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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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    Nova5ever 02-14-17
    Nova5ever 02-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really interesting!"

    This book was worth the listen! It leaves you thinking long after the final chapter!

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    Jean Waukesha, WI, United States 11-14-12
    Jean Waukesha, WI, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A thought-provoking and engaging young adult novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, especially younger women. The characters are well-developed and the story line is timely. The theme of empowerment and hope is woven well throughout the novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the exploration of the ability of cult leaders to convince good people to do wrong things. The least interesting were the scenes of violence which were a bit too drastic to be believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A well-written book overall.


    Could you see The Chosen One being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it could be a "Lifetime" movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was superb.

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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-28-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2011

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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.

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    Nicole 08-18-12
    Nicole 08-18-12
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    "Simple and straightforward story yet captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Chosen One the most enjoyable?

    I was taken in by the seemingly unbreakable cycle that the main character and her family was caught in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kyra, the main character of the story, for her bravery and her struggle to remain true to her human spirit. Despite countless cultural barriers to the contrary, Kyra was able to truly tell right from wrong as well as make the correct choices.


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

    You literally as well as figuratively HEAR the young girl's VOICE and struggles.


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

    ...pretty sick story to have such maniacle control over an entire community! The punishments and edicts, all in the name of "god" and those who purport to represent god, are very disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    I had some awareness of such communities. I found it very moving to see how it from such a personal perspective. I was distracted somewhat by a couple of elements in the book, that although made for a good story, seemed a unrealistic. Despite that, I would recommend this book.

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    Raq Bay area, CA, US 06-24-12
    Raq Bay area, CA, US 06-24-12 Listener Since 2003

    Raqy

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    "Enthralling"
    Where does The Chosen One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best books I have listened to.


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

    I was right there with her when she was on the road out of the compound, the first time. What a ride. I won't spoil it for anyone but you need to listen to this book.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in one day. I just couldn't stop, and I usually try to listen a few hours at time while I clean house or chores of some kind. Well let's just say my house was clean after this book!

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    lisa frisco, TX, United States 02-14-12
    lisa frisco, TX, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Listen"

    Thought provoking and extremely well written. Jenna Lamia is an awesome reader. She totally brought the story to life I could not stop listening.

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    jennifer pittsboro, nc, United States 11-10-11
    jennifer pittsboro, nc, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "wow"

    What a wonderful (and disturbing) story. It was so well written and narrated. I usually listen to books as I drive to and from work and errands and while doing chores. I kept finding myself sitting still, mesmerized, instead of folding laundry...hiding in the closet from my family...pulling over to parking lots at key points in the story to concentrate...and cheer on the young heroine!

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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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    "Great"

    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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    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 3 people found this review helpful

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