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The Test

Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Britain, the not-too-distant future. Idir is taking the British Citizenship Test. He wants his family to belong. 

Twenty-five questions to determine his fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death. 

How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?  

©2019 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Thought-provoking and disturbing. A cautionary tale illuminated with dark enlightenment." (Kirkus, starred review)

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  • Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae
  • 22-03-2019

Shocking & engaging

Holy sh*t that was a mind f*ck. Sorry, but there really wasn't another way to put that. This book truly belongs as an episode of Black Mirror. It's shocking, it's engaging, and it really messes with you. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel is truly a novella that is going to stick with you long after reading it. I listened to the audiobook of it. The narrator (Neil Shah) was perfect. He was able to capture the characters perfectly and his accents and voices were brilliant. This audiobook was extremely well done. I was engrossed in the first minute of the audiobook and I didn't want it to end. I cannot wait to see what Sylvain Neuvel comes up with next. This was brilliant.

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  • Chester Johnson
  • 17-02-2019

Dystopian Britain.......

This short 2 hour and 12 min audiobook leaves the reader with a lot to ponder even after you finish the book. Very much in the same vein as a Black Mirror episode, it centers around a Iranian immigrant to Britain taking the British Citizenship test somewhere in a dystopian future, but all I'll say about the plot is that it isn't as simple as that. A great short 4 out of 5 star read for its intriguing plot.

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  • Jake LaFrance
  • 16-02-2019

Very good! Interesting concept

I read this book because I loved the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel and was much looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this little novella. The conecpt was well executed, the characters were great. I only wished it was slightly longer, maybe it could have been 3 hours instead of 2 hours. It was great either way though. I can't wait to read whatever Sylvain Neuvel releases next.

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  • Todd G.
  • 26-10-2020

End is a Letdown

There were a handful of twists that I envisioned at the end — none of them materialized.

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  • Anne Schwing
  • 26-10-2020

excellent

great narrator great story one of the few that kept me focused and riveted on every word. I will certainly be looking for more books written by Sylvnia Neuvel

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  • Pen Name.
  • 24-10-2020

Pretty good

Then ending was a bit of a cop out, as if the author put a lot of thought into the story and then rushed the ending. Enjoyed the story until the last 15min

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  • Grace in Delaware
  • 23-10-2020

Shattering

This is a really well written, terribly compelling story. The scariest part is, I can see it being part of our future.

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  • Margie
  • 20-10-2020

Not impressed

This book was way too long. I listened to it all and wished I’d stopped after the first chapter. And the ending is very anticlimactic. Don’t waste your time.

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  • KJH
  • 19-10-2020

Very affective, short thriller.

This packs a surprising punch for such a short story. With its mildly futuristic theme, it would make a great episode of Black Mirror. Definitely worth the time between regular length novels.

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  • Megan Dann
  • 17-10-2020

Short and Shocking

So many twists in the plot, I was kept engaged for the whole thrill ride. It was terrifying, a super mind f***, and had an ending I wasn't expecting. What's not to like?

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  • Rachel Buckley-Taylor
  • 07-04-2020

Really interesting concept well written

This book combines fantastic writing with a hell of a narrative, once I started listening I didn't want to stop. Fantastic