Gregory Maguire's first three books, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Lost, have earned him rave reviews and a dedicated literary following. He received his doctorate from Tufts University and has served as an artist-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Centre, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Hambidge Centre. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Wildly imaginative Maguire returns with this highly anticipated third installment of his popular Wicked Years saga. Maguire continues to poke fun at the classic The Wizard of Oz, this time offering the story of Brrr, the Cowardly Lion. Brrr agrees to act as a lackey for the emperor of Oz rather than serve an unfair jail sentence in a land where talking animals are being oppressed. Narrator John McDonough has a tough task bringing such an otherworldly tale to life, but he triumphantly succeeds. He delivers a stunning reading that displays his range as a performer and captures listeners' hearts and minds. McDonough¿s reading is flawless; he never uses phony voices or forced emotions to create unusual and unique characters. The result is an unforgettable book for listeners young and old. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 1). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
In this third entry in his "Wicked Years" series-following Wicked and Son of a Witch-Maguire (www.gregorymaguire.com) returns to Oz, this time homing in on Brrr, aka the Cowardly Lion. Though at times needlessly complex, the story ultimately both intrigues and entertains. Audie Award winner John McDonough's (Grace Will Lead Me Home) performance is adequate, though Brrr's low growlings can be difficult to understand. Recommended for most fiction collections. [Audio clip available through www.harperaudio.com; the Morrow hc was recommended "for all fiction collections," LJ 10/15/08.-Ed.]-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.