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The Testing

By: Joelle Charbonneau
Narrated by: Casey Holloway
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It’s graduation day for 16-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about - hope for - is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance - and sheer terror - await.

©2013 Joelle Charbonneau (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Is it Tomas or Thomas?

I loved the story but the fact the narrator constantly changed the pronunciation of the name Tomas drove me crazy. Especially when it would change a sentence apart.

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Not too bad

First… the performer reads this to fast and her voice gets annoying. It is better if you set the speed to .9x

As for the story. It is basically The Hunger Games and Divergent mushed together. unlike the Hunger Games, the characters in The Testing are less interesting and not as complex.

However, the story kept me interested and I have enjoyed speculating about who the mysterious grey haired man is and what “The Testing” is really all about.

I’m not sure this book series will be one of my all time favorites, but it has been an enjoyable enough way to pass the time.

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This narration is so much better!

I tried the other version on Hoopla and could not last more than 15 minutes. I then switched to this version and could not stop listening. The story is wonderfully written and this narrator brings life to the characters so nicely.
This book is a dystopian trilogy, reminds me a little of The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games but is a great read. It’s not super predictable but easy to follow. It does have some darker themes that aren’t necessarily appropriate for younger audiences but nothing sensual (nothing more than kissing). I recommend this book with this narrator so much!

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Fantastic

Wonderful YA dystopian book. Very entertaining start to finish. Excellent narration as well. Would highly recommend.

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Amazing.

Such an awesome book. Finished it in two days. Obsessed. Everything you want out of a book.

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Really Enjoyed!

Dystopian Novels are my jam! This one definitely fits the bill! I’m so excited to see how the story will play out in the next book! The narration was great! I think she did a good job giving the characters their own voice without over doing it. Really enjoyed the reading, Casey really brought Cia to life.