I read and listen to many different types of books. Some books are just better when read, rather than listened-to. For me, this may be one of those books. Her reading was not horrible, but it kept taking me out of the story. It was as if she were reading to a noisy group and trying hard to be heard (not a volume issue, but a tone issue). I must give the author credit for some original ideas and interesting plot points, but I guess I'm just not the desired demographic for this series (I'm 54).
Sometimes there's a book that feels as if it was specifically written to be read aloud and this is one of them. Everything from the story to the narration was excellent. If you're a fan of dystopian novels you won't be disappointed.
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
I read this to see if my grandchildren should read this trilogy. As disturbing as the premise is - a yes from this fussy grandmother. There is evil and good. Pain and suffering. You have to be willing to stand up for your beliefs and freedoms. Symbolism with the Capitol and the districts is interesting. Read and discuss with teens.
The summary to this book didn't really have be captivated but I was curious from the overwhelming great reviews. They were all correct. This is a great book! I immediately downloaded the following 2 books. I am right now in the middle of the 3rd one and I am relieved that it is almost over so I can get on with my life because right now, it revolves around only this series.
The Hunger Games is one of my favourite trilogies. I bought the audiobook hoping to recreate the experience. I honestly can’t get over my disappointment at one of my favourite books ruined by such an unskilled narrator. Carolyn McCormick seems to struggle getting the words out of her mouth. I can almost painfully hear her mouth exaggerate the movements. In print Katniss came across – to me at least – as a strong girl with a sarcastic sense of humour. The sarcasm seems to be lost on McCormick. Her accent drove me to complete distraction as well. I honestly think I could have done a better job at narrating this story (actually, I kept correcting McCormick’s enunciation in my head throughout the book).
The book was a little dark for me, but I did listen to all three books. The reader was fine but didn't seem to match the mail character. SPOILER ALERT: A score of teenagers are forced to kill or be killed for sport and public entertainment. If this is a book for young adults, I wonder what their favorite part will be. When a little girl is killed by a spear in the neck? Or maybe when the main character kills two teenagers at one time? Or when one boy gets torn apart by animals? Stick around to the end, and you can enjoy the part where little children are slaughtered. All three books are filled with images of killing and being killed. Why this should be recommended for young adults I don't know. This is also a Twilight kind of book where the female character goes back an forth between two males until your head could spin. I always want both guys to just walk away from all that erratic behavior - it is demeaning to both male characters when the girl is that fickle
Suzanne Collins paints wonderful pictures in your mind with her words. This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's written for teenagers, however adults will enjoy it too. The story is a little dark, but masterfully written. The heroine in the story faces many challenges along the way. She faces many conflicts in "The Games" some with the other contestants, but the biggest one is the internal conflict she faces with her emotions. I enjoyed reading this book, finishing it in three sittings. I enjoyed this book so much I bought the series for my teenage niece. Together we will share in the adventures.