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The Chosen One Audiobook
The Chosen One
Written by: 
Carol Lynch Williams
Narrated by: 
Jenna Lamia
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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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-26-11
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-26-11 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It's well written, well read and surprisingly quite tense. I highly recommend it!

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    Adrienne Beavercreek, OH, United States 04-24-11
    Adrienne Beavercreek, OH, United States 04-24-11
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    "So good :)"

    I was looking for a new author as I had already exhausted all of my favorite author's (Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella) audiobooks. On a whim I downloaded this one and it was fantastic! When it started I wasn't so sure but I really got into it and couldn't stop listening. I can't wait to find other books by this author.

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    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 03-21-11
    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 03-21-11
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    "Well done"

    I chose this book solely because I liked the narrator's work so much on The Help. This piece was equally well done and the story was captivating with a nice variety of interesting characters. Well worth the credit.

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    shanreads 03-14-11
    shanreads 03-14-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "The Chosen"

    Like other reviewers, I liked this book a lot. My only complaint was it was too short, but it was a great listen, and I well worth the credit.

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    Becky 01-23-11
    Becky 01-23-11
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    "Really good"

    I found this book when searching for Jenna Lamia's work. As usual, her performance was fantastic. I was surprised by how I quickly was pulled into the story. The interview with the author at the end of the recording was also enjoyable.

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    Catherine 11-07-10
    Catherine 11-07-10

    Avid reader, picky about narrators.

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    "Really engaging"

    A quick listen and a really engaging story. I didn't realize the book is meant for the YA market until I listened to the interview with the author at the end. Well written and well narrated.

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    Loretta Tucson, Azerbaijan 05-09-10
    Loretta Tucson, Azerbaijan 05-09-10
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    "The Chosen One"

    Actually the best book by far!I loved hearing the format.

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    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-02-12
    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Sick story .. but I like the narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Drama seekers , realistic fiction lovers and people who like sick stories


    Has The Chosen One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no it didn't because it's good to read things that you are not accustomed to


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

    Kyra and Joshua


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    hmm , maybe it made me think about how much freedom we have as women in appose to those sick men who think they are serving (GOD)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-28-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "You will want to weep."

    The Chosen One is the story of Kyra, a thirteen year old girl who was raised in a polygamous sect by her father and three mothers along with an abundance of brothers and sisters. Despite her unusual circumstances, Kyra has dreams that any thirteen year old girl could relate to. She is in love with a boy whom she hopes to marry one day. This dream is shattered when The Prophet announces that Kyra is to marry her 60 year old uncle instead.

    Kyra must now face some heartbreaking choices. Does she honor the word of The Prophet or follow her own heart? Is she prepared for the devastating consequences of choosing the latter? You will hold your breath as you watch Kyra struggle to choose between family and freedom. You will want to weep when you realize, along with Kyra, the high price that her freedom will cost.

    This book is beautifully written and narrated. Writer Carol Lynch Williams perfectly captures the voice of thirteen year old Kyra and narrator Jenna Lamia brings Kyra to life.

    ADDED BONUS: At the end of this book, you will enjoy an interview with Williams that covers topics ranging from finding Kyra's voice to Williams' writing process to her advice for other writers. If you enjoy reading YA fiction or aspire to write it yourself, you cannot miss this interview.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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