory Maguire

Narrated By: John McDonough

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: October 2008

Duration: 12 hours 1 minutes


"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead."
'From Wicked

Since Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion'the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked.

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr'the Cowardly Lion'arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own.

Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.

A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch's boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets'cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest'to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive?

At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.


  • amy BEHAR

    If you want a more complex look into the land of OZ, THIS is the book that you soon get lost in. When I first read Wicked (the 1st in the series) I was amazed at the "heavy"topics of war, class war, and how everyone went from friends to bring faced with choosing sides like lines of morality, finding out who really is a friend or foe, to how much political& religious ideals soon tear people apart& just like our world...as you grow up, life becomes more complex than just running around in a fairy tale. Wicked will probably take you awhile to get "sucked in" but once you do you sure won't see that movie the same ever again.I lived the first, short of liked the 2nd, and fell right into this one,A Lion Among Men. Excited to read the 4th-Amy in Dallas

  • Anonymous

    This whole series is so entertaining and smart. Its so creative how the author takes a well known fairy tale and turns it into an adult story involving political intrigue, romance, questions of childhood influences and other adult themes. I love the narrator, too. I don't think it is possible to read or listen to this book unless you have already heard the earlier ones. I did feel like the ending left something to be desired. I assume that the next book will bring the tale to a proper conclusion.