I am in my 40's and an avid reader. I don't normally read books for young adults but I read so much about the Hunger Games in magazine reviews that I thought I would give it a try. And while I loved the Hunger Games I think this book is my favorite of the series. Suzanne Collins is so imaginative and always keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. It is great to see a character such as Katniss really grow as she faces the challenges of life. I loved this series and cannot wait to see the movies. And I would also recommend listening to this one a second time as I found there were some things I missed the first time around. Highly recommend the who series (but start with Hunger Games first!!)
Hunger Games absolutely enthralled me and this sequel did the same. The trilogy fits together as one book and I love every word.
The plot unfolds along with Katness as she learns what is truth and what are lies. The characters' backgrounds are more revealed and the story moves along at a terrific pace with descriptive and imaginative writing.
I find the narrator, Caolyn McCormick, to be excellent in her clipped and throaty delivery---she brings the emotions to life.
As soon as possible, I'm getting the third book! I don't want this to end, but I can't stop listening!
I think I liked this book the best because it was the center of the story and I couldn't wait to hear each word. Be warned it ends abruptly and will make you run out and buy Mocking Jay as fast as you can!
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Suzanne Collins is a great writer! This Hunger Games series is very imaginative and creative. I hope we see much more out of this author. I was just expecting another game like the first book but there wer some good twiests and turns. Can't wait for "Mockingjay"!
I never read a book buy Suzanne Collins until I read the first book in this series, "The Hunger Games" This book did not disappoint me a a continuation of the story.
yeah. i read the first one and thought it was well written etc but the content really bothered me. so in the second book it only gets more ridiculous when they get to go BACK into the ring? oh come on. enough is enough. while everyone else seems to think these books are fantastic, i say move on, pick something else... like say, Shiver or Linger. both fantasies and young adult but far more entertaining than the storyline where kids kill each other. nice.
This author has a way of drawing you into Katniss's world. I thoroughly enjoyed all the books. I don't know how much to attribute to the narrator, who did a fantastic job, or the author. If you enjoyed the 1st book then you have to get all three. They are well worth it.
We all know this movie is going to hit it out of the park - just like the books did! The only question is.... who will play the main characters!!
After listening to the first Hunger Games book I told myself I wasn't going to read the second one. Not because the first wasn't a wonderful book, but because I didn't know if I could take another round with the world that Suzanne Collins created. But after a couple of days I couldn't say no.
Collins has created a completely believable world, horrific, tragic, bleak and miserable, but completely believable. Sometimes you can see what's coming even though you don't want to. Other times Collins pulls out the unexpected, and they're not cute bunnies coming out of hats. Each new twist either makes me want to cry, or enrages me. You can't read these books without feeling for the characters and hoping, against hope, that all will be well.
The sudden ends of the first two books (I surely hope not the third and final) leave you hanging. Like life unfortunately, as you and the characters hope for the best but don't have a lot of hope for it. The best we can hope for is the survival of the heroes, such as they are.
So now that I've finished this one I didn't even both to wait for the next. It's loaded and ready to go.
Make sure you read these books in the correct order because you need to have read Book 1 to understand what's going on in Book 2. Time went by so fast while I listened to this book - a great story and really good narration.