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The Chosen One Audiobook

The Chosen One: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle - who already has six wives - Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

©2009 Carol Lynch Williams; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"[T]his is a heart pounder, and readers will be held, especially as the danger escalates. Williams' portrayals of the family are sharp, but what's most interesting about this book is how the yearnings and fears of a character so far from what most YAs know will still seem familiar and close." (Booklist)

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    Sara Rosemount, MN, United States 03-14-10
    Sara Rosemount, MN, United States 03-14-10
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    "Fantastic!!"

    I recommend this book 100 times over, kept me interested the whole time - was definately a book where I waited in my car to end a chapter before I could stop listening!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Crawford 01-30-13
    C. Crawford 01-30-13

    Love to read - began listening to audio books while driving - to keep me from falling asleep. Have grown to LOVE audio books - I'm addicted!

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    "Favorite Narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Chosen One again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen again because I don't like to listen to books more than once, but that does not mean I don't think it was GREAT! I loved the story - so sad because it is based on true facts, but very well written. Jenna Lamia is my favorite narrator and she, once again, did an awesome job reading this one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chosen One?

    This is difficult to answer without giving something away!


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenna really makes you feel what the character is feeling. I think you get into her heart more hearing it read by Jenna than you would just by reading it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I wanted to. I never have that much time all at once, but if I could have listened to it all in one sitting, I probably would have!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great YA book for girls over 13 years old. There are a few things in it that are a little rough, so I would say any younger than that might be too young.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-09-10
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A surprisingly enjoyable read!"

    I know little about polygamy other than newspaper stories or the outrageous Big Love show on HBO. I hope that this type of sect no longer exists, but I suppose it is possible, or even probable. It was interesting to hear the author interviewed at the end of the audiobook.

    I have a soft spot for stories written from a girl-turning- woman perspective, and I really enjoyed that she used reading to experience the "outside world". I will definitely recommend this book to young readers that I know, but you don't need to be young to appreciate the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brea, CA United States 09-30-10
    Brea, CA United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2007

    tsaller

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    "Excellent YA Novel"

    Jemma Lamia's narration was excellent, as always. The author captures the feelings of a teenage girl so well that I remembered some of my own feelings of those years, although certainly not in the same circumstances! I liked that the author showed a split between the main character's loving family and the sect leadership who act brutal and what we would consider crazy. It was very well done and I couldn't stop listening. I would like to know what happened next, as others have said.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie fpo, AP, United States 08-15-10
    Laurie fpo, AP, United States 08-15-10
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    "Want More!!!"

    I love this book and they way it was written. I love the characters... and I love Jenna who read it. However I did not like the way it was ended... clever yes... I just needed MORE!!! That is the only reason for not giving it five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley P. 09-23-15
    Ashley P. 09-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent and fast read"

    Great story and Jenna Lamia is my favorite narrator. She nailed it as always. The book kept me listening constantly. I didn't want to stop. My only complaint is I wish it was longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Scott 07-25-15
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    "Although fiction, it is quite an insight"
    Would you listen to The Chosen One again? Why?

    It is worth it however, I usually don't because why repeat a book when there are so many other titles available.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my angry that they believe child abuse is "ok in the eyes of the Lord" because the "prophet" says. I felt happy for Kyra that she was able to free herself from the compound but longed for her family.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla ROSLINDALE, MA, United States 11-17-13
    Priscilla ROSLINDALE, MA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite female narrator!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chosen One to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version, however Jenna Lamia is such a fabulous narrator I don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much if she were not reading it to me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending left me longing for a sequel.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Kira and Joshua were my favorite characters. The others were either perpetrators of evil or those willing to tolerate it in the name of "God".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think my reaction was extreme, but I know that the story and characters will stay with me for a long time. The injustice and abuse that women have to endure in the religious society that the author describes are horrifying.


    Any additional comments?

    The story builds dramatically, impossible to stop listening at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LL 06-27-13
    LL 06-27-13
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    "Unusual Story"

    I listened to this book based on a recommendation and was not disappointed. The story is unusual and very interesting. I think it captured the hopes and desires of a young girl perfectly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vonnie San Diego, CA, United States 12-18-12
    Vonnie San Diego, CA, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wow, I loved the whole book."
    What did you love best about The Chosen One?

    The author captures the voice of a 13 year old perfectly.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Jenna Lamia performance is perfect. Listening to the audible provided a new layer to the story. We hated for it to end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book awakens you to issues and life styles very different from your own. You are angry and sickened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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