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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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Not what I thought it was

I wanted to listen to this book in anticipation for the movie...I feel like this has to be the wrong story! Children's book with a children's plot, then it just ends. Was not a fan. Not really sure how they made a movie out of it.

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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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Brilliant

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.
Loved it.

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Cute, engaging and very interesting.

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

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.

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I know this is a children's book but felt it perhaps should be a young adult book. I liked it very much.

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  • nicole
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-04-13

Great read. 10 years or above

What did you love best about A Wrinkle in Time?

My students lived it and were sad it ended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charles Wallace was adorable.

What does Hope Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved her voices for the different characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Introduction of mrs. Whatsit was heart warming.

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Amazing book and even better performance

This book is regarded as one of the classics for a reason. It is certainly an amazing story. Madeleine l’engle is a very creative woman a a great storyteller. The performance was also great. I loved how Hope Davis (the “announcer”) used different voices to play the different voices. This is one of my favorite stories on audible.

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Don't wait decades to read this like I did!

If you liked Harry Potter or CS Lewis, read this! it's almost impossible to believe that this was written 50 years ago plus. This is a timeless classic which is more relevant today than ever. It's one of those YA novels that speaks to anyone and everyone. Beautiful universal story! I also appreciated the forward and afterward which are not to be missed. Great job Audible.

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Great for my 10 year old, sorry is a little rushed

Good fun story, some of the obscure riddles to get the kids through troubles are fun but not too deep for adults

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wow

This book was easy to breeze though. I remembered it vaguely as a child, but it means even more as an adult. Such a beautiful classic.