My nephew had to read this over the summer heading into his freshman year in HS, I expected a book very suited to teenagers. I found a book, well suited to kids in HS, but that contained a wonderful thought provoking story, stocked with very believable characters put into a difficult situation by their government.
While this is a "kids" book, I think most adults would really enjoy it. Good story, well read!
I listened because my children had all read the book; it was a great listen. We had a great time discussing it together. Many times I would find myself just waiting to drive again so I could jump back into their world. I am in my late 40's and enjoyed this as much as any sci-fi book.
yes. kept me on the edge of my seat
all of it. very good voice
So many books so little..nope gonna read them all!
This is a very interesting book with a unique story. My sister recommended it, said she couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, the narrator ruined it for me. I just did not like her voice. I'm reading the second book now, not listening. I'm enjoying it much more.
It's unfortunate when a narrator isn't to your liking. It's best to listen to the sample before you purchase even thought sometimes they are too short to really know.
This book was a far take from the lighter fare of many "scifi" books. The characters are deep with a lot of development that seems to come easy to the author. The story is at times disturbing, but in an appropriate way, not just for the sake of gore or violence. It all has purpose and makes the book all come together. The whole series was like that, deep and appropriate. It is not a light, fluffy book, so take it on as such, but it is very good.
T. R. Graves, Author
The Hunger Games is one of those timeless books that will stay with you forever. In some ways, it is reminiscent of The Lottery combined with a modern-day reality show similar to Survivor. It's a talented author who can describe starvation in such a way the reader feels like they have endured famine...who can build life-threatening events with such reality the reader's heart pounds while hormones of anxiety course through their veins...who can make the reader fall into heartwarming love at the same moment the book's characters do...who can make you mourn - with real tears - when great characters die. Suzanne Collins is just such author. Amazing. Inspiring. One of the greatest.
Katniss' selflessness and willingness to give her life for others along with her morals/ethics make her the perfect heroine. Katniss' tales describing her friendship with Gale and their likenesses means there is no way to ignore the strength of their bond and makes you wonder if she unknowingly loves him. Peeta's tender show of unrequited love makes the reader's heart squeeze, and they cheer for him as emphatically as they pull for Katniss to be the winner of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games and the Capital and the Districts. The world which was created within the covers of this book is very real, making this unbelievable story suddenly plausible and horrific.
I would highly recommend this book for people of all ages. In fact, I'm dying to tackle Catching Fire, which will be one of my next books.
T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #1)
Guardians of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #2)
Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #3)
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
I would, but I'd stress that the performers voice can get annoying when she's portraying the characters.
This book let me immersed and was very well written. Very easy to understand and keep along with the plot and characters.
I am not a fan of this narriator. To me, she mad the story seem more childish than it should be. Instead of getting into the characters, she'd back away from emotion (turning her voice into a whisper). Though she tried making herself sound younger or characters such as Prim and Rue, I think it turned out babyish...even so for Katness.
There is, but if I said it, I'd give the story away, so I'll just say the cave scene.
After hearing rave reviews of this book and having one of my favorite celebrities tweet outstanding reviews on it, I couldn't wait to read it. However, I went in with my expectations high. A little too high. Within the first few chapters, I realized I had to expect less from the story to be able to enjoy it more. I have a feeling that if I was tangibly reading this story, myself, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The narrators voice when she was reading the narration was fine and easy to take, but the moment she'd break into character, I found myself cringing.
I did enjoy this story, however, and look forward to diving into the next two books! I probably wouldn't jump in line to see the movie, when it comes out, at opening night, but I'll be anxious to see how Hollywood portrays the written words!
I was skeptical of this trilogy because of the genre classification. (It's the same reason I was one of the later converts to the Harry Potter series.) A couple of minutes in, I was hooked. The characters are complex and relatable, while the political parallels are intriguing and enduring. I cannot stop thinking about this series. Carolyn McCormick skillfully narrates all three books, and since I finished them one after the other as quickly as I could listen to them, all three novels merged into one arching tale. Listen to this book; you will not regret it.
The book itself was marvelous, amazing pacing and intriguing setting, the writing just pulling you in at once. Katniss is a very likable character right off the bat, and the moral and personal struggles she faces throughout the book, along with the constant question of whether or not a sense of self can be retained under the watch of an entire nation, creates many interesting dramatic moments and tensions.
I am, however, not entirely satisfied with the reading. It was a good reading, but I feel that the particular choice of McCormick does not go well with the book. It sounded like Katniss' mother reading her story; the voice lacked the necessary youth and vigor for the job. Yells and screams seemed forced and pinched, like produced while under pressure to not disturb others. The many voices of the male characters were rather indistinguishable, or only slightly different. For instance, Cinna and Peeta both shared a deep, calm (and slightly maternal, might I add) voice that sometimes made it hard to tell them apart.
Another thing I would've enjoyed would be a difference between the voice used for a dialogue, for a thought, or for plain narration. I know Katniss would be the speaker in all of these situations, but McCormick didn't exactly make an effort in separating the three with different tones, making it difficult at times to decide when narration ended and when dialogue or thought began.
It ranks in the top 5
I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!
Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!
The book moved me!