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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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gives the feels <br />

great mix of mystery and adventure
read as a kid and still hit a special cord as an adult

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Beautiful book

So glad I listened to this book! I love it! It is much like Anne of Green Gables ... never ages!

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Love this story

such a great imagination. This story kept you intrigued and wanting more. I couldn't stop listening...

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Not a huge fan

I’m not a big fan of this book, too pedantic for my taste.
I found the narrator annoying. The only reason I stuck with it is because my niece and I were reading it together and I needed a quick refresher.

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Best book I have listened to this year!

Beautifully written story. Well read and engaging. It inspires and challenges through its symbolism and characters. Recommended for all ages. I will be reading it again with my children! I am very thankful that this book was written and published.

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Didn’t Live Up to Expectations

I had high expectations set in part by the long prologue and by the existence of a movie. I thought this would be a sci-fi fantasy, not a religious allegory.

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Wonderful

I'm an adult reading this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's amazing how much a story can transport you to another realm. Many themes are explored in this book including spirituality, love, sense of self, connection, etc. I had the audio version ( #Audible1 ) and the performance cast did an excellent job.

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Classic fantasy book

Here is a book that was written in the 60's (I read this in the late 70's), and thought that it would make a great movie series (which is now happening). It is one of those ageless books that one never tires of. The audible book brought me right back to when it read it 4 decades ago and I loved it every bit as much as I did then. The reading was very well done and would be a great listen for any long road trip with children (or for those adults who love this sort of thing). The story is very magical as well as having a science bent to it.

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Whining voices

The narrator uses a very annoying whining voice for both Meg and Charles Wallace. Everything thing Meg says is with whining. Hard to listen to. Unbearable to the point that I had to stop listening to the book on my road trip. Will have to finish it by reading. Mrs Which also horribly acted. Couldn’t stand it when she spoke. Too bad.

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it was a little hard to follow..but was very entertaining.. I really liked it..narration was also good

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  • Patricia
  • 2012-02-01

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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  • Amazing Customer
  • 2014-11-17

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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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 2018-04-10

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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  • Cindy Rice
  • 2015-07-26

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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  • Shawn
  • 2017-12-14

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.

46 of 51 people found this review helpful

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • Chicago area
  • 2016-07-14

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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  • Shaun
  • 2012-12-17

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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  • diane
  • 2018-03-14

Not what I expected

This is a fresh take on life and the universe - especially being written back in the early 60's. I guess I was expecting better writing -- but as a children's book it can stand fine.
Kind of zany and good for kids. I had to see what all the hoopla was about, not having read the book in my childhood. I guess I am too old now - I thought the writing was mediocre and the main character of Meg a nervous, whining, emotional mess.

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  • Inkish Kingdoms
  • Inkish Kingdoms (Wordpress)
  • 2017-12-27

Life is like a sonnet &amp; 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.

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • United States
  • 2017-12-18

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.

33 of 39 people found this review helpful