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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,409 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: November 2008 ISBN:
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The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn't easy. She's been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country, while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. So Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington - the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer.

Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift - a month-long trip to Antarctica. It's the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She's never been away from her family before.

Once she sets off though, she finds that's the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters. She's surrounded by suspicious characters. Vicky no longer knows who to trust. And she may not make it home alive. 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 Lennox | 2/17/2014

    " Why I want to go to Antarctica. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 1/24/2014

    " This book I thought was super boring. I couldn't get into it and I never wanted to read it. Some parts are good and some parts are confusing... the book is to complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 1/18/2014

    " This was a pretty good book, not the best I've read from L'Engle but still entertaining. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the plot, some of the characters who were introduced, and learning a great deal about Antarctica in the process, including a ton of new info on penguins. Recommended if you're already a Vicky Austin fan and enjoy light adventure, a little mystery, and some education with your fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 1/10/2014

    " I so wanted to love this book, b/c I really wanted the continuation of Vicky and Adam's relationship. But this one felt like it was just a tacked on story, written to satisfy the fans and not really because L'Engle was inspired to write it. It had some good parts, and told a nice story, but the magic from the previous book wasn't there. "

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

    " This book taught me that every action has a consiquence, wether good or bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony Faber | 12/26/2013

    " Vicky goes to Antarctica and gets involved in some international intrigue. A bit too implausible for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/22/2013

    " I like this author a lot. The only thing that really bothers me about Vicky (main character) is that she is supposed to be barely 16. She acts a lot more mature than that but that is my only beef. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/22/2013

    " Good for the teen crowd "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hobbs | 11/26/2013

    " Glad I finally read it. I miss Madeleine L`Engle, I used to love her books when I was a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 10/30/2013

    " The 4th book was so high for me so after that this 5th book was "okay", but how do you not finish the series... I do like the whole series and I did like this book and I love the Austin family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 9/26/2013

    " Very engrossing. Mystery, danger, shoot-outs, romance... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britta | 9/16/2013

    " I read a lot of children's books and Madeline L'engle is one of the best writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/21/2013

    " this was one of my favorite books when I was a pre-teen reader. I remember a discussion of fate and stars that still shapes my world view. Thanks Elin for reminding me of this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elham | 8/17/2013

    " not as good as A Ring of Endless Light, but a great finish to the story of the Austin family stories; it takes place in Anarctica and the way L'Engle describes the landscape (based on her trip there) appeals to all the senses "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britney | 11/16/2012

    " This is probably not the best of the Austin family books (the best being A Ring of Endless Light) but it's my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katina | 11/9/2012

    " This book was really good. Although, it was about the middle of the book when it started to get really good; but it was really good!! It had a hint of mystery, romance, adventure, so if you like any of those, then this is a good book for you to read. It is probably my favorite book of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/8/2012

    " Penguins and an oboist, what more could you want "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lyndsey | 5/19/2012

    " penguins anarctica.... mystery, what more could you want?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/22/2012

    " A great and fascinating end to a series that is a personal favorite of mine. The mystery and the setting drew me in and showed me more to a charcter that I have come to love. If you like Madeleine L'Engle, read this series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/18/2011

    " I love L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series, but I found this book to be of a much poorer writing quality, and with a much less compelling plot. I think that it may be a result of her trying a different genre of novel, but I am now reticent about trying any of her other non-Wrinkle works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelseabelle | 11/5/2011

    " Now this one, I remember reading it in a day or two, so I know it was a page-turner at least, but I can't for the life of me remember the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 9/26/2011

    " This is the kind of classic Young Adult lit that's just irresistible. Not a work of art, but a fresh, almost cleansing, read--but maybe that's just the Antarctic air talking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashelynn | 8/24/2011

    " Troubling a Star is one of my favorite books ever. I bought it at a garage sale a few years ago, and to my surprised, Madeleine L'Engle had signed it. I'll be rereading it this winter break and reviewing it fully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 4/1/2011

    " Very different from the rest of the Austin family novels, and possibly my least favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2011

    " This is the sequel to A Ring of Endless light and as that was my favorite book when I was young, this became a close second. It is not as engrossing as it's prequel, but still a wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annika | 11/28/2010

    " I love all of her books!!! this was great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 7/14/2010

    " This books makes me want to go on a cruise to Antarctica.
    I love L'Engle's writing style. Her characters are always so believable and easy to relate to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 7/4/2010

    " She tried to write a mystery and I missed just reading the simple story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/2/2010

    " I mean, I love Madeleine L'Engle. I'll read pretty much anything by her. I thought I'd read all of the Austin stories when I was younger, but this was one I'd never read. I wished I was Vicki Austin back then, and, well, I still kind of do now... "

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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.