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A touch of computer keys, a blast of heat, and suddenly the Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are gasping in a shimmering desert land. If only the brothers had normal parents, not a scientist mother and a father who experiments with space and time travel. If only the Murry twins had noticed the note on the door of their mother's lab: Experiment in Progress. Please Keep Out

But it's too late for regrets. There's a strange - and very small - person approaching, with a miniature mammoth in tow....

At last it's Sandy and Dennys's turn for an adventure - an adventure that turns serious when they discover that many waters are coming to flood the desert. The twins must find a way back home soon, or they will drown. But how will they get back to their own time? Can they?

©2007 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2007 Listening Library

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Love! Mildly suggestive material.

I read this series, as a child, and this was my favorite book of the series.
It's so fascinating, to bring to life the story of Noah and the flood, and combine it with science fiction.
Having said that, I would like to warn parents about a couple of "iffy" parts, that were mildly uncomfortable or suggestive. First, it talks about the girls being topless, and having "small, rosy breasts, which she covered". My boys were a bit embarrassed. It was handled as tastefully as possible, but...
Next, there is some seduction, and also a part where it says that the main character "...knew what he wanted, what his body wanted, and that he was ready for it. But not with this girl....but with the other one..." This is while a girl is trying to seduce him.
I am really picky, with my kids, and these parts, I would have preferred weren't there...but they did pass so quickly, that I am not sure that my kids really noticed. (My oldest is 12 1/2.)
I just think it's fair to warn parents.

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  • Mhlia
  • Medford, MA
  • 04-26-12

Loved the book, not the narrator

I love this series from Madeleine L'Engle and I've read Many Waters a number of times. In listening to it, I found that it is a better book read than heard. I'm not sure if that came from the narration or if the book really was more simplistically written than Wrinkle In Time series featuring Meg and Charles Wallace.

I have listened to the other older books in this series and found them to be as good as I remember the written novels. The narrator was wonderful with different voices for different characters and really drawing me into the book. I found the narrator for this book to be very hard to listen to. Her words were overly enunciated to the point of being distracting and there was very little nuance in her voice or how she spoke the characters or situations. It was clear to me that she was "reading a book" rather than "telling a story" which tends (for me) to be the best part of the audio book. I would actually go out of my way not to listen to a book with this narrator.

That being said, I love this story and was overall disappointed in the performance.

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Should have been book #3 instead of book #4

Great book however completely different than the others. This book should have been book 3 instead of book 4 because the timing is a little out of sort. This book is before Meg goes to college and the 3rd is after college. So that's my only criticism here other than that the book was great, a different voice reading tho. It was nice to hear about the twins in this book but definitely a different twist then the others. Still a good read however doesn't keep you as interested as the other books do.

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Crazy book

I don't like the narrator her voice is so weird , there's no difference in her voice but the book is good.

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Love and Pain...and Delight

I thoroughly enjoy exploring possible scenarios for historical eras we know little about. Madeleine L'Engle adds her considerable creativity to the archaeological mix and a powerful story emerges. The power is in the heart-pain we suffer for people we love dearly but are seemingly unable to "save" from what ever catastrophic danger they are facing. The author delves into the strengths and weaknesses of the human heart, painting vivid portraits of the basic temptations we all encounter and following the characters' varied responses to the ultimate consequences, for better and for worse.

Plus, who doesn't love a story that includes unicorns, mammoths, and pelicans? The unicorns and pelicans are recurring theme's in L'Engle's work, but mammoths? You'll have to read the book to learn about those cute loveable furry creatures; yes, that's how the author draws them. Really. It's a delight to read



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L'Engle is inspired!

L'Engle weaves quantum science with mythology and philosophy in ways more creative than previous novels in the series. The story is slow in some points, but still captivating to the imagination and thought provoking to the enraged reader.

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Favorite book so far!

Loved it! Great story and very well read. Felt like I was there and could see it.

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Flashback

Another great book in the series. I was able to get into this one from the beginning (book 2 and 3 took some time).My only complaint was the narrator, being different from the first 3 books, I don't always do well with change. The sound was somewhat distorted. Overall the story was great and it kept my interest the entire time.

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Best of the series!

Beautiful! Great read! Best book of the series. Beats A Wrinkle in Time by far!

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Story was great but chapters are wrong

What did you love best about Many Waters?

I enjoyed the twist on the Biblical story of the flood.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the twins, Sandy and Dennis, finally had the spotlight on them after 3 books of them being just the twins. I liked the mix of the flood story as told in the Bible and science.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wish that she had done different voices for Sandy and Dennis. Sometimes when they were talking to one another, I couldn't tell who said what because she didn't do anything different for their voices.

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

Science and the flood mix.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook said it was 7 chapters, but there would be 2 "book" chapters in one audiobook chapter. It was a pain to figure out how much longer there was left in a "book" chapter.