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Son of a Witch

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gregory Maguire

Narrated By: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: October 2005

Duration: 14 hours 22 minutes


The long-anticipated sequel to the million-copy bestselling novel Wicked

Beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape -- but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?

For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire's Oz, Son of a Witch is the rich reward they have awaited so long.


  • Anonymous

    I really liked Wicked and have been anxious to read this since it came out. However, listening to it is not the way to go. I had read the other reviews that warned of the horrid job the author did reading his own book, but thought I'd give it a shot anyway. Big mistake! Yes, it is as awful as they all say! I only made it to disc 2 and simply couldn't handle it anymore. He made parts of the story that I think I would find interesting on the page, sound laughably ridiculous. I'm going to try reading it. It was not until this book that I appreciated how much a REALLY bad reader can affect the story itself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Scott Welch

    Huge dissapointment after the first book. Started off slow and went nowhere in a hurry. Actually had to force myself to finish it. Really had hoped for better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Bruce

    I loved this book. First book in a long time that I hated to see it end...I wanted it to just go on and on. I enjoyed it much more than Wicked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachel Secore

    This book needs to be read and not listened to. I normally prefer the author to read a novel, but in this case, he should have let someone else read it. Very hard to follow. Great story, not a great audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Bryce Parks

    The story may be good. I'm not done with it yet. But the author reads this book and it was a HUGE mistake. His breathy droning was nearly torture. Once in a while he seems to try to put an accent on some characters but not others???? He usually sounds like he's reading a book, not telling a story. His pacing and inflection come off like you can hear him reading each word without knowing the sentiment of the sentence in advance, which is odd. Hes' the author. You'd think he'd know the proper presentation of each sentence. He ruined his own book with his sleep-inducing performance. Let the writers write and the performers perform.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • MA AT

    Couldn't wait to get in my car and drive the 2.5 hours to work. Wanted to listen to this book more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the story but the author should have let someone else read it. He was very stilted and doesn't do voices well. Worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This was a big disappointment after Wicked. I am not sure what I expected but as others have said, it just kind of rambles around. The person who said we didn't find out if Liir was Elphaba's son or not should re-read the end; I think the answer is there. It also leaves the groundwork for a third book, which I hope there will be. I love the book Wicked and have seen the play twice, and will soon see it a third time. It is the most captivating story and I feel the best musical ever produced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Jane Shubsda

    I enjoyed listening to this book on tape. It was read by the author who did an excellent job. There is an interview with him at the end of the book which was very helpful with some of the problems I had with "Wicked" and "Son of a Witch", which is he leaves so many loose ends and questions. If you enjoyed "Wicked", you will enjoy "Son of a Witch". It answers some questions (yet leaving some unanswered) from "Wicked" and leaves a lot of questions unanswered on its own. I would highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachel Reese

    Didn't love Wicked but really wanted to because I love the idea and so many other seem to be so captivated. Maguire has a fragmented writing style that leaves lots of ends untied, and while he claims this is what he is going for, it's just not for me. I struggled through reading Wicked myself and struggled through the slow pace at which Maguire reads Son of a Witch, in which nothing really happens except die the main character being continuously confused about who he is... What's the message? If you liked Wicked and Maguire style in general though, you may like this one. This is just one person's take.