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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,718 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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The Austins are trying to settle into their new life in New York City, but their once close-knit family is pulling away from each other. Their father spends long hours alone in his study working on the research project that brought the family to the city. John is away at college. Rob is making friends with people in the neighborhood: newspaper vendors, dog walkers, even the local rabbi. Suzy is blossoming into a vivacious young woman. And Vicky has become closer to Emily Gregory, a blind and brilliant young musician, than to her sister Suzy.

With the Austins going in different directions, they don't notice that something sinister is going on in their neighborhood - and it's centered around them. A mysterious genie appears before Rob and Emily. A stranger approaches Vicky in the park and calls her by name. Members of a local gang are following their father. The entire Austin family is in danger. If they don't start telling each other what's going on, someone just might get killed. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/20/2014

    " I still don't get why it's called the Young Unicorns, but it's a great mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 2/19/2014

    " I love this book! Besides Many Waters, which is an amazing book, this is my favorite L'Engle. It features the Austins, one of L'Engle's two main families, but it really stars Josiah Davidson, a former member of the Alphabats gang, and the Austin's blind friend Emily. Lately, rumors have been abounding that the Alphabats are planning something. Robbie and Suzy Austin had an encounter with a potential genie, and the man who blinded Emily while rifling through her father's office still has not been identified. What do all of these mysteries add up to? Awesomeness. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/18/2014

    " A little dated now, but a great book for those who like the Austen family books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/11/2014

    " When I read this book as a kid, I actually kind of hated it. I think I've always identified so much with Vicky that any Austin family book not narrated by her just wasn't worth my time. This time around, I just read it like any Madeleine L'Engle book (that is, kind of ridiculous, with weird fake science and espionage) and enjoyed it. That being said, I still don't think it really belongs with the other four books in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2014

    " Definitely one of the weaker L'Engle books. It doesn't stand on its own at all. It's hard to care about a lot of the new characters, and the lame-o plot twists are obvious from a mile away. I sort of love the Austin family, but at many points in this story, I wanted to knock their heads together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CLM | 2/1/2014

    " I found this book quite unnerving when I first read it, and it made a profound impression. However, my proudest (most shameful?) moment was in college taking Shakespeare when the final exam included a question about Coriolanus, which I had not actually had time to read because so busy writing in my journal. I had a moment of terror, then gritted my teeth, and began, "The noted writer, Madeleine L'Engle, in her tribute to Coriolanus..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/27/2014

    " liked it a lot. could not put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 1/10/2014

    " Love the "micro-ray" technology. Seriously dates this book. Good triumphs evil, blah blah blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 8/14/2013

    " One of the best of the Austin family series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloss | 8/7/2013

    " Even taking the Time Quartet into consideration, this is just about my favorite L'Engle book. Emily Gregory is an amazing character and the plot -- including shenanigans around St. John the Divine -- remains one of the strangest, most involving I've read, since I first read this at age 11. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 7/26/2013

    " Not one of L'Engle's better works...I'm usually quite fond of her writing, but this one disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 6/5/2013

    " L'Engle should be recommended to kids who love Harry and want some more books to read. I wouldn't start them on this one, however. They should be introduced to L'Engle through the Wrinkle in Time four book series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/16/2013

    " I read this book twice now and still liked it lots. I read all the Austin Family books and am on the final one now. I don't thing they are only for young people. I'm 62!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 4/20/2013

    " i don't get the title. there was not one reference to unicorns in the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennox | 4/2/2013

    " A contributing factor in my mistrusting the clergy and organized religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 11/18/2012

    " This is book 3 - not sure why GR says 4. Better than the previous! I love Rob - wish I had a little brother like him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Beaumont | 9/25/2012

    " Reread. My favorite of the Austin Family Chronicles, all of which I want to reread again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/2/2012

    " This was the first book I have read about L'Engle's Austin family and it was quite a page-turner. Very enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Dance | 7/19/2012

    " I liked the story, but can someone please explain the title to me? Did I miss something? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 11/29/2011

    " Enjoyable reading. Interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/21/2011

    " What if we could cure the "disease" of evil from humanity? This is the question the book discusses from the point of view of the Austin's and a few friends. One of my very favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/19/2011

    " This book was hard to put down. I don't know that I'd read it again of my own accord, but it is a mystery with staying power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/23/2011

    " A great childrens story that I think could also make for great discussion in a book group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 5/22/2011

    " I read this book and thought it was amazing and i'm currently on the fourth one now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/22/2011

    " I first read this book in 2nd grade and I've re-read many times since then. I discover something different and understand the content through a different lens every time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanno | 5/22/2011

    " The world I visited often as I young adult. One of the many tales that filled me full of hope during the worst of days. This book began my quest to discover new worlds, the first of many fantasy novels that warmed my young adult years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/21/2011

    " LOVED this as a kid. Loved it slightly less as an adult, but maybe that's to be expected? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 5/20/2011

    " I wish I had liked this book more because it's considered to be somewhat of a classic but I just didn't care by the end of it. I won't be reading the rest of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janell | 5/20/2011

    " Absolutely loved it! I read it a long time ago, but that's what I remember...lol :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kori | 5/20/2011

    " I consider this a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/19/2011

    " I re-read this book about once every couple years, as I have since I was probably 10. Tesseract was probably my first, or nearly my first, multisyllabic word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/19/2011

    " I recently got a box set of this series for my birthday... I was amazed at how they are still engaging/interesting for a 30+ year old. Stories are great and interesting.

    I think this is the book taht first got me interested in Science Fiction "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylee | 5/18/2011

    " The Worst and most awful book I was ever forced to to read. Truly disgusting, and boring, and weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/18/2011

    " I will do this for book club AR level is 4.7 so it would be for the 4-5 book club. I thought it was a bit confusing but I was reading from an adult view. Children may view it differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " A strange book, that I reread occasionally, and understand less every time! It seems to ask questions of me that make this far from just a children's fantasy. A must read, but be prepared to open yourself to a book that is far from the simple narrative it appears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 5/17/2011

    " I read this with my daughter. "

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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

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audio books, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife.