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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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  • Mhlia
  • Medford, MA
  • 2012-04-26

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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  • tracie
  • 2013-06-24

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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  • Ms.A
  • 2018-02-26

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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  • Alina Negomireanu
  • 2018-02-04

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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  • HopSez
  • 2015-06-20

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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  • t.garcia
  • 2019-04-29

a wonderful story

As with the previous stories, I fell in love with each character and became emotionally invested in their situations. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Janis W
  • 2019-03-21

A very enjoyable Sci-Fi jaunt

An engaging story that kept me guessing at what would come next with an interesting premise about traveling through time/space. Keeping it tied to biblical events grounded the story, mixing in scientific theory gave it credibilty and adding mythological creatures gave it the whimsy needed to keep it from being too dry. A fun read!

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  • Rev. P. R. Miller
  • Lancaster, PA USA
  • 2019-01-14

The best of her pieces

While it does take quite a few liberties, and there are some pieces that just seem out of place thematically ("the manticores"), the story was quite good. There are a few places where L'Engle finds herself as the champion of a soapbox speech and anachronistic criticism, but overall, this was the best of her work in the Quintet.

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  • Maverick’s Trove
  • United States
  • 2018-12-01

Many Waters

I love this book. The 1st one is probably my favorite still but I enjoy this one a lot too. I wish there were more books in this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-06

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.