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The Choosing

The Pruxnae Book 1
Narrated by: Angel Clark, Matthew Josdal
Series: The Pruxnae, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Ziri Mokuru has lived her entire life in the rural village of Arden Hollow on the planet Tersi. While her parents are off having adventures and being Very Important People, she's struggled simply to find a place where she belongs. One night, she investigates a disturbance in her home and discovers an armor-clad man sorting through her belongings. Her first thought is for her parents' safety, not to question why this man is in her home late at night without even the courtesy of knocking. After all, no one among the trusting Tersii breaks into someone else's home without a good reason.

Ryn abid Alna has an excellent reason for sneaking into Ziri's home. After years spent scraping together enough vud for the bride price, he's finally ready to steal a wife. One look at Ziri's sweet smile and Ryn decides no other woman will do. She can fix anything she touches, so why not the loneliness he's lived with since he was enslaved as a young boy?

Though Ziri longs for love, she's not so sure she's ready to settle down with the man who kidnapped her, especially after he jumps her into a nest of Sweepers, a sinister alien race bent on mayhem and destruction. As the day draws near when she faces Ryn's family on the Choosing field, Ziri ponders the hardest decision of her life: Fight for Ryn and the place he's made for her in his heart or choose another man as a life mate and risk never knowing love.

©2015 C.D. Watson (P)2015 C.D. Watson

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  • Shawnequa
  • 23-12-2015

surprisingly good!

Very well written book. Had my full attention throughout the journey. my only dislike had to be the lack of confidence and ensuing misunderstandings

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  • Sharon Demond
  • 18-04-2016

The Choosing - slow not bad, but slow.

Would you try another book from Lucy Varna and/or Angel Clark and Matthew Josdal ?

Yeah I would, I loved her story line, however, it needed to pep it up some. I got half way through the book and stopped. I read 3 other books and then came back to this one. Again, I liked the story line, just that there were very slow spots.

If you’ve listened to books by Lucy Varna before, how does this one compare?

I have not, this was my first story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Interesting, I think the narrator was fine, but could have also been a little more peppy. Again, very seldom do I start a book and stop in the middle. I almost wasn't going to finish, but I came back and did. It was a good story, just slow.

Did The Choosing inspire you to do anything?

No, only to give it a rest - read 3 more exciting books with a faster pace.

Any additional comments?

I hate to give negative reviews. I really liked this story when I finally finished it. I did like the characters but the pace was just too slow. An author has to keep the reader's mind engaged. Again I loved the story. I don't want to be negative. So please Lucy Varna don't feel bad. Just speed up some of the story-line in the future.

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  • Tracy Gonzalez
  • 21-02-2016

What a phenomenal book!!

This is definitely not your traditional love story. But it is so much better!! Ren was the perfect gentleman and I'm truly happy that he and Ziri were there for one another. He definitely saved her life just as much as she saved his.

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  • Vanessa
  • 11-02-2016

Different

Would you listen to The Choosing again? Why?

Not really.

What other book might you compare The Choosing to and why?

I compare it to the hunger games except instead of fighting for food they are fighting for love.

Have you listened to any of Angel Clark and Matthew Josdal ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Angel Clark before and I have to say she did an amazing job narrating.

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

Yes because I wanted to know what Ziri will do next.

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  • robert
  • 03-01-2016

choosing work

What did you love best about The Choosing?

choosing weather to listen to angels voice or go to sleep or work

Who was your favorite character and why?

any one angel voiced her voice is 1 of a kind and i just cant get enough of it ive listend so many times

Which character – as performed by Angel Clark and Matthew Josdal – was your favorite?

matt was okay but angel stole the book with her enthusiasm and passion for her characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i just really liek the voice over it hooked me in

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  • Bethany
  • 16-02-2020

The Choosing

I wasn't sure if I was going to get into the story after listening to the first few chapters. I kept going and glad I did! Hot Alpha raids for his bride. I didn't like how H developed halfway through but overall was a good story and loved reading about the different worlds.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 28-01-2020

Tradition, Compassion, Kindness and Love

A trader Rhin (pronounces wren) is a trader, an adopted son of a race who have trouble having daughters who live. They have a tradition to kidnap a bride and within a certain period of time allow her to ‘choose’ her mate
Ziri is the woman he wants...she has never fit in anywhere...but in their journey to his planet tradition, compassion and kindness rule.
Suspense, misunderstandings, hurt feelings but an eventual understanding leads to a HEA
Great narrators and a story I just couldn’t quit! Looking forward to the next in the series
I received a free audiobook for an honest and voluntary review.

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  • Sparky's Girl
  • 15-11-2019

I really love this!!

I had not heard of this author before receiving this book to review and I have been missing out! I love this story, how the relationship develops pretty naturally instead of the insta-love that a lot of books have. She fights the relationship, he has doubts, she has doubts, ect. It was wonderful.
Narration was great as well! The narrator's blended the story so well that I found myself wondering if they recorded it in the room together. I cannot wait to continue this series!

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

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  • rachel pohler
  • 29-10-2019

So unique! I was captivated

I loved this book! I have never read anything quite like it before. I very much enjoyed this from beginning to end. I think it was full of romance and danger. I think it was well written. I was engrossed in the story the entire time.

I would recommend this book to any romance lover.

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  • Jessica Butler-Squires
  • 16-10-2019

Out Of This World!!

I loved Ziri and Ryn and the AMAZING and adventurous world Lucy weaves into life! This is so new, different and wonderful!! The Pruxnae kidnap women to becoming their wives on the choosing. The moment Ryn saw Ziri and how amazing she was at everything she did in his eyes she was his wife. He was the perfect gentleman. This is a slow moving love story with a very interesting and different beginning!! This was a fantastic story with lots of fun little twists and turns!! Also can we please make that language learner a real life thing!
This is one of those stories its hard to really review without gushing about how much you fell in love with it and giving away everything with your favorite parts!! Get this story! Fall in love with the author like I did! I can't wait to see whats in the next books! Lucy Varna is a new writer to me but I will happily devour her stories!! And Angel Clark and Matthew Josdal were PERFECT for what I would expect out of a story like this. Especially the different "language" scenes. They didn't falter and were amazing! I look forward to any work by Lucy Varna!
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  • Sara B
  • 30-01-2020

Great narration!!

The Choosing is an entertaining sci-fi romance with exciting worldbuilding. The premise for the story is excellent; however, the execution, to some extent, lacked. The characters are great, but I didn't like how bad Ziri treated Ryn, I actually felt bad for the guy. The narration by Angel Clark and Matthew Josdal is excellent. They portrayed the characters very well, and I really enjoyed their performance. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.