• The Chosen

  • Contender, Book 1
  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Pat Young
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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The Chosen

By: Taran Matharu
Narrated by: Pat Young
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Publisher's Summary

The Chosen introduces the first book in the Contender trilogy, an epic young adult fantasy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times best-selling Summoner series.

Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.

Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and, stranger still - people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords.

But who are these beings, and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle...because hiding is not an option. Fans of fantasy and LitRPG will welcome this new character and world from the author of the Summoner series.

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Reader ruined a cool story

The reading is flat and character voices unappealing. Sometimes he reads lines, that should sound threatening or sarcastic, as happy and friendly. It’s bizarre.

I would not recommend this audiobook.
But I would recommend Reading this book.
If you won’t ever get to reading it, then I guess you’ll have to suffer through this.

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Great Author, Bland Story

I couldn’t find this book interesting. 10 chapters in and it still hadn’t found a way to pick up. The story is bland, following a bunch of teenagers stuck in a world that wants to kill them. There was one minuscule scene of action in these 10 chapters. All the other scenes were your classic: “I don’t fit in so I get bullied” trope sprinkled with racism. It struggles to compel. The writing style of the author is great. I could see the events like a movie: however the movie itself wasn’t gripping.

Great writing style held back by a bland story. That’s just me though. Maybe someone else would enjoy this book. I personally need more from a YA fiction book. I do hope to see more work from this author though.

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much better than other reviews suggest

I wish it was longer simply because I liked it so much. i would consider this sci-fiction more than fantasy for sure. maybe that's where fans of summoner get cranky. I loved it.

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good book

not all the words match up but it is still a really good book. enjoyed it a lot.

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stick with it

Slow at first and was going to stop reading it but really liked it after a time. fascinating story.

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Do not trust good reviews.

This story falls flat across the board. Just luke in Maze Runner kids find themselves in a life and death situation with no clue how they got there... This story idea has been done to death very unoriginal. Worst crime committed is the protagonist "tragic past", troupe false imprisoned smart hero stick. This author clearly just wrote this for a paycheck because this has no passion or thought put into it. I curse the fact i wasted so much time for this trash.

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To short just like all his books

The book was good, but so confusing how it was jumping back and forth for no apparent reason. His books always feel rushed and not enough detail and not enough character development. After his fourth book you would think he would get better but nope.

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You Really Have to Suspend Your Disbelief

The story is fun and the characters are interesting enough, but there were several times where I simply couldn't bring myself to believe their capabilities. Oh well, I still enjoyed the story overall, but we'll see if I continue on to Book 2.

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Not his best work but still worth the listen.

I felt as if this book had a slow start. The character development and back story were also somewhat lackluster. I did enjoy most of this book and will most likely reread and relisten to it again just to catch bits I've missed. Needless to say that the "stranded in a dinosaur land" has been better filled by other authors. This has also been a far cry from the quality of the summoner series.