Books are like air: I need them to live.
This book was a recommendation from a trusted source and I understood going in that its target audience was more of a YA age range but the movie trailer and book description sunk the hook and I jumped on this one.
I think this book and story are excellent. The characters are very well drawn and everything plays out strongly. Collins has created an interesting take on a future USA. There isn't much that explains exactly how the world got to where it became this new nation and districts but it is not even necessary. It isn't the point of the story. Collins excellently builds conflict and the characters are rich and interesting.
Be warned, this is a dark story on all levels. Collins also doesn't let any of the characters off easy in any situation. Right up to the last page the characters are being emotionally punished. The physical threats in this story are actually less frightening than all the psychological and emotional threats that Collins keeps piling on.
There were a few moments when Katniss's constant suspicions of her own feelings and the motivations of Peeta start to grind a bit but it doesn't last long and I just came to accept that the trait was who she is.
The narrator did a good job with all the voices and making sure they were consistent and all of them distinct.
I'm looking forward to jumping into the next volume.
So I had rebelled against reading this book for a long time because it seemed so popular...yeah I know it doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyway, I broke down and bought it recently and am VERY glad I did!
It's a sad and disturbing tale that inspires hope and rebellion for me. My only negative is that I was somewhat and frequently annoyed with the cadence of the narrator. I'm unsure if this is due to how the story is woven in print or due to the natural cadence of this narrator (I'm assuming some of both) but I eventually got past it and it turned into a part of the realities of the book I accepted.
I look forward to reading the rest of the books!
I wouldn't have been able to get through the print version. This type of story isn't my usual taste.
Catniss. She was the only character with depth.
She read it just fine but there was a few recording glitches and background noises.
This story is good. However it reminds me of what schizophrenic person must feel when off their meds: People always watching, magical parachutes falling from the sky, grandiose skills. If it wasn't an audible book I couldn't have done this story. I liked it, but there were believability issues I needed to suspend in order to do so.
This is my first audio book that I have listened to. It was so much more than I was expecting. McCormick does a wonderful job in the reading of this book. The slight tone and pitch changes for each character made me believe the actual character was speaking. The reading, or should I say acting, was entertaining without being corny.
The story itself is not overly original. I would describe it as a cross between Logan's Run, The Running Man and Lord of the Flies. There was nothing in the plot that I found surprising. The plot was a bit unbelieveable at times and usually predictable.
The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was best performed. McCormick did a great job portraying other characters in the voice of the main narrator.
I had no extreme reaction in this book as the story was mostly predictable. However, one scene could be a tear-jerker to some.
Self absorbed adolesent girl struggles with preteen emotions while using her super woman hunting skills to survive against the dark forces of an oppressive and cruel government.
This is a classic story told well. My only complaint is that Collins sets us up with the rules of the universe only to change them near the end. Also, there is a taint of "deus ex machina" when the mentor sends gifts at appropriate times. I find this causes the book to tilt more towards fantasy than scifi.
I rarely read "young adult" books unless I am previewing them for young adults. However, when a number of my friends and numerous people from a book group kept talking about how fabulous this book was, I decided to give it a shot. I LOVED it!
The narrator did an excellent job. I found myself driving an extra loop around the block or waiting in my drive in order to finish a scene before turning off the book. This genre, post-apocalyptic, is NOT a favorite of mine and if it had not come so highly recommended and been available on sale, I probably would have passed. I found myself completely engaged in the story and look forward to reading the next one in the series.