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Publisher's Summary

Madeleine L'Engle's groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture. This movie tie-in audiobook includes an introduction read by director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis. 

Meg Murry, 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? 

In 1962, Madeleine L'Engle debuted her novel A Wrinkle in Time, which would go on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal. Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story became a classic of children's literature and is beloved around the world. Now Disney is taking it to the silver screen! Directed by Ava DuVernay and with an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and newcomer Storm Reid, the major motion picture brings the world of Wrinkle to life for a new generation of fans. 

A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time

©1962 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2011 Random House Audio

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Thank You for a New Narrator

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.

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Great narration.

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.

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Just as I remembered it as a child

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

What other book might you compare A Wrinkle in Time to and why?

There are no other books I have read that compare to this classic. I love the science fiction woven into a childrens book!

Have you listened to any of Hope Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. I might have to, if she did any other Madeline L'Engle's audio books I might soon!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Travel to an alternate solar system and back.

Any additional comments?

I was always bothered by Mrs. Whatsit's talking in quotes, that has always bothered me when people speak in quotes.

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First book my....

...mother read to me as a child. The movie trailer triggered the memory for me. I haven’t read it since and figured it was high time I did.

The story was fantastic, it touched mathematics, numerous sciences and still connected it spiritually. It is a rare thing for an author to attempt to make all sides have their fair say, it is rarer still for an author to so successfully accomplish it.

I found the narrator to be so-so, her Meg voice just annoyed the heck out of me, thus the mid tier rating.

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Winderful, captivating, story

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It's still a fun and fabulous book. I first read it when I was a preteen or teenager, and the only thing was the struggle between "good" and "evil". I have read it several times since then, and each time I get a little more from it. I doubt that the author intended it to be an allegorical treatise on good versus evil, but it can be twisted and used and interpreted and applied to so many situations that it is easy to create it.
I realized this time that that the main character is only 13. It seems wrong in many ways, except that when I first read it, I was about that, and she seemed so right.
It's about a girl, Meg, who gets involved in a search for her missing scientist father, with her younger (five-year-old) "strange" brother, Charles-Wallace and a 15-year-old boy, Calvin, that she just met but is equivalently (although totally differently) strange. They get taken up by three wacky superhuman women and travel through galaxies and experience true evil incarnate. All of the characters are well-defined, and when you think that there's a chink, you determine that it's really just humanity written in. I strongly recommend this!

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 04-10-18

Throwing in the towel - totally unlistenable

I'm roughly 2 hours in and I give up. The narration has been disappointing from the beginning - the tone overly dramatic, failing to create an authentic feel for the characters. Meg and Calvin are especially over done. I was going to push through anyway, but then Mrs. Which came into the picture, and that did it. The drawn out wailing voice is unlistenable. I'll get this in print to discover the rest of the story, but because of the horrible narration, this is going back.

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Good Rewind to my youth.

I felt like a kid again reading this. It was one of my favorites as a child. I was surprised at how simplistic it seemed to me now. The Narrator did well.

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  • Robert
  • United States
  • 12-18-17

Classic fairy tale

I really enjoyed the story, but it took a lot of effort to get past the voice for Meg. She felt like a parody of a whining child, reminiscent of Veruca Salt. The inner monologues made her an enjoyable character, but I feel like I’ll enjoy it more as a physical read.

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Life is like a sonnet & she made poetry out of it!

If you wanna know more about this book and my experience, look for me! Inkish Kingdoms! (Wordpress)

The narration and the performer are amazing and outside of this world! She changes her voice totally for all the characters! You can totally follow the story just with her voices, such an experience! I will totally recommend you this amazing book!!

Regarding the book, the main character was at some point so annoying and immature. More at the end of the book than at the beginning. The message the author wants us to see through this character, or at least that is what I see, is to love yourself even with all your flaws. Besides, this title is for “kids” so I really like that message.

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Childhood Classic

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.

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  • Rose
  • 08-04-16

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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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 04-08-14

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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  • Peter
  • 02-28-18

Could be better

Felt the reading was weak. Never seemed to get going. Would have preferred a more expressive performance.

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  • Rob W.
  • 01-05-18

Great story, well read!

I did not know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the excellent performance.

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  • Linda
  • 09-11-17

Not for me.

I liked the look of the film, and therefore decided to give the book a shot. Reading it however made me realise that books narrated through the perspective of a child are no longer for me. The story was relatively short and concise, but the constant narration of the fear and then the subsequent bratiness and me against the world attitude makes me remember that I am not the target audience for this story. It irritated me and made the readers voice grind on my nerves with the repetition of said things. Perhaps I've missed the point, and am missing what makes this story great, but not everything is for everyone and this is unfortunately was not for me.

