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
Revisiting my first favorite book. Read this in sixth grade and it left a serious impression. Had the joy to read this with my son recently with a speaker plugged in while we worked in an art project. As mesmerizing and excellent and I remember. Hope Davis also does a wonderful job narrating.
Ages 8 to 48 and everyone loved it. As one of the children commented, it was very suspenseful!
Me and my son listened to a chapter for breakfast. It was a wonderfully read story and I recommend it to everyone out there. My son loved it and it kept him wanting to hear more.
This has been one of my favorite books since I read it when I was very young. The whole "Time Quartet" holds a special place in my heart honestly and, growing up, those books really solidified my love of the fantastical in literature - while never seeming to need to dumb down everything, which I always appreciated. The protagonist, Meg, is wonderfully flawed and when scared or upset seems to reflexively become angry to protect herself. I love how that is used throughout.
And her little brother, Charles Wallace is odd in this great way that is recognized as being both good and bad. It is fascinating to me the way they show how Charles is viewed by his family and their smaller community, through only a few conversations/interactions
Gah. I don't want to give things away but I could talk about this book for hours.
There is a definite bent towards the religious/spiritual that feels slightly more intrusive to me now then it did when I was first reading this, but nowhere near enough to interrupt the storyline.
Love Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Davis did a great job reading it.
I felt like it was written for a specific audience and I don't think most of my friends would appreciate it for themselves. If they had kids 12 to 15 years of age, then the adults might enjoy it as well.
One of the mystery writers wrote a book about young teens who had adversities to face in their magical world. I would compare this to that because of the lessons the books taught - family, God, and working together are the tools needed to resolve their problems were pretty much the same..
I thought the narration was a bit cheesy, but then I had to consider the audience, and maybe it was OK
Well, you could so that they could continue to fight the dark thing, but no, they resolved their problems in the one book.
This isn't my normal cup of tea for reading, but it was a definite mind-cleansing change of pace. I enjoyed it.
Narrator just right. Liked the differences between the characters, tho the mother seems almost too good to be true. Compelling metaphorical story.
For some reason, I never was able to get through this series as a child although it lived on my bookshelf for many years. Listening to the book with my daughters was a magical experience!
There as a lyrical rhythm to the narration and it was clear which characters were speaking. I suspect that we will be listening to this one again at some point.
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