A Wind in the Door

A Wind in the Door

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill...
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2012
ISBN: 9780307916648
Characteristics: 1 sound file (5 hr., 27 min., 34 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Ehle, Jennifer 1969-

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Oct 15, 2020

"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle was one of my favourite books when I was a boy; and I enjoyed re-reading it a couple years ago. But I had no idea that L'Engle wrote a sequel. In fact, she wrote a total of five books featuring this family, which are collectively known as the "Time Quintet".

"A Wind in the Door" is the second book in the series. Meg is in high school and her brother Charles Wallace - a child prodigy whose intelligence borders on superhuman capabilities - is bullied at school because he is so different from his small-town classmates.

Meg and Charles's mother is studying farandolae - theoretical components of the mitochondria of human cells that are too small to be seen by any microscope. Charles Wallace is losing his farandolae and Meg shrinks down to go inside Charles's body and battle the evil forces that are attacking him in an effort to destroy everything in the universe. Meg is accompanied by her high school principal and assisted by an alien creature. During their ordeal, the team discovers that the farandolae are sentient creatures and that their destruction is engineered by the evil Echthroi, who are determined to bring chaos to the universe.

As with "Wrinkle", this book features an angelic creature who aids the children and a malevolent force bent on destroying the universe. In this case, the angelic creature is a many-eyed, many-winged monstrosity that resembles a group of dragons and the demonic race is the Echthroi.

While lacking the scope of the series’ first novel, this book does an excellent job of relating cosmic turmoil with personal struggles. The potential destruction of everything is reflected in the battle to save Charles. L'Engle combines the excitement of fantasy and science fiction with the normalcy of family life and the power of love in both contexts.

Mar 10, 2018

Since I just listened to an audio of "A Wrinkle In Time" I can't help but compare the two. This one was narrated by the author. The intro at the beginning about the science is this book was a welcome addition, but I did prefer the audio production on Wrinkle to Wind.

This story was a wonderful continuation of Meg's growth in wisdom and stature. Meg and Calvin learn that to our mitochondria, ourselves are as big to them as a whole galaxy is to us. I am reminded of two verses in the Psalms:
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8: 3-4
and also
"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14

Loved having Calvin right in the thick of things with her as well as her new friend Progo, the cherubim. Felt a bit bogged down by the long time spent in the mitochondria, but much was accomplished! Recommended!

Jan 31, 2015

Disk one is damaged and doesn't play.

Jul 13, 2008

I love these stories, they are from my childhood -however... the author is not always the best person to read their story.

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Jul 13, 2008

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