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A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Written by: Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this companion volume to A Wrinkle In Time (Newbery Award winner) and A Wind In The Door fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace's sister, Meg - grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother's thoughts and emotions by "kything" - goes with him in spirit.

But in overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.

©1978 Crosswicks, Ltd (P)2012 Listening Library

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Take the chance.

This has long been one of my favourites. I love the writer, she never had a bad day. If you're also a fan, and haven't yet read this one, indulge yourself. You won't be sorry.

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  • Denise Swift
  • 2012-03-20

Re-experience the magic

I was a precocious reader and wished to re-experience some of my fond childhood places. I found it every bit as charming as I did the first time so many years ago. Still entertaining and still enlightening.

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  • Richard M. Hurlbut
  • 2016-03-03

A brilliant story superbly told!

Madeleine L'Engle always inspires me. She brings together science fiction, theology and philosophy in vivid fictional narrative. I have returned to this book often and it never disappoints!

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  • Amanda May Coussoule
  • 2015-03-24

Narration distracts from story

Story doesn't hold up as we'll over time as I expected, but even then, the narration is just not-quite-right throughout the book.

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  • T. H. Flowers
  • 2012-05-21

Wonderful story!

Would you listen to A Swiftly Tilting Planet again? Why?

I read this book when I was young so it was a treat to listen to it. Even after all of the years between then and now it remains a wonderful story that is full of hope and promise and some history as well. Madeline L'Engle is a fanstastic story teller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Swiftly Tilting Planet?

All of it was great, but I particularly liked the parts where Charles Wallace entered into other characters to reveal their stories.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ehle???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I really enjoyed her reading.

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

I wouldn't say that there was one moment, there were many - most of them dealing with the character of mankind.

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  • Jonathan Hopkins
  • 2018-07-04

Richness, depth, a sense of interconnectedness

I have just finished the first three books in the Time Quintet series. This is by far the deepest and most emotionally rich of the three. There are some cultural problems with the story which grow out of beliefs and biases from the time when the book was written - especially the over-idealization of American Indian culture as innocent and pure, which has a bit of a racist overtone. But aside from a few of these problems, the story is compelling. The book makes you feel the interconnectedness of humanity and it stresses the importance of living to heal the past and the future. Highly recommend.

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  • Clifford Simmons
  • 2016-05-13

Good read

Good book. Not as good as the 1st two books but still good. I would recommend it to anyone who is reading the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-21

Kind of offensive opening

I read these books as kids, but they're a bit hard to reread - the way the writer handles the children is just over the top fawning sometimes. And the intro is pretty offensive in the way it slams poor and rural people as so much dumber and less cultured than the vaunted children and their PhD parents. It's kind of a paean to the virtues of the intellectual classes.

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  • Spatty
  • 2019-07-12

Really good👍👍👍

I love it 💕 💖 💗 💜 💓 💛 💚 💙 💘 also like animals😺

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  • Michael
  • 2019-05-24

Excellent sequel...

an "on the edge of your seat" part of the series. I would not propose reading this prior to the other two. An open mind and ability to follow this author's timing and intertwining of characters, gifts, understanding of possibilities outside of our every day experiences are a good exercise. Entertaining, yet not mindless.

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  • Maverick’s Trove
  • 2019-02-22

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

I really liked this book. Not as much as the first or 2nd book but it was still a good one. I don't know why but I never thought I'd like this book series growing up, at least I like it now. I thought it was cool that this book had a main character that was a unicorn in it. I never really read // listen to books that have unicorn in them. I was confused a couple times listening to the book so I'm going to give it another try to see if I hear something I didn't pick up on the first time. I hope Disney continues to make this book series into movies because I'd love to see all of the books in this series turned into movies.