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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann M. Martin Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9780807216729
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Hattie Owen prefers to be steeped in the familiarity of her small-town life than to think about the vast world beyond her own. Her family’s boarding house is where she feels most at home, with its eccentric tenants and predictable routines, so different from the controlling and repressive home of her well-to-do grandparents who live nearby.

But during the summer that Hattie turns twelve, her world is turned upside-down with the startling arrival of an uncle no one has ever spoken about. Now that Adam’s “school” (an institution for the mentally disabled) is closing, Hattie’s family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they’ve denied for years. And Hattie experiences a summer that expands her world in the most unpredictable ways.

With grace and compassion, Ann. M. Martin tells a story of a complicated and fated friendship in which listeners will lose a piece of their hearts. A Corner of the Universe was a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed Hattie's story and am looking forward to sharing it with my two older daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 2/5/2014

    " I liked this book because it was about home drama and I like home drama and teen drama. I give this book a B- because it was good but not good enough to brag about. I felt bad when the family members in Hattie's family made Adam leave the family because he had mental problems. I was worried at that part because he when off in the world by himself and I was worried he would get into trouble and get lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/5/2014

    " A great, yet sad book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey Wallace | 1/24/2014

    " My great uncle is actually down syndormed and I found this book like a bit of a comfort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the most emotional books I have ever read but it was amazing. Ann Martin did an amazing job capturing and telling the true emotions of this story. A Corner of the Universe is a book about a girl, Hattie, who moves into a boarding house. One summer she finds out about an uncle she never knew she had and his name is Adam. Adam is mentally handicapped and Hattie grows very close to him. Hattie is confused why people treat Adam so differently. Hattie meets a friend named Leila and Hattie gets Adam to sneak out of the house and they all go to the circus. After reading this book, I want to recommend it to all of my friends and I already have some family members reading it. For an emotional and fun ride, I would highly recommend this book. I could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 1rothermund_lindsey | 1/21/2014

    " I liked the book A Corner of the Universe. At first I thought that there were a lot of details mentioned at once and it was somewhat confusing to me, but as I read on it all made sense. A Corner of the Universe is a book about a girl named Hattie Owens, she has a big family; her parents own and run their own boarding house. The summer of her 12th birthday she meets a new family member, an uncle she never knew she had. He is different than the rest of the family and came to stay with Hattie's Nana and Papa for a while. This book is very touching and heartbreaking, the story about spending the summer with a new uncle and after a silly mistake, the tragedies that can occur. This book was very highly recommended to me and I am very glad that I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 1/20/2014

    " A seventh grader told me this was the best book she ever read. Talk about a recommendation! I fell in love with Adam, the uncle Hattie never knew she had. The wonderful portrayal of his voice and exuberant words by the reader, Judith Ivey, made me smile as I drove. She must have an Adam in her own life. He was obsessed with "I Love Lucy" and would often slip into re-telling or re-enacting key episodes when excited. The book is set in the late 1950s and so is rich with cultural details from small town American life, very familiar to me. There is joy here but also genuine tragedy, making it clear how hard it is to be different, and yet how important it is to value those who are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 1/1/2014

    " Brilliant. Beautiful. Inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " Its sad at some parts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2013

    " I don't quite know what to say about this book except that I thought it was amazing. I had a friend in Junior High that had a brother who had severe down's syndrome. He died when he was 9 years old. It's such a sad thing, but happy too because they are so innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassel | 10/19/2013

    " A deeply sad and moving book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/24/2013

    " This book was really good. Hatties unchel comes to visit and he acts like a child. she is the only one who understands him. It's better than i make it sound. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iriana | 9/12/2013

    " This book was one of the best children's book i've read. The plot is amazing. This book is one of those book that you don't expect to be so good, but it is. It has meaningful messages, heart throb story, and the supense that will drive you crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/23/2013

    " Hattie's adult uncle who she never knew about comes to live with her grandparents when his school (institution) is closed. This is a sweet and heartbreaking story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penney | 3/24/2013

