I am usually not "into" these kinds of books but my sister in law insisted I give it a try. Now I am hooked. The book drew me in within the first few minutes.
This book picked up from the first book. I was not sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Highly recommended!
child survivor death
lord of the flies, because it is a game with all childreen, and death is involved
Yes, after a short time you can distinguish her character voices
We enjoyed this one the most out of the three, enjoyed the second book, the last one just didn't go the way I wanted it to. They are predictable, but they are for young readers and all ages will enjoy. Cant wait for the movie!
This is an excellent follow up to the first book. The tone is a bit more political than the first book, but do not worry Peeta and Katniss love continues as well as Gale!
Complete waste of a listen stop with book one. The author builds up a great narrative just to have it completely fall apart at the end with a horrible climax. Not worth the time, money or credit. Highly recommend against listening to it you will leave the book incredibly frustrated and wishing that you hadn't wasted your time. It turns out that Pita and Catnus are used as pawns in an overthrow plot. At the end the author has Catnus saved by a rebel hover craft after she blows up the force-field on the third day of the second Hunger Games--which she is forced into with Pita who volunteered. Although Pita is still alive and trying to run to the aid of Catnus they leave him behind to be captured and ultimately tortured to death by the Capital just so Catnus can be reunited with Gale and live happily ever after. Supposedly Catnus is too important to the rebellion to die while the only decent character in the whole book, Pita, is killed off, to write that this chain of events is annoying is a vast understatement. The author spends the entire book revealing what an intricate and genuinely good person Pita is, to the point that he becomes the most important character, just to end him so Catnus can be with Gale. It's predictable and insulting, common practice dictates that there can't be two male characters vying for the same lead female so one of them has to go making the book just another typical piece of Hollywood trash.
I left this same review for "The Hunger Games" but it is still appropriate. The story moves quickly but is easy to follow in situations where you might be momentarily distracted from time to time where books written for an adult audience is not always. No subtext or hidden symbolism to track or follow. It still has a great story line that moves along quickly with both action and emotional impact. I bought the whole trilogy and am glad I did. Great listen for the car, running, or the gym. I would recommend this to anyone teenaged or above.
I read the first book and sincerely wish I was reading rather than listening to this book. Carolyn McCormick is a fine actress, but she absolutely sucks the life out of this novel. She is too old to be narrating a 16-year-old girl. The pacing is grating. Read the book instead. Wish I could get a credit back on this one.
With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.
Although the narrator left a little to be desired (sounds too old for the young protagonist and has a strange inflection in her voice), the story held my interest and I've purchased all three of the trilogy. The second book of the trilogy has some unexpected twists. It would have to, considering the fact that I, as a reader, wondered how Katniss could get tangled up in the games again when she had already won them. You'll have to read/listen to find out.
I found that this book was a lot different from the first one. I liked both books a lot. The first one clearly showed a strong teenage girl who has had to grow up way to fast. This book showed that that teenage girl has now been launched in adulthood and is dealing with adult issues. This book was very intense for me. Where as I could easily see the appeal for the first for the teenage audience, this book challenges ideas of politics, loyalty, and romance that might require a more mature, adult brain to fully understand the full scope of the issues. It should be interesting to see how the movie handles all of the intense scenes from the movie. Also, I have heard that the third book falls short. We'll see.