was forced to get this book by my wife, for a long road trip. Normally I dislike her choices, however this book is very good. having listened to it I purchased the rest of the series. Great listen.
Since the filming of Hunger Games began out here in the mountains of NC, alot of the locals seem to have caught the HG fever. I decided to try out the audiobook for a change and I am sooo glad I did. I think that Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators I have ever heard! I just couldn't turn this audiobook off....I had to know what was going to happen next (I would never have been able to put the book down until I was finished if I simply read it). The personality and voice that she gave to each character was so unique that even my imagination wouldn't have done it that much justice in my head if I was simply reading it. This is why I love buying audible books. I'm looking forward to buying the next one on Audible. I warn you...save a credit for the next one because you will HAVE TO get it immediately after this one ends. It is THAT GOOD! I am addicted now. I love a trilogy!
The book is categorized for YA audience. My 17 year old daughter was reading this on her nook and would not book it down. The author captivates us with a plot of survival in a world where the government forces youths to kill each other for their entertainment. Reminds me of games played in the Roman arenas. The plot, has a touch of romance. Without saying too much more , I hunger to read the entire series.
I read this initially for myself, and loved the book. I then listened to it, and did not enjoy the narrator. I felt the narrator was flat and did not offer the the heightened sense of urgency that the book has in and of itself. I generally love audible books, but do know that the way a book is read can significantly take away from the enjoyment of it. That is what happened in this case.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
It was a good story, an interesting concept. I guess it is YA because the main characters are young and don't curse or have sex. You can recommend this book to anyone and they would enjoy it. I gave it five stars, but it is not as good as Patrick Ness's, The Knife of Never Letting Go or Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Your going to read a lot that is good about this book, so let me just mention a couple of things I did not like. 1. I thought the whole reason SC gives for having the games, is weak, it would most likely cause the opposite reaction then what the Capital is trying to achieve. 2. I got a little tired of how stupid this sixteen year old acted in relationships. I believe a sixteen year old girl would recognize when a boy has a crush on her, especially after it has been pointed out to her. These are minor complaints and the book is worth the credit.
I just finished listening to the trilogy. I am a 27 year old guy and even though it is described as YA and features a female character I really enjoyed it. The story has dark undertones that explore the human experience; touching topics of suffering, hope, love, guilt, death and fear. The science fiction part of it wasn't too overwhelming and mostly provided the backdrop for the drama to unfold. The dramatization by McCormick was engaging; allowing each character to come to life without being overdone.
I loved Suzanne's book. So captivating and integrating. I looking forward to her next 2 books in the trilogy. It is hard to believe, but the next two are suppose to be even better. I'll let you know.