This work was my first introduction to Collins’ work and did I enjoy this. I had thought I’d listen while I did house work, you know background story “noise.” Boy was I surprised, I couldn’t quit listening, I had to listen straight through. Good thing I loaded this on my phone so I could have it with me everywhere until I’d finished the “book.” The social comment, I believe the underlying premise of this work, centers (in my opinion) around what happens when psychopaths and sociopaths have the best survival skills. What is stunning was the recognition that the story is fiction, the fear, dominance, and detachment necessary for this fictional society to exist are already manifesting in our current, real word. Read and be very afraid. And yes, I did buy the other two books in this series of three.
This book was boring. The narration was excellent but the content of the book is firmly young adult. Although other adult reviewers appreciated this book, I found the characters, social commentary and lackluster prose too juvenile to enjoy. I was bored throughout. I might've enjoyed this book when I was 15 but I'm too old for it now (I'm 22).
If you're not a young adult, avoid this book...it's a waste of credits.
This page turner leaves you desiring more from the lead characters who don't quite deal with the evil society that put them into their predicament. I started book two, got bored and left the series behind.
I expected the story to be predictable and simplistic since it was written for less experienced readers. I was pleased, though, that, aside from the age of the protagonist and the straight-forward writing style, this book could easily be marketed for adult readers. The plot is engaging and the ending is bold.
What a great book! I am usually hesitant to buy/read YA books, I suppose because I essentially think of them as a censored version of an adult book and feel that the story will suffer without the explicit details. That is certainly not the case with The Hunger Games. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and after reading the positive reviews I decided to give it a go. I don't feel that the lack of sex or graphic violence hurts the story, even though the bulk of it is about an innately violent, viscious game. I also like it because it takes a bit of a different spin on the typical distopian novel, which I am generally fond of anyway. I listen to Audiobooks in the kitchen while cleaning and doing the dishes, and I am enjoying this book so much I keep finding more things to clean! All in all it is very good and entertaining. I didn't find it at all "sappy" like some of the other reviewers, but rather accurate in describing the types of fears and emotions one experiences as a teenager. The narrator is excellent as well. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
I have purchased and listened to over 60 books since becoming an audible member 2 years ago. This was one of the most well narrated "edge of your seat" books I have ever listened to!
The writing is brilliant! A "children's" book? Well in the sense of some of the main characters thoughts and actions, but that's really where it stops. I have actually listened to to this entire series because I couldn't stop with the ending of this one.
If your looking for a future classic don't hesitate to get this one!
This was not something that I would usually listen to, but loved it. The story line was intriging and unique. Also loved the characters and the naration. I had to pay for the next 2 as I could not wait for my free credits to listen to them.
This is a story about a dystopian society. It reminds me of the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The characters are excellent. The story pulls you in immediately. I couldn't stop listening!
Definitely targetted at teens: lot's of gore, menacing gangs,dreamy dudes and reality TV. I didn't find it satisfying though I clung to my investment and listened until the end. There were many occasions I wanted to fast-forward or giggle at the author's contrivance of Katniss and Peeta uniting as a warrior couple (though Katniss does most of the warrioring): by a convenient change of the game rules. Maybe I should not have listened to it after Follett or G. R. R. Martin. Oh well. No sequel for me.