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The Prophet of Yonwood | [Jeanne DuPrau]

The Prophet of Yonwood

It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly.
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Publisher's Summary

It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly.

As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman's mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town, her great-grandfather's peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes, all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?

In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.

Don't miss Lina and Doon's other adventures in The City of Ember.

©2006 Jeanne DuPrau; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Kaui Bay Area, CA 11-13-12
    Kaui Bay Area, CA 11-13-12 Member Since 2009

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember"

    This is book 3 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

    This book predates the City of Ember by it seems at least a hundred years if not more. The reader, if s/he started with the City of Ember, will be hooked on wondering how/when the nuclear war will start. The initiate will also be hooked on this question due to DuPrau's skillfull story telling. Character development and plot continuity are well executed here. I probably enjoyed this book a bit more than The People of Sparks, though the entire series is worth a read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Szekely Mentor, OH United States 09-23-12
    Mary Szekely Mentor, OH United States 09-23-12
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    "Good Prequel to the City of Ember."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thought the whole package was great. I have read all the books in the series, and decided to listen to the books this time. I really enjoy the stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicki is my favorite character. She is the main character in the story. She is a curious and thoughtful girl.


    What does Becky Ann Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is very good at coming up with different voices for the various characters. I also like th e background sounds, unlike some people who listened to the story. I think they do add to the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is Armageddon near?


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this story first. It is a prequel to the other City of Ember stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 10-05-10
    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Before Ember"

    This book, like the second book, is basically also about morality. However, this time we are talking about people taking their religious beliefs to extreme and using it to control others. I found this much more interesting to think about than bigotry and immigrant issues. In any case, it's not a great story but it is interesting and has suspense and kinda mystery like the first and last books. Don't expect to find out much about Ember but the author does link this book to the original story in the last book which is neat. I will warn you not to get too excited by the physics stuff though. There isn't anything like "His "Dark Materials" in this book. Probably just as well as I don't think the author could be quite that imaginative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Parris Orange Park, FL 06-04-07
    Ann Parris Orange Park, FL 06-04-07 Listener Since 2001

    Health Conscious

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    "It's Okay"

    This book is the 3d in the series, but actually tells what happened before the city of Ember was built and why. The background noises are a bit distracting making this feel more like a radio show than a book. Other than that it is a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 07-18-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "A small story and a Prequel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    In this series I like book 1 best, book 2 second, then this book third. I have not yet read book 4. I preferred book 2 for the simple reason that it was closer to the story that so captivated me in the first book. Book 4 will go back not only to Lina and Doon but to Ember itself. So I am glad to have read this if for no other reason than to be ready to finish out the story.
    I liked the book well enough. Though, I was misunderstanding the scope of this work. I have in my head at the beginning of a book an idea of what the story will encompass. I was wrong here. The scope is smaller than I envisioned. Less happens overall and what happens is less relevant overall to the whole. Some people have complained that the connection was too tenuous to the series and only became clear towards the very end, or that it wasn't strong enough to warrant inclusion. I can understand those complaints, and even having read those complaints I still expected a more concrete connection to Lina and Doon and Ember. However, I was satisfied with the connection when it did come, and was actually proud of myself for figuring out ahead of being told exactly what the connection was.
    Reviews I read basically said a limited number of things. Most negative reviews were just annoyed it didn't continue the adventures of Lina and Doon. I am not sure why nobody seems to have known this beforehand? Of course we get back to them in book 4 so I don't think that's such a big deal. Some people object to prequels coming in the middle of a series and others (with whom I DO agree) complain there was a more interesting prequel that could have been written but that didn't make me hate this book. I sort of wonder why DuPrau did portray religious fervor so negatively - she had to know that makes people mad especially in a kids book, and I didn't get the vibe that she was really a religion hater.
    As often occurs in kids books the adults tend to be useless - which enables kids to drive the action. Particularly the adults of Nickie's family seem to be failing. I felt rather sorry for her. A little girl who needed more attention, in a confusing time and place.
    All in all I am satisfied with the book despite some flaws.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dara Madison, AL, United States 12-11-12
    Dara Madison, AL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Follow-on book (preclude)"
    Where does The Prophet of Yonwood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Equal to other books in the series


    What other book might you compare The Prophet of Yonwood to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Becky Ann Baker – was your favorite?

    Young girl hiding in the house after the grandfather died


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Young Minds open doors


    Any additional comments?

    NA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Hubbard Salem, Or United States 04-23-12
    Joanne Hubbard Salem, Or United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "yonwood review"
    What did you love best about The Prophet of Yonwood?

    it was interesting to see the aurthors idea of what brought on the necessity to build an underground world. interesting how she tied in the people in the later books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I did find the book a little anticlimatic, after listening to the other books in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Becky Ann Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    If she read the other stories in this series yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 10-26-09
    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 10-26-09 Member Since 2001

    I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.

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    "A bit pale in comparison to the rest of 'Ember'"

    I would recommend this book primarily only to someone who really, really loved the world of Ember and wanted to learn a bit more of the author's imagined history behind it. There are some fun moments and interesting characters, but hardly any of the magic (figuratively) and mystery which makes the rest of the Ember books so endearing. Still, I enjoyed it enough as I do fall into that segment of curious wonderers who were looking for any bits of Ember-related lore to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caresse Mount Desert, ME, United States 03-11-13
    Caresse Mount Desert, ME, United States 03-11-13
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    "why was this book 3 or even part of the series?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could have easily skipped this book and not lost any of the story. Why include a book in a series if it never even mentions the main characters?


    Has The Prophet of Yonwood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prophet of Yonwood?

    everything but the last 4 pages, it was a decent story it just didn't fit the series


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen San Francisco, CA, USA 09-10-06
    Ellen San Francisco, CA, USA 09-10-06
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    "Not as good as the others"

    I thought "The City of Sparks" and "The People of Ember" were excellent (five stars), but this book was a big disappointment. It is just typical young adult fiction without the complexity and depth of its two predecessors. I recommend moving onto a different series instead, such as His Dark Materials.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Dragged"

    Was hoping for more, but the book dragged on to the point where I gave up listening to it.

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