    " My 12-year-old sister recommended I read this book, and I was pleasantly surprised by its quality. Simply told from the perspective of an astute 12-year-old, the story has more depth than expected. A good read for anyone and affirming for introverts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna-lena Schmitz | 2/24/2013

    " First of all, I loved the setting of the book and that it was told from the naiv view of a 11-year-old-girl. Liked the writing style and the more serious issue of the book and how one event can change your life, how every person you meet has an impact on you - good or bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 1/1/2013

    " I read this book a few years ago, so I don't really remember it, but I do remember absolutely loving it, its about a boy with autism or something (I cant really remember) but its so touching, and anyone could read it and love it. Its good to relate to, and Ann M Martin is a great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 12/6/2012

    " This book was good, but I couldn't wait to stop reading it. I enjoyed it while I was reading. Otherwise this book is kind of creepy and the ending is scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/18/2012

    " I feel like I read this fairly recently, but don't remember much of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 7/21/2012

    " It's a very touching sad story but at the same time realistic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spiderlily2 | 6/20/2012

    " it wasn't a very good book, but it had a good plot. t wss so...sad. meloncholy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 6/7/2012

    " This was one of my absolute favourite books when I was younger, but I sold off my paperback ages ago (along with Holes). Kind of regret it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Panzer | 6/3/2012

    " Natalie suggested this one and I am glad I read it and will try and discuss with her. Couple of troubling ideas for middle schoolers, I feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zombiegrl96 | 11/20/2011

    " very eye-opening and sad in some parts. makes you think differently about people with mental disabilities. I got this book at salvation army last summer and i'm so happy i did. the book looked sad and it wanted a home. an excellent summer-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahh | 9/10/2011

    " I think this book was sad but worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sami | 8/31/2011

    " another sad book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms.Atack MMS | 7/23/2011

    " A surprising story that stayed with me long after I closed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 7/7/2011

    " I read this when I was 13 and it was the only book written for my age group that wasn't totally lame and cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ody | 6/30/2011

    " Slow start but loved the message. I actually cried at the end, very touching book. I hope I'll find my corner of the universe soon, :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laxlover | 6/16/2011

    " A corner of the universe is my favorite book. I feel like the sitiation can really happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/11/2011

    " Not a bad look at how mental illness can affect a person and a family, in the 1950s and early 60s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elfiegirl | 6/2/2011

    " This was good,sweet, sad, sentimental, and all in all a very good book; but i sometimes wonder...what was the point.....???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabbie | 5/30/2011

    " Amazing book. You truly fall in love with the characters. I recommended it to my mom and she questioned why I always give her books that make her cry. It's so intense and very serious "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 5/28/2011

    " So emotional! It was amazingly written too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.B.Kitty | 5/27/2011

    " It was sooo said, the cover is the wall paper of my phone, it's my all time favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/27/2011

    " Read Alikes: Rules, Moon Over Manifest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydeli | 5/18/2011

    " Amazing, inspiring, and beautiful. SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!Adam's death was so sad! He killed himself over his love who he barely talked to. Sad! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carly | 5/8/2011

    " I only gave it a one because I am big on happy endings which this book certainly did not have. I read this in middle school and was much too adult for me at the time. Some of the book I really enjoyed, the happy times. Though the rest of it was hard for me to get through and the end broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/4/2011

    " It was a really good book! I thought it had a good story to it. In one part of the book I was very surprised about what happened. I think it's a good book I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories with unexpected twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rabia | 4/20/2011

    " Read it with the class. It was a really god book for a class book. I would recommend this to anyone in 7th grade and higher "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 3/31/2011

    " I loved this book! Adam is awesome :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/30/2011

    " There are some books that just lend themselves so completely to audio. A Corner of the Universe is such a book. Read by actress Judith Ivey, 11-yr-old Hattie Owen and her world come alive and enchant and engage the reader/listener. "

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About the Author
Author Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin is the bestselling author of the series the Baby-sitters Club, as well as the Main Street series and others. Her other acclaimed novels include A Corner of the Universe, a Newbery Honor Book.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.