The story is great, with a full range of interesting characters and moral dilemmas.
The performance was a total mismatch. This is an exciting story of young heroes and heroines defying the adults and the establishment--why did you have it read by an adult? This middle-aged woman was poor across the board--from the 12 year old Rue to the crusty drunk Hamitch, and definitely for our heroine Katniss. Couldn't you find some exciting young people to perform this for us?
I'm not sure I will listen to the other 2 books in the series. I will probably read them instead, since it is the same performer.
After the author gets to the actual Hunger Games, the story takes off like a rocket!
Simple, Catness, the main character is definitely the best. I found myself wanting to help her. I could really visualize her and her trials and tribulations.
First book I have read of hers, but I did just download the other 2 books.
When Roo dies, that was definitely moving.
Carolyn McCormick is the voice that turned me back on to audiobooks. I have a hard time not dosing off listening to others but not Carolyn. Her performance is wonderful throughout all 3 books. The life she brings to each individual character is amazing. I am so glad I gave this a try. I was not disappointed. I even had to up my membership to the next level so I could continue on with the series.
Absolutely had a very hard time turning this off!! I listened for hours on end, every chance I got!
I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
The Hunger Games series will steal your soul. These books are not just for YA listeners but for anyone interested in action. It kept my attention and I almost listened to the entire book in one sitting. Book 1 sets up the series but also has its own ending.
Middle-ish. Luckily I read the books before purchasing the audiobooks. I'm not sure I would have bothered to read the second two if I had listened to the audiobook first. See below for more details.
Everything. Well, they got one thing right, I guess...she's female. She is far too old to be Katniss. Mostly though the problem is the way she over-enunciates everything. There are two main effects: (1) it's odd and annoying because it's so unnatural. For example, she says
Yes with respect to the story. Definitely. The entire series is hard to put down.
If you hate the audiobooks, don't give up on the story. Make the effort to read the series if you can--it is well worth it!
Definitely and have.
Most certainly 1984, there is a definite
Although not horrible, Ms. McCormick's voice was too old for the characters. Sometimes, when she was trying to sound like a young person it was almost silly. I got the impression that she was an older woman( 60's?) trying to sound like 12 -18 year old boys and girls.
I wish I could have.
I was surprised to find that this book is written for Teens. It is cruel and at times, borders on gruesome. It goes far beyond the surface and enters a psychological realm that I'm not sure teens would understand. If I were to give this to a child of mine to read, I would want to read it with him or her so that we could talk it out. I just feel some of the subject matter is too adult for younger teens and too deep for even adolescents.
As a 37 year old woman, I absolutely loved it and was riveted!!!
This was an excellent book. From the story itself to the reading of it I give it all 5 stars. Once I started listening I could not turn it off. I finished it in a day and a half and am downloading the second book in the series as I type this review.
I highly recommend to anyone of any age.
I feel like the other reviewers that said that Carolyn McCormick kind of "ruined it" for them. She overstates/over-enunciates every single word. If the character in the hunger games is a 17 year old girl, I don't understand why they didn't get someone closer to that age to read the story. It would have made a huge difference.
This is my second audio book but so far it is my favorite.
The only other book I have listened to is The Host and it was an excellent read as well.
No. She did a great job with this one.
Its all about survival and not giving up.
To try to explain this book to someone it sounds like a killing morbid book but it was a great book about struggle, passion, and a strong will to survive and lift up others in the process. Kept me going the whole book. I had to start the next book right away. I only allow myself to listen to the books on my treadmill and with this book I found myself on there for an hour in no time at all and I could hardly wait for the next day so I could get on the treadmill again. Crazy.
The premise was intriguing and the dialogue compelling.
No, I wanted it take as long as I could string it out.
I will listen to the sequels