I bought this based on the recommendations and I was not disappointed!!! I did not read the first book, didn't matter, I followed the story just fine. Really good, I think there is a 3rd book, which I will buy!
I thought this one and the first book were the best books i've ever read.
When all the victors hold hands.
She has a great way of painting a picture in your mind.
It choked me up a few times.
It was weak
The narrator sounded like a tranny
I still can't get the tranny's voice out of my head. she ruined the whole book. I stopped listening to it. AHHHH!
This is an interesting extension of the original story. I enjoyed it so much that I completed listening to it within 4 days.
It just didn’t catch me like the “Hunger Games”. While still a good book, it is not as dynamite and fast paced as “Hunger Games”. In fact, it is rather slow in places.
There was just too much indecision on the part of Katniss: is there a secret district, does she love Gale or Peeta, does she believe there are rebels organizing in the districts, should she rebel, and who should she trust. 17 yr. olds usually “know it ALL” and have very definite opinions. Katniss does not sound like a 17 yr. old in this book.
Everything is a summary of what happened when she and Peeta came home. I wanted to hear about the first meeting Katniss had with Gale after she returned and about getting her life back together. None of this happened and that is why it was slow.
FINALLY, the Big announced about the 75th Hunger Games is made and then the plot thickens and picks up pace. It is then back to feeling like the original book. There's plenty of action in the last chapters of the novel but it just wasn't as gripping. More action and emotion was needed throughout the book. I wish Collins would have done more development of the life under a totalitarian government. It was worth the read but not nearly as good as the first book.
I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.
It's the end and I'm glad. I wish I could keep on reading this wonderful story, but these characters deserve a rest after what they've been through. This isn't the ending I imagined in the begining, but it is the right ending. Right and wrong should be black and white, but sometimes there just is a gray area that we as humans must accept. This story gives me hope.
I would not try another book by Suzanne Collins or Carolyn McCormick. I hated myself for enjoying this series. The writing was terrible. For weeks after reading / listening (read book 1, listened to 2 and 3) I did nothing but complain about how much better this all could have been. Here's my major criticism of the entire series: extraordinary lack of depth.Yes, I know it's teen fiction, but consider other teen appropriate book in the same genre. Compare this book series to 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World (all of which I read around the 9th grade) or dystopian literature of the not to distant past, such as The Road (which is actually a lot less violent, though clearly not for kids). The problem with this series is that there's no point. Suzanne Collins make a critical nod toward voyeuristic consumer culture, but she never connects the dots in a meaningful way. At the end, we're left wondering what she's trying to say. Is there a message here? Is the story carrying a comment on society, politics, philosophy that is somehow relevant to our current experience of life on this planet? No. Or at least, not unless you're willing to go out of your way to torture it into something other than a Rambo quality action flick.
In the future I will not purchase an audiobook if Carolyn McCormick is the narrator. I actually read the first book, so I had the voice of the narrator in my head when I sat down to listen to this one. I almost didn't make. Her tone is completely wrong. No subtlety, limited character acting, pronounced as though reading a pompous speech to a class of graduating 5th graders... and the fact that it's written at ~a 5th grade reading level doesn't help matters. I had to force myself to listen. It was painful, but I made it.
This is one of my favorite books in recent memory. I'm really glad I downloaded it
Like I said with my previous review of the other Hunger Games book - this trilogy is amazing. I love every part
I think she makes Katniss to girly and weak when Katniss is a POWERFUL character.
And nothing else matters.
The futile fight against an overbearing government where no one can be trusted and reality is altered and manipulated by others made the philosophical backdrop of this novel distasteful to me, although the story was well crafted and the narrator did a reasonable job. I would not want a child of mine to read this story, which undermines hope.
I recommend this to anyone!
Catniss is so loveble.
I was waiting at a red light and laughing my head off out load while other drivers were giving me the look ! Priceless