The End of Oz Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this dark, action-packed fourth book in the New York Times best-selling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm travels from Oz to the twisted land of Ev, where she fights to free Oz from evil once and for all.
My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado swept me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die. That's right, everyone's favorite Wicked-Witch slayer had let the magic of Oz corrupt her. She turned evil. So I killed her.
But just when we thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, we were betrayed. Now I'm following the Road of Yellow Brick as it helps me escape toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. And what I'm about to find is shocking: My original mission may not have been successful.
I thought my job was over, but it's only just beginning. And it's up to me to foil Dorothy's plans for revenge - and finally save the land I've come to love.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 14, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #46,417 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Just when Amy and Nox think things might finally be going their way, they are proven dead wrong. Firstly, Glinda may not be as defeated as they thought, Dorothy might just in fact be alive, the Nome King is now public enemy number 1! Though Dorothy is still pretty high on that list too, maybe 1.5, just don’t tell her that! Lol. There’s lots to do and very little time to do it all. Factor in that Madison, Amy’s long time bully now turned ally is also stuck in Oz and wants nothing more than to go home and see her child again. Things are pretty crazy n this one, but it was nothing short of epic and amazing.
What surprised me right off the bat was that Dorothy actually get point of view time in quite a few chapters! It was amazing to finally be inside her head for a change! I mean, we’ve seen her be a bit whackadoodle this entire series and now to finally be in her head, you’d think she’d be nothing but crazy talk, and while there is some of that, you also notice a bit of sanity and loneliness. She’s not the villain we all knew back from book one.
Dorothy actually gets “rescued” by the Nome King who wants to make her his queen, yet Dorothy knows she can’t trust this old goat, for he is rather older than her, and she bows to no one. She’s wise to what his real plans are and naturally, starts making plans of her own. Ones that will have to include Amy Gumm.
This book was pretty exciting! For a while I almost wondered if Amy and her friends would be joining with Dorothy, however temporary, in order to defeat the Nome King. But that’s not how things go at all. Amy and Nox still have plans to kill her and free Oz. Madison tagging along was quite the trip though! She wasn’t magically inclined and seeing her truly be a friend to Amy was kind of mind-blowing!
I was also surprised to see other new characters make an appearance that were from Oz lore, that I was aware of this time! Lol. And that would be Langwidere. While her name didn’t really ring any bells, it was really learning that she was the character who constantly changed her head whenever she felt like it! I remember being terrified of this when I saw the movie Return to Oz. Though I liked the spin that Danielle took with this particular character.
Things were pretty intense with this one but one thing I really enjoyed was watching Amy and Nox grow closer together. While I can’t remember much about the first half of the series, I just remember being swept away with their budding romance. As things progress, you start to wonder what their fate will be as Amy is starting to decide where she feels the most home at.
The ending is one I will likely never get over! And I can’t figure out how I mean that! Lol. I was reading the special edition version that included a bonus epilogue and I am now wondering if that was a good idea or a bad one because whoa! Where the ordinary ending leaves off leaves things nice and open-ended in a happy way, the epilogue gives you things to think about and ponder and wonder and oh wait! There’s not another book to see answers with! This is the aggravating part, and yet, in some ways, it was kind of exciting and almost happy-like. I can’t describe how I feel about it being so open-ended and at the height of a new adventure ready and waiting, but it feels right to see these characters live on…I just wish I could get a sneak peek at it! Lol.
One thing that bothered me, outside the ending which was really just a mix of emotions, was the thing with Glinda and Glamora. As things ended kind of off with Yellow Brick War I sort of expected there to be something more to them in this one, but there really wasn’t. And that leaves me baffled and wondering what the what?! You know? Oh well, just something that I wanted to mention as I felt like it needed addressing in the book to help make things feel more complete.
All in all, The End of Oz was exactly what I was hoping for in a series finale. There’s conclusion, resolution, and the hope for more adventures…even if we can live them out with the characters. I always like knowing that their stories won’t be over, even if they are in the written format. That’s just the weird part of being an avid reader I guess! Lol. The Dorothy Must Die series was a unique and engaging series that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way and I am sad to see that it’s over, but the adventure is one I will not forget!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
Here's the negative part, though: I did not want to hear anything from Dorothy's perspective. Adding chapters written completely from the perspective of the book's most despicable villain really bothered me. And I won't lie - I actually didn't read those chapters. I skimmed them a little - just to get the main idea - but I didn't read them. And even now that I've read the Amy's chapters at least twice (some of them more) I still can't get myself to read Dorothy's.
Had the book not ended so well, I might have knocked off a star. However, despite the waste of space with Dorothy's perspective, I can actually say this is my favorite book of the series (maybe because Nox and Amy finally admit their feelings).
I was so sad to see this series end. I would love to read any further adventures about Amy and Nox and this recreated Oz. I was so hungry for more that I actually purchased the B & N edition that included an epilogue. Yes - I paid for a hard cover edition of a book that I already owned, including shipping, and you know what? I don't regret it.
This series has easily become my favorite of all the books I've read! A wonderful story that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. It truly is a magical story that has it's own twist on an already magical classic. I've loved reading this and have full intentions of reading the prequels.
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the characters are all a bit generic. Amy and Madison are practically identical. though dorothy is an interesting character in theory she doesn't really stand out from the rest i would have liked to know more about the nome king ozma and lang i am not a fan of nox he is not a likeable character the characters all lack the humor of authors like derek landy
i feel like the ending was quite anti climactic all the back story and clues seemed to build to nothing time travel is a messy way to end any story and the ending was extremley confusing yet boringly easy everything felt to easy and alot of the timenothing was really going on theamys descicon was extremley predictable
the description wasnt quite wat it has been in eaelier book some of the sentences where quite clunky and there where a few mistakes (amy mentions dotothy and her evil fiancee befor shr knows they are engahesm
this is not awuite as good as the earlier ones i get the vfeeling the suthor was a bit rushed still a good book to many unanswered questions but pretty good plot
Unlike the rest of the books, where it is action-packed, this book has little action. And then there's the end, where (spoilers ahead), Amy travels back in time and tells Dorothy not to kill the Wicked Witch. I read this series to see Dorothy dead, not so there can be the most boring, anti-climatic ending. I also feel like Ev and the Nome King should've been explored more.
All in all, it's a waste of book.