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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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    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 3 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-10-12
    Amazon Customer United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2013

    Steph

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    "Amazing!"

    This book was amazing! Williams took on (and conquered) the daunting task of putting a sympathetic face on the sometimes reprehensible (certainly in this book) practice of polygamy. And she does this in a YA novel, to boot. So, Kyra is born within a polygamous sect, but has dreams of the outside world thanks to the Mobile Library on Wheels that gives her a tenuous connection to another lifestyle.

    When her dirty-old-man-uncle comes a-calling for her thirteen-year-old hand, she knows she needs to find a way out. This isn't Big Love we're talking about here people, or Sister Wives. This tale is more like a storyline you would see with the were-panthers of True Blood.

    The Prophet (the group's leader) has slowly eroded away the colony's freedoms (like reading any book but the Bible) and has a standing, armed God Squad to keep people in line. Murder happens just often enough to keep everyone towing the line for God.

    What I found immensely compelling about The Chosen One wasn't the big developments, but the small moments. I wanted Kyra to hightail it out of there ASAP, but I slowly understood why she kept choosing to stay despite everything. Her family (all three Mothers, multiple siblings and Dad) are there. They are a different family, but they are hers and they love each other deeply. Yes, her parents made horrible choices that subsequently led to her present circumstances, but they adore her, their family and their community.

    Williams has created a beautiful tale that sheds light on the underground world of polygamous sects. Kyra is a strong, young heroine you want to hug, take in, root for and protect. She is simply amazing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JoGo 02-06-11
    JoGo 02-06-11
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    "Superb reading and intriguing story."

    It was hard not to become emotionally attached to the main character. Her story was brought to life in such a compelling fashion by the narrator, Jenna Larnia. Her voice and interpretation of the main character had you convinced that she was actually 'the chosen one'.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to people that have little understanding of the fundamentalist beliefs and practices of the polygamist Mormon religion.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 11-02-10
    brenty United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating."

    I was hesitant to give it 5 stars, but only because I'm not sure it has replay value for me.

    That said, this book had me in its grip -- start to finish. The prose was spellbinding, and the story being told was like a tearing at my heart. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to, and did an incredible job bringing the characters to life, immersing me in Kyra's world in the five short hours of this tale.

    As much as I enjoyed every minute, I think that for it to have gone on any longer would have been a shame. As it stands, this book is perfect. And while I might never listen to it again, I think that actually speaks to just how well-crafted this novel is. Truly a singular experience.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-24-10
    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-24-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought provoking story"

    I enjoyed the story and am so thankful not to be in the main characters position. What a horrible life to lead, being a young girl growing up in family that would be willing to marry you off to your own 60 year old uncle.

    3 of 5 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 2 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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Electric City, WA, United States 10-28-13
    Deborah Electric City, WA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to put down"
    Would you listen to The Chosen One again? Why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kyra, of course. The author did an excellent job of writing about Kyra's transition from child to young adult.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    There isn't anything I've listened to featuring Jenna Lamia that I haven't enjoyed. Her narration was superb, thoroughly believable.


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

    Yes - luckily I had a 10 hour drive that day. It tells you something when you have that far to drive and resent having to stop and get gas because you'll have to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Although is a book intended for teens, I think most adults will also enjoy it. Only occasionally was I reminded that this book was actually written for a much younger audience. Just a thoroughly intriguing, thought- provoking novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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