Own a small business and took up listening to books so I could multi-task. Am now hooked and only read when I can get whisper-sync.
I read the book before listening to it. When I read it, I wasn't emotionally connected to the characters. But, when the book is read, you find yourself becoming part of the story. You feel what Katnis feels, you hear what she hears, you see what she sees.
The reader of all three books, Carolyn McCormick, makes the story come alive.
The story is one of challenge against adversity. It illustrates how humanity can go awry in its desire to punish and protect what is important; how power can corrupt. But, the strength of the story is the way the author shows that all it takes is one person to change the course of said humanity.
As I mentioned above, Carolyn McCormick has read the entire trilogy of the Hunger Games. I hadn't listened to her before the first in the series. Initially, I felt her voice was off-putting. (I kept hearing the character she played in Law & Order). But, once she got into the story, all was forgotten except her excellent portrayal of all of the characters. She gave them each their own voice, personality, and life. She was able to carry the listener into the world of PanAm. She got better and better with each book.
If you are considering seeing the movie, don't. Listen to the books. Allow your mind to imagine the world, the people and the challenges they face. Let the Suzanne Collins' story, read by the amazing voice of Carolyn McCormick, carry you into a world where life is precious and death is swift. Allow yourself to become emotionally involved in a story that has depth and meaning for the world today.
The first book in the Hunger Games was exceptional, and as a result one would expect a similar quality if not better in the second book. Unfortunately, it seems that the author gets too bogged down with the protagonist's personality and her internal struggles. While sometimes appropriate, other times it feel like the author does not know what to make of the protagonist. When the protagonist self-reflects she constantly shifts from sensitive and vulnerable to indifferent and callous every few seconds. This unconformity between the protagonist's personality and the larger plot in the book is poorly balanced. Despite all that, i'd recommend sticking with it, as it does pick up towards the last few hours.
I would recommend this book. It isn't quite as good as the first book, however it's an excellent read. You get exposed to more of what happens after the Hunger Games, but the touring of the districts goes by with almost no details. Everything happens so quickly you almost don't get any depth to the story. New characters are met and the plot with the Capital thickens, and it really leads into book three well. However I don't think this book stands on its own.
Beady. He is very inventive and valuable outside the games.
I disliked the performer's voice and her interpretations of the characters. I thought she did an acceptable job with Katniss, however all other characters were lacking in my opinion. I did grow to enjoy it more the more I listened, however it continuously nagged at me
Not as expected. For a very interesting book like this one, the narrator performance is poor quality.
I love to read. So, Audible has given me a chance to "read" when I normally couldn't. I really enjoy it.
Good for all ages. Good story.
Yes. In the series. The series was really good
Yes, but I couldn't
By being audio you experience the feelings in the words, and the book comes alive in a different way.
Catnus as she comes to understand the meaning of trust and faith.
The scene when Snow visits her in new home to threaten her.
No, but it did want me to start with the third book strat away.
The quality of the Hunger Games continues in this second book of the trilogy.
Good narration. It was very clear which character was "speaking" as she was reading.
i admit, at first it is a bit disturbing to get used to the concept of "hunger games" and what that entails but it's all very well done and exciting--you never know for sure what's going to happen. the narrator does a great job and you really get lost into this whole "hunger games" experience. i highly recommend this series. it's one of the best i've happened on in a while.