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" so 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.
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 Literary Exploration
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book ranks near the top. I'm recovering from surgery and listening to this and other books helps me forget the pain. I read this book when my daughter was in Middle School (she's now out of college) and was hooked. When I saw A Wrinkle in Time offered as an audiobook, there was no question - I had to have it. Everyone should read/listen to this and other books by Madeleine L'Engle.
I believe the title is Ender's Game. Another book offered as one for a younger audience, but don't be fooled by that. It's a great book. Books dealing with time and space facinate me.
Hope Davis' choice of voices for all the characters was interesting. That must be a difficult task for the reader to choose which voice's she'll use; voices that she believes in and that will reach her audience.
No, I would get so relaxed that I would fall a sleep (I listened to this book at night.) I would always go back to the chapter I lasted remembered and start from there. It's a great book and I didn't mind listening to parts I'd already heard the night before.
As I mentioned in the heading, this is a book for all ages!
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.
"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.
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