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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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Disappointed, and just couldn't finish it.

As a huge fan of A Wrinkle in Time, I was so disappointed in A Swiftly Tilting Planet. It was weird, and kept following other characters, when all I wanted was a true adventure with Charles Wallace. I kept listening for much longer than I should have, and once I realised that no-one was forcing me to listen and that I just didn't care how it ended, I turned it off and have no desire to finish it (1hr 30mins left on it). I won't be getting anything else by this author. I'm calling Wrinkle a one-hit wonder.

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  • Denise Swift
  • 20-03-2012

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
  • 03-03-2016

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
  • 24-03-2015

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
  • 21-05-2012

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
  • 04-07-2018

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
  • 13-05-2016

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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  • Jessica Gilbert
  • 20-06-2018

Another Great Read!

loved the book. I like the way myths and scripture and different ideas are all woven together

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  • Joyce Doyen
  • 24-05-2018

Loose Ends

I liked this book the most of the the Trilogy.It would make a wonderful movie if they did it right. It would be a very hard movie to make. It tied up all the loss ends but left room if they wanted to add on to the story . A very good book to say the the least.

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  • funred
  • 19-05-2018

A “filler” book

This book, while important event in the timeline of the series, was like the “cliff notes” of a book and too wordy at the same time. That’s an oxymoron I know but it’s my perspective. I would not have read this with my children when they were in the authors targeted age group because of some content that was too brutally dark. Not sure if I want to read/listen to anymore of this series.

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  • Danielle
  • 19-05-2018

kind of confusing plot

not sure how they got from point to point b. some stuff happens and then everything turns out alright? not sure about it.

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  • J
  • 15-05-2018

Good for those who liked the first

the story is not as challenging, and the performance a bit mannered, but both are charming and worthwhile.

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  • PTD
  • 26-07-2017

AMAZING!!

I love this story. It is amazing. The history aspect is incredibly detailed. Ananda seems to be a lot more than just a dog

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  • Rose
  • 06-11-2016

Very good, a little confusing

Very good, lots of similar character names which are probably easier to deal with when seeing them written down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-2015

Not at all like the previous two books

The story is confusing, hopping between the minds of historical characters. Not at all like the previous two books in the series. Some wonderful moments and images.

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  • Sophia
  • 22-03-2012

A poor delivery

I suspect that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I might have done, because Jennifer Ehle's reading was truly awful.