I enjoy lots of Sci-fi and Fantasy novels as well as Economics Non-fiction. My favorite novel is Orson Scott Card's Enders Game.
After listening to this book and the Hunger Games before it, I can tell you that Suzanne Collins is not a gifted author. She relies far too heavily on narrator explanations for everything and feels that it's necessary to point out every single detail, leaving nothing for the reader to discover on his/her own.
Maybe young adult readers need this much explicit exposition (I personally don't think they do), but my wife and I both found it annoying. We started joking about when Katniss was going to realize things we had figured out hours earlier; sometimes bashing our heads against the wall while listening to Carolyn McCormick's almost breathless realizations.
Having said that, the premise for the story is very interesting and is what drew me in to try the first book. I still want to know how this story is going to end, and will be listening to the last book in the future, but I'll think twice before giving another Suzanne Collins book a try.
Yes!! I would listen to the entire trilogy.
When Katniss was sent to the Quater Quails...
Again it has to be Effie... I love how she gets into her readings..
Everybody was so focused on Katniss.. I loved that.
I like messing about in boats.
I think I'm just too old for this teen novel. It's very predictable and the narrator is appalling!
Next time I'll go for a more adult novel.
Carolyn McCormick sounds like she is reading to a room of toddlers for whom English is a second language. Her characterizations are dreadful and she makes everyone sound stilted, stupid and surly.
Book 2 of the Hunger Games was just as great.. Had to get Mockingjay!
Left me wanting more..
Great story,very interested and narrated with good narrators.
the first one,equally good!
Yes the narrator was great.
McCormick's reading of the story is mostly competent. Her voice is pleasant to listen to, not monotonous, and she gives the different characters their own voices. There are a few odd readings of lines - one or two mispronunciations of words or misunderstandings of how a sentence is meant to be read.
For example, there's a line that runs something like 'by the way Peeta says this I know blah blah....' (as ''from the manner in which Peeta say this, I know...').
McCormak reads it as if there's a comma there: 'by the way, Peeta says this, I know...' (as in, 'incidentially, Peeta says this, I know...') rendering the sentence nonsensical.
There's few examples of careless slips like this, things which should have been picked up on in the recording.
But overall a good read.
I listened to this is just a couple of sittings while I got on with work. Though the first third drags rather, I was engaged enough throughout to keep me listening fairly attentively.
In some ways 'Catching Fire' is an improvement on 'The Hunger Games': secondary characters are more fleshed out, and the world is explored satisfactorily. It doesn't have the narrative momentum of the first book though and it is only really in returning to the same territory as The Hunger Games that collins seems on firmer ground.
Frustratingly, though the first half of the book largely consists of Katniss exploring her feelings and presenting in more depth to us the environment of District 12, many of the most interesting questions of character and world, on which the story rests, are never really addressed.
Collins hasn't got much feel for character, or world building, or narrative drive - but somehow, surprisingly, the books manage to surpass these shortcomings to remain intriguing, enjoyable and memorable - even quite powerful.
This was a good book, but frustrating since I suspected most of what would happen 15 minutes or more ahead of time and the waiting for it actually to occur was infuriating. In the end, however, it is the execution that matters and the book was well written in that respect. If you enjoyed the first book, you should definitely listen to this one.
These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.
First part just makes you thirsty for the second part.
Hunger Games. Part of the series I'm addicted to.
I was listening while typing at work and what a rememberence when I gasped out loud when Katniss and Peeta were watching Haymitch's old game and had to walk and hold his intenstines in at the same time. How can anyone forget?
Does this remind of of Three Dog Nights' song
I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. As a sequel, I thought it was pretty much as great as the first, and I think the reader, Carolyn McCormick, again did a great job. Well done. I'm looking forward to the final book, especially since I've read reviews that both loved it and didn't like it...