Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
From the Trade Paperback edition.
©1962 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2011 Random House Audio
Busy mom and "Nana." Love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana
Have always loved this book and when I found it in unabridged form I was thrilled. The first copy I purchased was narrated by the author, and while I love her books - I could not stand the sound of her voice. I was never able to get through the audio version because of it.
Now this new narrator is great and gives the feel of Meg Murray and her family. She does a great job. Story, great, narrator great - definitely recommended.
Yes. I read this book as a child and loved it, I wanted to relive it with audio as I drove to my sisters house. I would recommend this to a friend to entertain you on a road trip, or nostalgia, or for your kids!
There are no other books I have read that compare to this classic. I love the science fiction woven into a childrens book!
No I haven't. I might have to, if she did any other Madeline L'Engle's audio books I might soon!
Travel to an alternate solar system and back.
I was always bothered by Mrs. Whatsit's talking in quotes, that has always bothered me when people speak in quotes.
One of my favorite books from childhood. Hope Davis narrating is great. I first attempted to listen to a version narrated by the author, and it was unlistenable. Ms. L'engle is a genius writer, but her voice is not appropriate for the protagonist, and is, unfortunately, very spitty. And moist.
An obvious double meaning! I'm in my mid-60's, and I think all of my children read this book in the early- to mid- teens. I remember my daughter (the oldest) telling me I should read it, way back then, but I never got around to it. When I saw it for sale here I decided it was about time I checked it out. I'm so glad I did.
I enjoyed seeing the different personalities and strengths and weaknesses of the children in the story. I enjoyed seeing how Meg's mind worked, and how honest she was. It is a beautiful story, beautifully told.
from Knowledge Lost
I can see why this book is a children???s classic; the adventure, intrigue and fantasy world combine together to make a truly fantastic novel. This is the first time I???ve read this book and I do feel like I missed out on experiencing this as a child. The three children in this book are great characters, not the typical sweet kids you seem to find in children???s stories; these kids have flaws and have been told to embrace them. Through their adventures to Camazotz you find that all the kids talents work together to help each other; Calvin shows an interest in philosophy, Meg with her talent for mathematics and Charles' intellectually curious.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the intrigue kept pushing me through this book. The weirdness of the plot and the world reminded me a little of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass and how much I enjoyed reading that book. Don???t let the fact that this is a Children???s classic stop you from reading this book; like Alice???s Adventures in Wonderland this is equally enjoyable to read as an adult. The philosophical and religious metaphors in the book would make this the perfect book to dissect and explore deeper.
I was recommended the book by a friend after I said how much I enjoyed Narnia.
A bit heavy handed with it's christian metaphors, and I could have done without the "perfect guy falling in love with the quirky protagonist with low self esteem" but that doesn't intrude much, if at all, with what's amazing about the story.
All the characters are amazing
The worlds are amazing
The truths and metaphors are amazing
The lessons are amazing.
This is not really like any other book I have listened/read. Time Travelers Wife is what I was thinking of when I ordered this. I was happy with the story and am not sure how young a reader I would give this to.
I know this is a children's book but felt it perhaps should be a young adult book. I liked it very much.
My students lived it and were sad it ended.
Charles Wallace was adorable.
Loved her voices for the different characters.
Introduction of mrs. Whatsit was heart warming.
A Wrinkle in Time is a fantastic book, as are all the Madeleine L'Engle books I have read. I was eager to listen to it on Audible with my kids. It started off well enough. Hope Davis has a pleasant voice when reading as the "Narrator" of the story and when voicing Mrs. Murry. For the most part she does an admirable job of varying her voice for each of the characters in the story. However, her voices for the characters quickly become tiresome and grating. Meg, the main character, comes off as whiny, so much so that one quickly wants to tune her out. Calvin's voicing has a quality to it that is almost cartoonish and unbelievable. Charles Wallace's voice changes between sounding like a tired old lady and grating like fingernails on a chalkboard. Finally, Mrs. Which's voicing is so weirdly ghost-like that one can barely understand what she is saying. None of my children liked Mrs. Which's voice. Arguably, L'Engle writes Mrs. Which in such a way as that it would be challenging to voice her in any medium. So kudos to Ms. Davis for attempting that daunting task. I just wish that the diction would have been clearer.
Ms. Davis does a lovely job with her foreign language pronunciations for Mrs. Who in Latin, German, French and Spanish. Unfortunately, the breathless quality with which she voices Mrs. Who while at the same time rushing through those beautiful lines and their translations, leaves the listener with a sense of loss at not being able to fully appreciate the quotes and how marvelously L'Engle uses them to add to the story.
While I highly recommend A Wrinkle in Time, I would say that if the voicings matter a great deal to you then be sure to listen to samples from other narrators before making your selection. Keep in mind that this is a hard book to narrate, though, so despite the fact I'm not a fan of Ms. Hope's voices for the characters, I do believe she put a great deal of effort into each voice and into keeping them mostly consistent throughout the book.
"sci fi for the young adult."
its a long time since I was a young adult but I did enjoy this book. its not in the harry potter or the secrets of the immortal Nicholas flamel series league but is a good introduction into the sci fi/ fantasy genre leading onto the great writers - Arthur c clark, Asimov, neil gaiman, terry pratchet.and phllip pullman
fast paced, good characterisation, a little scary, a happy ending what more could you ask for.
the narrator at times seemed to be a little stilted but acted the parts well.
"Exciting for younger readers"
Very inventive. My children loved it and could not wait to finish it. They are 9 and 11.
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