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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chandra Hoffman Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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With Chosen, debut novelist Chandra Hoffman has earned immediate comparisons to Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen.

In Chosen, a young caseworker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents, with devastating results.

It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her signing paperwork charcoal suit standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, set against a fluorescent-lit delivery-room backdrop. It's this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of the Chosen Child's domestic-adoption program, happy while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents.

But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland's winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples: the Novas, well-off college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing - except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what he or she really wants and where it all went wrong.

Told from alternating points of view, Chosen reveals the desperate nature of desire across social backgrounds and how far people will go to get the one thing they think will be the answer.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 2/19/2014

    " This was a good book, kind of slow in areas & a little predictable, but over all worth the read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randi Reisfeld | 2/14/2014

    " There was an intriguing review in my newspaper of record -- USA Today (okay, laugh, but they DO support books, big time) -- which led me to buy the book. Wish I'd waited for a library copy. Marketed as the story of three couples in various stages of the adoption process, plus a kidnapping, I thought it'd be interesting. It wasn't. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the couples, and the actual main character, a woman working at the adoption agency, was a snore. You already know how the kidnapping is going to end, and the one "forbidden" love affair never gets off the ground. 2 stars, but no recommendations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 2/9/2014

    " This novel started off interesting and had me hooked. I never wanted to put it down. The last few chapters were very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting look at open and closed adoption, and the "trials" couples go through to give up children and to try to have/adopt children. Quick read with some weighty themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/28/2013

    " Three couples' lives, bound together in a world of failed fertility treatments and endless adoption papers, unravel throughout this debut novel, Chosen by Chandra Hoffman. Chloe, a tough as nails adoption caseworker, is torn between making the affluent McAdoos dreams come true while crushing the lives of Penny and Jason, the desperate parent's to be. Enter the Nova family, lucky to be expecting after years of heartbreak and failed processes. Happiness is just around the corner for each of these couples. Or, is it? A simple mistake, one desperate action and an impulsive abduction force each player to examine their true emotions with unexpected consequences. It turns out, things are not always as they appear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerri | 12/9/2013

    " Now, one of my top 10 favorite books! Each character in this cast of intermingled, web-like nexus of relationships could stand alone as a novel. Not only was it a page turner (for me), but I either loved or hated each and every character, which -- I guess is one of the main standards of quality for a novel. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/4/2013

    " I really loved this story. I wasn't crazy about the ending, it felt a little rushed but I would recommend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamye | 12/1/2013

    " very detailed and realistic I thought. some parts were hard to take but I liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/22/2013

    " This was a very powerful book about adoption and how one event can lead to a chain of other events both good & bad. I really felt for the families affected in the story & I keep feeling as I read that this could really happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonja | 8/9/2013

    " I could not put it down! Very riveting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 5/2/2013

    " "'With my mother's death, all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis'" (page 186). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/13/2013

    " A good read - not that exciting but a scary twist on the whole adoption process. I didn't find the main character very genuine or believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Rhea | 12/11/2012

    " Interesting story. Kept my interest up to the end, but I was a bit dissapointed with the ending. I don't know what I expected, but somehow I wanted more justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Jenkins | 11/21/2012

    " I think this book was absolutely amazing. It really shows the roles of social workers (case workers), adoptive parents, and even relationships. I loved how there were a few twists that you would not expect. I recommend this book to anyone. It was well written and had great descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bojana Duke | 7/5/2012

    " Quick and easy read, but definitely mid-range writing. I haven't been exposed much to the world of adoptions so it was interesting to read about it. The book was pretty disturbing at a couple of parts when a baby was being abused. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary | 5/3/2012

    " This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read- I simply could not put it down! The characters are so interesting, the story line captivating, and the subject real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 5/7/2011

    " A pretty good story that was sensitively written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/17/2010

    " I think this one will stay with me for awhile! Makes you think about adoption, babies, and family. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.