The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.
©2013 Joelle Charbonneau (P)2013 Recorded Books
I would have cast someone with a more mature voice to narrate this story. Ms. Norton's voice is much more suited for children's stories than adult - or even young adult - stories. When she talked about Thomas being sexy it just sounds unbelievable with her childish voice. It was really hard for me to focus and enjoy the book.
This was a very engaging story and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. There were some similarities between this and the Hunger Games, but the story stands on its own. Some of the twists I didn't see coming and the characters were interesting. The narrator was good and didn't detract from the story.
I haven't listened to her before. She is one of the better narrators. My only complaint is that she pronounces the "o" in opossum. Most people just day "possum". It was a little jarring every time she did it.
It had moments similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent. Only cause they are put through trials and it's a twisted government.
Holy flippin’ crap! This book was downright craziness! I’m having the shakes right now thinking about everything that happened in this book, and I’m having severe separation anxiety because I want Independent Study (book 2) now! If I were put in “The Testing,” I don’t think I could control my temper one bit; I think I’d probably hemorrhage right then and there and start acting like a raving lunatic. In fact, while reading The Testing, in one moment I’d feel like I wanted to jump right through the pages and go on a frenzied rampage, and then in the next moment I’d feel the complete opposite and I wanted to curl up in a ball and have an internal freak out.
In the very beginning of the book I wasn’t fully invested in the story, and it took me a few tries to get drawn into the story, as I’d start and stop reading. Which is really weird because it wasn’t very far into the book before the story takes a turn that really sparked my interest and got my full attention. At that point, there is this one particular thing that happens that actually had me leaping from my seat in shock, and I was stuck.
I can’t really talk too much about the characters in The Testing because I have some really strong feelings about a lot of those characters. This is one of those books that had me changing my original feelings for some of the characters by the stuff that transpires by the end of the story. So, by talking about the characters, I’d be revealing major spoilers, and you know how much I hate to do that! In fact, my feelings for some of the characters were so strong that I’ve gotten into a few heated battles with some blogger friends, particularly Jaime from Two Chicks on Books.
This is a book I would totally recommend! And if you are struggling with the beginning, don’t let that hold you back because the story’s phenomenal!
Only half-way through listening to this book and I'm not sure I will finish. The narration is awful. The narrator is so slow and deliberate that it sounds like she's at "read to me" day at Kindergarten. Please tell me it gets better.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Cia. She is soooooo smart. A great heroine. Never gives up and inspires. The things she does for her friends is just wonderful. She's one you want on your team.
It had elements of Divergent, elements of Hunger Games. A good blend, which people may not like, but I loved it.
Oh man, what a messed up society. I can't wait to see what's next. What an ending!!!
A very engaging story. Well written and well read. It is reminiscent of the Hunger Games series and the Divergent series in theme and tone but stands very well on its own. The characters are well developed. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely purchase the next in the series.
Yes with reservations. I would recommend they read rather than listen.
I didn't care for the narrator used for the audiobook. Her male voices were terrible, but the female was not great either. I definitely plan to physically read the future books if the same narrator is used.
I liked the concept of this book and did enjoy reading it. However, there were many things that irritated me. I found at times that many things/plot points/decisions seemed too perfectly laid out for the character. For example, it seemed that out of a large group of brilliant people, Cia was the only one capable of making rational decisions. It seemed that she just jumped to the correct conclusion every time and just knew what had to be done.
On the other hand, so many things were just too random. The main character Cia was singled out as special from the very beginning by an official who had never met her. It almost seemed that the author was trying to make a Katniss out of Cia but without having any reasoning. (No televised interviews found in the Hunger Games, or even the entire first Hunger Games which was what made Katniss a symbol of revolution.)
I liked the adventure of the story, and found especially the 4th stage of testing to be very interesting. The reason I rated it as highly as I did was that it maintained my interest. I wasn't overly fond of any of the characters, and thought they were all too inconsistent. One of the only major questions presented goes completely unanswered. (this is why I'll continue reading the series) It does have potential, and I'm hoping things improve in the second book.
I am glad I downloaded The Testing. Many people compare it to Hunger Games and I'd have to say it's a fair comparison. But it's not a copycat. The Testing has its own unique storyline, one that was intriguing and held my interest. Also, there was a slightly more plausible reasoning behind The Testing's madness. While the Hunger Games were a means of cruelty and punishment toward the districts (not to mention the sick entertainment value for capitol residence), The Testing's reasonings were more of a weeding out the weak in search of the best. It was still cruel and sick, but it was never a circus show like the Hunger Games.
The story was well written and nicely formulated. I knocked off one star for performance, because although Joelle Charbonneau's narration was okay, she read very slowly, enunciating every word as if a fifth grader was reading it. She must have improved as the story went on, because I didn't notice it by the second half of the book.
I look forward to reading or listening to the next of this series.
No. The female reader had an obnoxious male voice, and she made the story seem more juvenile.
The protagonist, Cia, had grit. But she was also vulnerable at times. I feel that she was able to hold on to who she was, despite the challenging circumstances. She was an interesting character to read about. I loved her family too.
No. I will steer clear of her in the future, choosing instead to read a book rather than listen to her.
Absolutely. Despite the bad reader, the story was thrilling. A great book for someone who enjoyed Hunger Games and Divergent.
The narrator. Completely took away from the story.
As for the actual storyline I would have made the travel sequences more exciting. I zoned out during the time the traveled because well, it just wasn't that exciting.
The way their society works.
She talked way to slow. Made the characters sound slow or stupid even. Couldn't stand her. I will be forced to read the next book myself if the use the same narrator for the sequel. Absolutely awful.
YES! We need to know how she lives with the knowledge that she learns from the device she got from her brother that she recorded info into before her memory got wiped. I know there is a follow-up book coming out in January and can't wait!
Good book, not my favorite but worth the read.
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