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  • MRS R SIMPSON
  • 10-02-18

Early Sci Fi for children

I bought this book in 1966 when I had just begun High School, and it has remained a favourite of mine for years. The story is a lovely tale about an average American family with highly intelligent parents, and two of their four children unusual and intelligent in their own special way. When their father disappears without explanation the two unusual children find themselves in the middle of a science fiction adventure to discover where their father is and how to get him and themselves safely home. They discover with the help of 3 ladies how to travel through space and time and to rescue their father from a strange planet. Their discoveries also help them learn a lot about themselves and how to cope better with life when they return to Earth. To say anymore would spoil the story, and I deliberately have not been to see the film recently made of this book, mainly because the 3 ladies who help them bear no resemblance to those in the book. The 3 ladies in the book for me were part of the reason for reading on as they were so strange, and almost believable.

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  • Josephine Lisle
  • 10-02-18

Excellent and heart breaking!

Captivating, powerful and full of magic. I loved it from start to finish! Simply wonderful.

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  • Mark Butler
  • 09-27-18

Not truly special, but it is a great kids book.

I know this book has a lot of history and it is easy to see why it resonates so strongly with some people, but not with me. It is a great kids book and has many rewarding features . It has aged very well indeed (1962) which shows how great it is, and it may be that its age is what cant hook me now I read it for the first time now (2018). Lovely characters and I wish this was a book that I had read to my kids when they were young. They got Charlotte and Jonathan Livingstone instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

Children's classic that isn't as good now as then.

Loved this book as a child. Probably my first sci fi. I would have read this when I was about 5/6. As a sci fi primer for kids I think it's still probably worth trying, but now I'd introduce them to the graphic novel rather than the book or this audio.
The audio for this is horrible. A really grating performance. As a result I couldn't tell if I hated the writing or simply the delivery. As a child I also missed the disturbing Christian overtones to the writing, that really bother me now. This was conceptually ground breaking in its day. I'm sure that now there are plenty of other books now that do the same job, but far better..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-18

This was ok

I’ve listened to better readers’ voices. Unfortunately this one didn’t pull me into the story. Interesting plot, although confusing slightly in places, but worth a try.

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  • Deborah
  • 06-23-15

Great story

I loved the tension that built the out the story. Narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Jayne
  • 07-07-16

So enjoyable

Had to read this at school some 40 years ago and still love it just as much.

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  • Mountain Girl
  • 01-25-18

No idea whAts happening

Chapter six and still no idea what's happening I've been starting from beginning and still nothing

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  • Judith Price
  • 08-15-17

55 years later and pertinent still.

missed this when i was a kid. i loved the narration performance. the story is amazing for its' time. an enjoyable read. a young person's story but full of bravery and feeling fear but doibg it anyway. what we all need in the 21st century.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 09-12-18

Not for me

I really just didn’t enjoy this book at all. I found it so boring and the characters are all incredibly unlikable. I guess it just wasn’t for me.

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  • Karen Ashbury
  • 06-05-18

Wrinkle in time book review

Dear all, I answer to the name Scout, and I am very fond of this book. I am writing to say this read was incredible and it is one of my ultimate favourites so far in my lifetime. I thought that it was pretty cool that you included science, space and time in this book. I adore science, and the fact that A Wrinkle in Time is futuristic and involves creatures on different planets is super quirky. I would recommend this book to any curious person, 10 yrs or above, who loves to read science fiction and fantasy books and always wonders about the world.

Scout

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-18

What a lovely story.

Recommended for adults and children alike. Read beautifully by Hope Davis. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Julie
  • 03-30-18

FANTASTIC

This book is really engaging, and really pulls you into the story so you don’t want to pause it!! I definitely recommend. Best for ages 13 and up.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 03-25-18

Listen before watching

In anticipation of the movie and after having students ask if we had it on the library shelf I went and downloaded an audio copy of the book. Mine included an introduction by the director, a forward by the author and an afterwards by Madeleine’s granddaughter. I admit that these were as interesting as the story itself.

It is amazing to think that this book is as old as it is. The premise holds up very well in these times as it is about a quest to save a loved one. The children in the story have to go through a number of trials and strange encounters to save themselves and the father of two of them.

At the time of publication (1962), science fiction written for children was virtually unheard of; Dr Who didn’t start until 1963. It was controversial when it came out and on many banned books lists - especially in the US. It is reasonably fast paced and easy for children to follow. Some of the work references and ‘modern’ ideas may have to be explained to children, but this could generate a great discussion on how we have changed over time.

There are better Sci Fi books out there for children, but it does have a slightly nostalgic appeal. Reading it aloud to children would encourage discussion, much like Enid Blyton stories do.

The reader of this audio book, Hope Davis, did an amazing job of making each character an individual with her voices and the way the characters spoke. It was easy to keep up with each character as the story went on.

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  • Mrs S T Cottam-Warnock
  • 01-18-18

So hard to get into

I love listening to Audible books but even by chapter 8 I am still struggling to like the annoyance of the narrators voice and they story is so slow. This is the first one I will not finish