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The Unwanteds

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lisa McMann

Narrated By: Simon Jones

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2011

Duration: 8 hours 0 minutes


The New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy makes her middle-grade dystopian fantasy debut!

When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: Each year all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination.

It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate—until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artimé. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artimé that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.


  • Leann P.

    This is a great book! We read it as a family and if you like Harry Potter settle in and get ready for an exciting journey! We read the whole series in two weeks because we could not get enough! (Kid’s ages 6 and 11).

  • Leigh R

    All in all it was great. I enjoyed it. However, I wasn't expecting a British narrator (although he was terrific). I wasn't under the impression that the series was British. Sorry I wasn't prepared so to speak, to hear Alex and Co. with that accent.


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