I absolutely loved this book! The story was spell-binding and the narrator was first rate! I will definitely be buying the rest of the books in this series and would highly recommend this book to others! Once I started listening, I kept working on projects around the house so I could keep listening and finished the whole book in one day. It was that good!
Well, have read some of the reviews, in particular the negative ones. I am 54 and travel a lot and listen to books, man I have had some boring stuff but this one kept me very interested and I thoroughly enjoyed it and cant wait to read the other two books.
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
I couldn't stop listening to this book- it sucked me from the first chapter. And it's not a book that would be just enjoyed by just young adults. Anyone who's looking for something different and something to be completely engrossed in, I would highly recommend downloading this one!
I bought this audio book because it was offered at a discount so I stocked up with a few titles. I wasn't expecting to be particularly impressed. In the first few minutes I was reminded of Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery" and was afraid this would be a poor imitation, but was soon impressed on many levels.
The characters were well developed, and the behaviors and feelings were believable and drew me into the story. The horror of the situation, and the environment was believable. It reminded me of reality TV gone too far, and I could actually believe there would be an audience, enforced or otherwise, that would eat up the drama and violence, yet there was no emphasis on violence. It wasn't necessary, the tragedy and violence of the situation was easy to feel through the emotions and eyes of the main character.
In one scene during the games the story was so compelling, and heartbreaking that I was brought to tears by the story, which isn't something that usually happens with me. I read a lot, and have multiple books going at a time, both audio and Kindle versions and it really takes a well developed character and situation, and this book has it.
I normally wouldn't have purchased this book, but I have to say it was well worth it. Don't buy it for the anticipated violence, buy it and listen for the wonderful characters Collins has created.
McCormick's narration was also very good, telling the story well and and with the right emphasis throughout.
Another reviewer "hit the nail on the head" comparing this to a beach read. I somehow finished this book, but regret wasting my time.
Characters are not developed enough for the listener/reader to feel sympathy for them or care about their fates; cliches are used frequently (i.e. scared to death, I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks) which betray a lazy author; the plot line builds but does not deliver on its promise; the main character is stereotypical, inconsistent and fabricated; the sinister leadership of the nation of Pannem (spelling? don't care if this is wrong) is not fleshed out and the reader does not understand the landscape that the characters live in...
I could go on and on about the flaws in this book. But just a warning will suffice: if you are looking for anything of substance, skip this before you waste your time and a perfectly good credit.
I purchased this book because of 2 things, the high rating and it was on sale. I read the description and would not have bought based solely on that. After I began to listen, I wondered why the description wasn't better and why haven't my children read this. I asked them and they all said they did and it was great. I said why didn't you tell me??? They said everyone at school (High School) said it was really good and so they read it. So then when it was over I went on and see there is 2 more books, I bought both of them and am excited to get started. I highly recommend this book. It is one of those, for me, that I didn't want to stop listening.
I like it...well written - good story, a "page turner" for people like myself who enjoy the futuristic genre. Although somewhat formulaic at times, I could still get lost in the unfolding events. It wasn't very deep, but certainly thought provoking. I'd place it amongst my favorite reads. One word - Entertaining.
I bought this book because it was a Nancy Pearl recommendation and it sounded intriguing. A post-apocalyptic story in which teenagers are chosen by lottery and forced to fight to the death? How could that be anything but depressing? The book was not at all what I was expecting. This is a great story with unforgettable and well-developed characters that looks what happens when the people with power do everything they can to force others into submission through fear and intimidation.
In spite of everything that the main character goes through, she manages to retain her humanity and her sense of right and wrong. Part of what keeps Katniss on track is her relationship with her fellow competitor, Peeta whose kindness and devotion are so strong that Katniss it helps her see things more clearly. Although this book is intended for teenage readers, I found myself in love with the characters and hooked on this unusual coming of age story.
Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.
Far more sophisticated than it's detractors realize, crafted to do just exactly what it does - engage hold and entertain. All the wonder I felt reading as a child found here again. As simply sumptuous as any I have ever read, ever.
It's a slow starter..but becomes overwhelmingly wonderful. I couldn't stop listening, cutting into sleep time. You will not be disappointed. Book 2 so far is just as good.