This was a great book! One that you dont want to end - really interesting characters and great story. Premise is odd at first but the authors imagination is so good that you look past the horrendousness of the event that brings them there. I am not a kid - 42 Years old. I like Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, and the occasional best seller that is recommended to me so this had to be a good read for me to even write this comment! Get it - you will not be disappointed.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
The story gets you from the beginning. I can't wait to hear Part 2. Will definitely see the movie now.
Maybe the Harry Potter series. The books have a serious game in each one, full of twists and turns.
When Katniss is thinking about her sister and friend Gale back home with the thought that she may never see them again.
This book bristles with excitement. Descriptive in every detail you are going along Katniss's journey with her with every twist, turn and challenge she encounters.
I'm an avid reader who doesn't have much time to actually read, now that I am also a mom. Love that so many great books are on audio now!
I don't know since I did not read the print version, but the narrator was great.
Loved the developing of the relationship between Katniss & Peeta.
I felt like I could picture many of the characters well. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rhu, Hamich...it's hard to have a favorite!
There was certainly some horror at what the Hunger Games really are. It's an unbelievable thing to think about children enduring that.
Collins really paints their world and the characters well.
Usually, I listen to Audible books while I'm driving or out and about. I know I really like a book when I sit at home listening to it unable to put it down. Once into the "games," that was the case with this book. I listened until I finished the book, which in some ways is unfortunate. It's three days before I get my credits and can buy the sequels to the first book. At least, I know how I'll spend my credits.
While, for my tastes, the book could be spiced up some with a little "foul" language in appropriate places and with a little more sex, it was "Audible for Kids," after all. What I'm trying to say, is although I'm an adult and I appreciate adult fiction, this book certainly kept me entertained, especially when the action started.
The only objection I had was that I didn't really feel the angst of the kids that were tributes. I don't know whether that was just me, because of the way the author wrote them, or because of how the narrator played them. I think any kids entering a game from which only one could exit alive, would be under more stress and feel more anxiety than I felt from them in this book.
Still, an excellent listen, minus one star for the narrator for my perceived lack of emotion on her part, but maybe, that was instead the author's fault. I haven't read the book, so I can't compare the two different mediums.
It is a simple story that allows you to become part of it. There are soooo many
Carolyn allows you to become part of the book.
Yes, and we did... the whole series.
I'm factoring in the fact that this is a YA book in giving it such a high rating. There are some plot holes and twists telegraphed in an unsubtle fashion that I'd consider amateurish in adult sci-fi, but for a book aimed at teenagers, I can forgive them. (Hell, I like Harry Potter...)
That said, you should know that this is a book in which children are forced to fight each other to the death, and while because it's a YA novel, the violence isn't described in graphic detail, it's still quite grim.
Others have noted that the premise is not original: "Battle Royale" and "The Running Man" have covered similar ground, though aimed at older audiences.
I liked it: although a few parts of the story and the society stretched my credulity, the author carried off a rare combination of dark satire and gritty realism, and the characterization was quite good. The heroine is a bit dense at times, but she's a teenager, so that's not wholly unbelievable. Other than that, she was an engaging, sympathetic, and believable character. I found most of the characters to be quite well developed (although a few were, deliberately, almost caricatures).
There aren't a lot of surprises in this book, but even when the expected happened, my stomach was in knots waiting for it. The author gives us a rather ambiguous ending demanding further resolution: both for the main character's personal relationships, and the horrible, dystopian nature of the society in which she lives.
I gave it five stars because I started on the sequel right away to find out what happens next, and because at the end of the story, I really cared about Katniss Everdeen and her loved ones. However, the 5 star rating still got a bit of a boost due to my affection for the series; it's not a perfect book. Very good, though. Also, I have to say that while Carolyn McCormick's narration was fine, at times I thought she was a little too tween-y.
no, but I never want to listen to a whole story in one sitting.
Great for audible use. Not all books translate well for audio listeners but Hunger Games does.
I chose to listen to this story rather than read it because I just don't have time to read all the stuff I want to read, and this seemed to be a fast and enjoyable story. I did like the story a lot. But I must say I was disappointed by the reader. The main character, Katness, is a 16-17 year old girl, but the reader sounds like she's about 50 or 60. One would think this doesn't matter, it's just a reader...but that this book is written in first person present, it's jarring to hear an older woman with a hint of a British accent reading for a 16 year old girl. Especially considering that the book contains a great amount of bloody violence, the reader's mature poise just seems.....wrong.
Fantasy made current.
When katniss is going to eat the berries.
Carolyn is a wonderfully talented reader that breaths life into these books.
The girl who was on fire.
This is a strong story but the reading leave and pros are a bit simplistic. But it is defiantly candy reading.
It was a great story. Kept me wondering what was going to happen.
I like science fiction, and the idea of a weird twisted post-apocalyptic future.
This was my first audio book, so I don't know what to expect when listening to a book. Carolyn put a lot of feeling into the reading. I really enjoyed the job she did.
Yes, I could hardly get anything else done.
Thank you for a GREAT first experience.