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Author: Madeleine L'Engle Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Austin Family Chronicles Release Date: February 19, 2019 ISBN: 9780593103081
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Book one of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

"Beautifully written, with integrity and warmth, and young people are bound to identify with the characters, each a person in his own right, and to read absorbed from first page to last. Thoroughly recommended." --Chicago Tribune


For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children-Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob-do their best to be generous and welcoming to Maggy.

Vicky knows she should feel sorry for Maggy, but having sympathy for Maggy is no easy thing. Maggy is moody and spoiled; she breaks toys, wakes people in the middle of the night screaming, discourages homework, and generally causes chaos in the Austin household. How can one small child disrupt a family of six? Will life ever return to normal? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/17/2014

    " I am re-reading the Austin Family book series for young adults by Madeleine L'Engle. It's amazing to read the introduction by her grandkid (although not so much a kid anymore). The series is timeless and yet dated simultaneously. The tumultuous trials of growing up in middle class America are universal. However, things like running to answer the house phone and playing records are very 1960's. Madeleine was ahead of her time in discussing complex topics like the balance between science and faith and racial and social-class tolerance. The series does stand the test of time...in my book. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/15/2014

    " This is the book I've always wanted to read about ordinary family life. Madeleine L'Engle is able to see the beauty in the subtle plot lines of the everyday. I wish I had read this book when I was twelve. I'm already excited to share it with my (yet unborn) twelve year old daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/15/2014

    " wholesome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 2/9/2014

    " Very nice portrait of a wonderful family. Makes you want to strive to be like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 2/8/2014

    " Meet the Austin's is a sweet, old-fashioned read about a kind and quirky family whose lives are disrupted when they take in a spoiled orphan girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/1/2014

    " L'Engle's book about this delightful family follows several key events in their life over the course of about a year or so. Each of these events serves as a lens into the character and spirit of this family, showing them to be people of a rich a vibrant faith, culture, and love for one another. The stories of this family--all from the perspective of the second child, Vicky--are enjoyable to read and offer the young reader (and the old, for that matter) helpful ways to think about and process the trials and travails of life. That said, the book feels more like a collection of short stories than as a single unified work. This is due in large part to the episodic nature of the chapters, with very little in the way of an overarching story to serve as a through-line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 1/27/2014

    " I loved the Austins and wanted to be Suzy but knew I was more like Vicky (sans the whole math thing). (If your Jan pined over Marcia's good fortune, this will resonate.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/25/2014

    " Used to love the Austins. Now, I am not sure what was so special about them. The main girl was a little whiny, but I liked the part when the power went out and they had to fill the bathtubs and drink that water. It's now kind of gross looking back on it....and the mom was awesome. It made up for the whiny oldest sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2014

    " In considering how sad I was to hear of Ms. L'Engle's death this year, I decided to go back and try the books I hadn't already read. This one was great. So much better than the sarcastic, insulting stuff written for kids today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/11/2014

    " This is the first in a series about the Austin family. They're a fun family that are very close and happy together. It's a good series that talks about what it's like to grow up in a good family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/31/2013

    " Loved it as a kid, re-reading to see if it is appropriate for my 9 year old. It is still great, I think I'll pass it on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/29/2013

    " Though I'm not a *gasp* A Wrinkle in Time fan, I do remember reading two of L'Engle's other Austin family books and enjoying them. I decided to read this one as it is the genesis of the Austin family stories. It's a relatively quiet book about a family being a family. Solidly written and enjoyable. "

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

    " What a sweet little book! This was just charming, even though I'm like 25 years older than the target age :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/4/2013

    " cute. very realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/1/2012

    " This was the first Madeleine L'Engle book I ever read and I loved it - I wished for a family like the Austins. I wept the first time I read it and still tear up a bit during the climax. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tana | 11/7/2012

    " An enjoyable read, but I prefer the Wrinkle In Time series so far. Still, I'll definitely pick up the next one with these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/2/2012

    " I loved reading L'Engle's Wrinkle in time series that I thought it was about time to start this series on the Austins. I loved this book and can't wait to read the second book in the series. Thanks Betsy for the recommendation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 5/31/2012

    " This is the story of a family with five kids. One girl is taken in to the Austin household after the death of her parents. Perhaps a little biographical of L'Engle taking in her third child Maria after the death of Maria's parents. A very good book-teenage book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spiderlily2 | 7/12/2011

    " it was a cute book but it was so unlike the time books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/9/2011

    " I think this is a rather light weight book, for L'Engle. But it was still an easy read and enjoyable enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine | 6/11/2011

    " It could be that I'm just burned out on L'Engle since I just read the Murry series, but this seemed not only incohesive, but also just pretty boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 6/7/2011

    " It's alright. It's like the opposite of the Time series. An average family dealing with average things. Kind of interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 8/27/2010

    " This is one of those books that gives you that warm feeling when you read it. I really liked the main character and Mrs. L'Engle is a great author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/15/2010

    " Love L'Engle - especially sci-fi/fantasy stuff - this is a bit of a departure - but sweet and thought provoking and a glimpse into the '50's family sensibility (Father doesn't like when women wear pants!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/8/2010

    " A nice flashback to adolescence. This book is a pre-prequel to one of my favorite books - A Ring of Endless Light by L'Engle. I had never read this one before so it is nice to get more of the background story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 8/20/2009

    " Delightful! This family saga offered many surprises. Will give to some kids I know and will read more in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/25/2009

    " I love Madeleine L'Engle's frank analysis of how people work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/3/2009

    " You will fall in love with this family as I did! "

About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007) was born in New York City and attended Smith College. She wrote more than 60 books, the most famous of which is A Wrinkle In Time (1962), winner of the Newbery Award in 1963. She also wrote the famous series featuring the Austin family, beginning with the novel Meet The Austins (1960). L'Engle revisited the Austins four more times over the next three decades, concluding with Troubling a Star in 1994. The story of the Austins had some autobiographical elements, mirroring Madeleine's life and the life of her family.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her several Earphones Awards. She has performed in hundreds of commercials and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.