• The Queen

  • A The Selection Novella
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Rachel F. Hirsch
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (381 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass' number one New York Times best-selling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met - and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

©2014 Kiera Cass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Helpful view of how Ámber Lee became queen


I read this after I read The Selection and i enjoyed hearing where the Queen came from and how her Selection went.

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Short But Sweet

I was wondering how Cass could pull off a likeable Prince Clarkson. I was impressed that she didn't change his character, and made no excuses for him either. His love for Amberly made sense. Very well written for a novella.

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So so

Think Hunger Games + The Bachelor = The Selection Series

It's fun reading, a bit if mind candy. Doesn't take a lot of energy to read. If you are looking for a diversion and enjoy the traditional rags to riches story line then this one should hit home for you. I'm looking forward to the next story in the line.

This one wasn't quite as completing as the others. It displays the makings of a truly destructive relationship. I could have taken or left it and been just as fine. Luckily it's short.

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What a waste

There wasn't even a story. It was definitely a waste of money. It's such a shame because I loved the first book and thought the others were at least okay.

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Disappointing

The narrator's accent did not match the queen of the original books. It's very distracting.

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Outstanding Narration!

What made the experience of listening to The Queen the most enjoyable?

As the narrator, Rachel made each character's voice distinct. She made it so easy to know when a new character was speaking which provided for a really enjoyable listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

I haven't read the rest of the Selection series, and this book made me want to read more.

Have you listened to any of Rachel F. Hirsch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I also listened to THE ICE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER. That book required various accents as well. I was really impressed with (in both books) how she was able to make each voice sound so different, and how the voices she used in the two books differed from each other.

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

I didn't have an extreme reaction. I just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to more books narrated by Rachel F. Hirsch because she is not monotone, she is easy to listen to, and she does great character voices. My only complaint about the book is I enjoyed the book so much I wish it were longer!

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the narrator ruined the story for me

since it was only a 2 hour long audio book, I endured her voice and finished listening to the book. the story itself was weak and the characters not at all likable. don't waste your time or money, will be returning the book to audible.

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Too short! I realuze it's a novella, but stil...

Could have had a lot more back story and been longer even for a novella. I felt like I didn't get my money's worth.

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Feel Good Book

The sweet and charming romance and the soothing voice of the heroin combine to make this book enjoyable. It is a favorite, not too long in length.
I have listened at least 10 times.
I would love to know what happens to Queen Abbey and the king!

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LOVE

I loved, loved, loved the narrator and the story! She truly brought it to life.