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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Time Quintet Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780739372029
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A flash of lightning, quivering ground, and, instead of her grandparents' farm, Polly sees mist and jagged mountains -- and coming toward her, a group of young men carrying spears.

Why has a time gate opened and dropped Polly into a world that existed 3,000 years ago? Will she be able to get back to the present before the time gate closes -- and leaves her to face a group of people who believe in human sacrifice?

This Commemorative Edition includes a new introduction by the Author.


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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie D | 2/20/2014

    " Loved it. Completely read all of these out of order but I really liked them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Bringhurst Familia | 2/16/2014

    " I've been a fan of Madeleine L'Engle since childhood, and read many of her books, both for children and adults. I've never really read one I didn't like. Until this one. Maybe my tastes have just changed and I need to go back and reread her other books, but An Acceptable Time really didn't do it for me. The plot was contrived, the way Polly interacted with the "natives" read like some kind of really old, non-PC cowboys and indians book, and I just never got involved in the story at all. Also, Zachary Gray, the dark, brooding love interest from several of her other books, reappeared in this one, and got turned from a disturbed but loveable young man into a whiny accomplice to attempted murder. This series could have done without a fifth book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/9/2014

    " My problem with this book isn't the story itself, although it didn't completely redeem the book for me. The dialogue was unbelievable. I've read the previous books in the Wrinkle in Time series, so I know the characters are unusually intelligent and articulate, but it's difficult to imagine people structuring sentences in such a way while speaking and so is a bit hard to take seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/18/2014

    " See first book for review of series and author =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randy | 1/15/2014

    " It was definitely not one of her better ones... I think L'Engle wrote to many books for them ALL to be amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 1/12/2014

    " I didn't like this book as well as the others in the time quintet. It's a little far removed from the original Murray family. . .Yet I do like the values that are taught in this book, forgiveness, selflessness, faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/11/2014

    " Awesome book. I love how Madeleine L'Engle moved to a different generation, but I hope the origanal characters, such as Meg, Charles Wallace, Sandy, and Dennys come over to visit sometime in the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/4/2014

    " A simple story about Polly finding a way to travel back in time. A bit long winded, but a nice tale "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fawn Rueckert | 12/21/2013

    " Enjoyable read, brings to mind Swiftly Tilting Planet, Calvin ans Megs Daughter stays with the Murrays. It dous get a little slow in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Diane | 12/17/2013

    " I didn't enjoy it as much as the Quartet, but it was a good read none the less. More time travel and a visit to the People of the Wind from previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/12/2013

    " Next to A Wrinkle in Time, this is my favorite of L'Engle's Time novels. And, after reading Many Waters (the fourth and penultimate in the series), I felt this novel redeemed the quintet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Denigan | 9/21/2013

    " Again, weird. Part of what always gets me is that L'Engle professed Christianity, but the ethics and morality of her fiction don't have any coherence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Sanderson | 9/19/2013

    " The first three Time books by L'Engle have some elements of religion that are just sort of there with the sci-fi story. The last two Time books are more about religion that they are the sci-fi. Definitely a step down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eremite | 9/19/2013

    " This is just like the other L'Engle time traveling books, except the ending is worse and there aren't any weird creatures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥ Sarah ♥ | 12/8/2012

    " Didn't like it as much as the other books via Wrinkle in Time etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 10/8/2012

    " It got really confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zarakoda | 9/8/2012

    " L'Engle's use of "explaining" how two people born thousands of years apart could meet each other... the book was very unique in that aspect, even if a bit slow concerning plot. Still, it was very tense and is definitely a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 8/8/2012

    " I remember this one being hard to read. The style of narration was more objective, I think. But still a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe | 4/15/2012

    " This wasn't a very good book. Barely anything new happened in the first 200 pages, and I struggled to actually keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ex.libris | 2/24/2012

    " An acceptable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercy | 1/30/2012

    " Rarely does one encounter such outright human characters in a science fiction novel. The transgressions are relatable and the loves are raw. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 1/21/2012

    " By no means a bad book, but it doesn't seem to stand up as well as the other books in the Time Quintet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 9/16/2011

    " it was a good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/8/2011

    " last book of the murray clan, but one of the best! i read this book about 6 times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/1/2011

    " Polly travels back 3000 years in time, meets Druids, and has to save herself from becoming a blood sacrifice. If you're willing to suspend your disbelief pretty hard (she learns a new language practically overnight?) it's a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 4/24/2011

    " This is another interesting read about the Murry family, with the main focus on Meg & Calvin's daughter Polly, on a visit to her grandparents' home. This book uses many previously introduced concepts and groups to link together pieces introduced in earlier books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvador | 3/27/2011

    " It is funny, adventurous and dramatical , the perfect mix ,
    but... it is very to slow at the beginning "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtenay | 3/23/2011

    " I loved the series when I was younger but somehow I missed this one. I enjoyed the read.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmin | 3/18/2011

    " I still never figured out how Vicky Austin AND Polly O'Keefe got it on with Zachary Gray...but whatevs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian | 1/10/2011

    " There a thing to this book and series that just keeps you going till the end. Though I wish the end was better. I would recommend this to anyone likes fiction. I think it’s a classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skyia | 1/9/2011

    " A wonderful story from a talented writer. I would have enjoyed the book more if she hadn't inserted her own religious dogma, but she does tend to do that near the end of each of her books. It always surprises me when she starts pouring it on, because the rest of the story is so open minded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 10/3/2010

    " See first book for review of series and author =) "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) is the author of many books for children and adults. She is perhaps best known for the Time Quintet, especially A Wrinkle in Time, which won a Newbery Medal, and her books featuring the Austin family, including the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.