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.
No, it is a lot of whining and emotions. Just stop after the Hunger Games and make your own ending.
The second hunger games was pretty entertaining. The least interesting is Katniss's constant rants and ridiculous "emotional" queries. Anytime Katniss is by herself is just plain boring.
very old lady
The reader's voice sounds like a significantly older woman, not that a 17 year old would be better, but there has to be a happy medium.
I enjoyed it but not much as The Hunger Games. It felt a little drawn out and didn't have originality of first book. The Hunger Games I loved and had difficulty putting down but not so much with this book. I did still enjoy it and would recommend the series to others. It felt much more like what it is, a young adult novel, with big chunks of the book given over to the main character "mooning" just like a regular self obsessed teen! Carolyn McCormick was not suited to this book and that bothered me throughout the whole listening of all 3 books. She is a good reader and would listen to other works she did provided I felt it was a good match.
I would probably not listen to this book again simply because the narrator was only average. I did like the story, though. It was very captivating to listen to.
Not sure what she could have done to improve. I just didn't like the quality of her voice or the way she "played" each character. I have heard far better...namely, Davida Porter.
I was assured that once the wedding dresses are delivered, the book gets much more chaotic and it was true. However, it was overly dramatic and the heroine definetly suffers from the reluctant hero syndrome (whining)
This series gets better and better with each book. And the performer, Carolyn McCormick, really masters these characters voices making it easy for me to know who was speaking.
The continuation of the tale and the feeling that eventually things were going to turn around and be OK
Here and there and few more signs that somehow Cat was going to catch on and figure it out.
Her change of tone and expression as she changed viewpoints.
No extreme reactions, other than HOPE ---- that the tide was actually going to turn and solutions would come into play.
I did not, and will not, purchase the 3rd book of this trilogy. My decision was based on reading other reviews that spoke of the hopelessness and darkness of the 3rd book. I don't want to go there, and would prefer to come up with my own imagined ending to this tale. Call me a romantic if you wish, but I'm not inspired by authors who subtly build hope up, then dash it to pieces. Not going there.
It's nearly as good as Book One. Some of the problems for this book include a strange structure; it seems as though the first half of the book is an information dump, as though Collins feels the need to explain "everything that happened to Katniss after Hunger Games", so as a reader you are left with gobs of exposition.
Fortunately, Collins has done so much great world-building that the exposition is still darn interesting, and there is tension everywhere, as we see Katniss trying to live her life in a repressive environment. But as the chapters piled up, I wondered, "Are we going to be treated to another round of the Hunger Games?" After all, the series is called The Hunger Games, so you kind of have to feature the deadly event as a central component in all the books.
Sure enough, there is another Hunger Games, but it doesn't even begin until the second half of the book, and I wonder if that makes this installment somewhat inferior to Book One, which is structured beautifully.
Personally, I love the political implications of Katniss' actions, and this book uses that as a central theme.
To the critics who don't like the love triangle -- I actually found the love triangle stuff more tolerable in this book than in Book One.
McCormick's narration is fantastic. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to Book Three.