• The Prophet of Yonwood

  • The Third Book of Ember
  • By: Jeanne DuPrau
  • Narrated by: Becky Ann Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (547 ratings)

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The Prophet of Yonwood

By: Jeanne DuPrau
Narrated by: Becky Ann Baker
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Publisher's Summary

It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly. 

As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman's mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town - her great-grandfather's peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes - all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?

In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.

Don't miss Lina and Doon's other adventures in The City of Ember.
©2006 Jeanne DuPrau (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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lost connection

I felt this book lost connection with the series. it did not hint to ember until the last 5 minutes. during the whole book you are left wondering what's going on. it feels like a filler episode if it were a TV show

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Don't waste your time with this one...

Over all I enjoyed this series of books. This third book in the series is however a pointless rambling that has no place in the series. You will not miss a beat in the series if you skip this book.

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why was this book 3 or even part of the series?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I could have easily skipped this book and not lost any of the story. Why include a book in a series if it never even mentions the main characters?

Has The Prophet of Yonwood turned you off from other books in this genre?

no,

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prophet of Yonwood?

everything but the last 4 pages, it was a decent story it just didn't fit the series

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Not as good as the others

I thought "The City of Sparks" and "The People of Ember" were excellent (five stars), but this book was a big disappointment. It is just typical young adult fiction without the complexity and depth of its two predecessors. I recommend moving onto a different series instead, such as His Dark Materials.

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Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember

This is book 3 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

This book predates the City of Ember by it seems at least a hundred years if not more. The reader, if s/he started with the City of Ember, will be hooked on wondering how/when the nuclear war will start. The initiate will also be hooked on this question due to DuPrau's skillfull story telling. Character development and plot continuity are well executed here. I probably enjoyed this book a bit more than The People of Sparks, though the entire series is worth a read.

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Why is this book in the series

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone who hasnt read ember 1 and 2

What was most disappointing about Jeanne DuPrau’s story?

this story had nothing what so ever to do with the other books. im clueless of why its in the group. what was the author thinking. endless mindless character info and over the top dribble. to many loose, stupid, boring, uncoordinated ends.

Which scene was your favorite?

none

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prophet of Yonwood?

to many to list

Any additional comments?

i like the other books but wtf.

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Before Ember

This book, like the second book, is basically also about morality. However, this time we are talking about people taking their religious beliefs to extreme and using it to control others. I found this much more interesting to think about than bigotry and immigrant issues. In any case, it's not a great story but it is interesting and has suspense and kinda mystery like the first and last books. Don't expect to find out much about Ember but the author does link this book to the original story in the last book which is neat. I will warn you not to get too excited by the physics stuff though. There isn't anything like "His "Dark Materials" in this book. Probably just as well as I don't think the author could be quite that imaginative.

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A bit pale in comparison to the rest of 'Ember'

I would recommend this book primarily only to someone who really, really loved the world of Ember and wanted to learn a bit more of the author's imagined history behind it. There are some fun moments and interesting characters, but hardly any of the magic (figuratively) and mystery which makes the rest of the Ember books so endearing. Still, I enjoyed it enough as I do fall into that segment of curious wonderers who were looking for any bits of Ember-related lore to listen to.

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Pointless

What would have made The Prophet of Yonwood better?

Last 10 minutes I need to know

Has The Prophet of Yonwood turned you off from other books in this genre?

Very close

What three words best describe Becky Ann Baker’s performance?

Decent narration

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

First book was very good. Second book OK third book pointless

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Perfect

This is an amazing book! It teaches beautiful lessons and taught my daughter to love the world. She has a hard time reading and this is perfect for her! This book has astonishing surprises around every corner and a good lesson.

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  • Mark
  • 10-15-21

story, background noises bad

I'm loving the series but I have auditory processing disorder so the extra background sounds make it hard to process what's actually being said. other than that it's good

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  • 07-05-21

Waste of time

Nothing to do with the first two stories apart from the last 8 minutes. Don't waste your time on this 'fill in' book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-18-20

Not as good as other city of ember books

Good themes but not the most exciting plot. Its not as good as her other city of ember books

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  • Holly
  • 11-21-21

Interesting

Good i enjoyed it but not as much as the first and second one

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  • Leonbergerlady
  • 08-16-19

good, but not quite up to the standard of the first two books. link to Ember suspected but only added in the post script at the end..

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  • Simon
  • 04-06-11

Dragged

Was hoping for more, but the book dragged on to the point where I gave up listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-22

What happened to this series?

We absolutely loved the first two books in this series and were so excited for a third. Unfortunately it was incredibly disappointing. Nothing happens. It’s dull and dry and absolutely nothing happens.

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  • Greyson Wind
  • 01-09-22

A good addition

I really enjoyed this book. An ember story of how it all started.
How the world of ember came about.