I will have to admit that I was a little afraid at first to start listening to this book because I didn't want it to subtract from the incredible experience of the first book. However, my worries were quickly put to rest. McCormick in my opinion again delivered a very vivid visual story for us to follow along. Her ability to capture the emotions of each scene and to build strong and different identities for each character is outstanding. I would say of the three books, the story-line is the weakest in this one, but it still is an enjoyable listen and provides a solid lead for the concluding novel.
I began reading this series due to all the hype and my wife's fascination with the books. I wanted to read them prior to the movies coming out. This part of the story was fun and easy to follow. It won't require much thought or attention to detail to grasp the whole thing and I found it fairly predictable with the exception of a few, welcomed, surprises.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, Book 1, then you'll enjoy this book as well.
Carolyn McCormick does an OK job. She didn't do damage to the story but I don't think that she made it any better either. Her character voices would occasionally sound cartoon-ish to me.
Yup and you get one with Book 3, Mockingjay.
Plenty enjoyable and a short enough to make it worth a listen.
Not Carolyn McCormick! She really brings the story down.
No intonation, bad phrasing, very hard to listen to.
I would because itf they have read the first two, then they will want to know how the series ends.
No, but it was disappointing.
Yes. Her performance is the same. She is a good narrator, but I did not enjoy how she made Katniss's character somewhat whiney, which trivialized her strength as a character.
After spending so many hours with these characters, you really wanted the ending to be dynamic. It was a let down.
Great follow up to the Hunger Games! Again I couldn't turn it off, I sat in the car waiting to find out what happened next.
The narrator is horrible. She sounds as if she is doing an extreme exaggeration of what a silly, dramatic narration would be like. I also felt like she added so much interpretation to characters' moods in the book that I did not agree with. So the whole time I listened, I had to try and reinterpret in my head what the characters were doing/thinking. It's also much clearer that this is a child's book (as compared to the first book, which I think does a better job with adult readers as well). Everything is over explained and in a sense, "beats the dead horse," with the exception of a few key points that are confusing...and barely get explained at all! The reason I keep reading the books is because they are ingenious and so clever, but unfortunately, in my opinion, not because it's particularly well written.
I really enjoyed listening to this book of the series but again, I found it hard to not want Catnis to be less dramatic when she was reflecting. I can understand some drama to the event but to go on and on for several minutes just seemed to irritate me a little. Other than those episodes of hers, I was moved by the series and found mself looking forward to the next day of driving on my long trip.
It filled in some of the missing knowledge from the first book
Hamich, she could truly reflect his drunken states
there are several parts of the book that lend themselves to either tears or laughter
Intriguing, motivating, well-written.
I love Peeta, he is motivated and knows what he wants.
I think that Katniss was done beautifully. Carolyn McCormick is an amazing narrator, I have plans to listen to other books she has narrated.
There are so many points in this book that I loved, that made me late to work just so that I could finish listening to a cartain part.
Beetee. The way he is with the rest of the victors but when they look at the tapes of the past victors they see his abilities. Shocking!
I love this series and my students love them too
The narration was brilliant. The narrator inflexed her voice appropriately and consistently, not distracting but adding to the style of the story.
My favorite character is Hamish, he is just as honest in his druken stupier as he is in the few times he is sober. Yet very smart, working overtime not to seem like the caring gentlemen he really is and wish he could be if circumstances were different.
When Gail and Catnus had their first kiss
It made me teary when Gail was beaten and the 3 persons were killed in Rou's district.
I can't wait for book 3, i'll need to get some sleep before I begin to read it though. I'm exhausted as a stayed very late reading this one! Loved it