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While I liked the story, it was a little depressing. The reason I gave it 4 stars was for two reasons. I did not especiallly like the reader and I really did not like Katness very well. It was worth listening and the second book made up for some of the negativity I felt for the first one.
Love it and just got the second one! Was a skeptic at first but it wasn't boring for a second! Good book, love the reader! Carolyn McCormic does great when she narrates or appears on Law and Order :). Story is unique and gripping too!
When my son came home from school with this book for his English Lit class, he told me how "awsome" the story was. He does not like to read. I downloaded the Kindle version and read it and fell in love with the charactures and their struggles. I enjoyed it so much, I had to get the audio version so my husband can understand what we are all talking about. He blazed theough the story in 2 days. Thank you to the writer, publishers, and narrator for finally giving my family a great story to talk about and discuss. We have recently completed all 3 books in the series and I have to call this a must have trilogy. It opens up discussions and concerns that interest everyone who dares read the story.
I very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.
That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.
I forced myself to listen to the whole book but I still don't understand what all the hype is about. There is absolutely nothing new here - it is highly derivative of many other older novels (admittedly combined in a somewhat new way). I found myself predicting pretty close to exactly how scenes were going to play out long before they occurred.
In summary, it's not bad but there's nothing here to justify the hype.
Loved every minute of it (after the first 5, when I figured out what was going on). couldn't put it down. Worth every minute of time!
I was on the edge of my seat while I was driving to Maine listening to this book! It was incredible!! The only bad part was that it had to end.
I'm a 49 year old reader and longtime audible books listener. I like a little of everything but really enjoy dark (Stephen King), taut (John Grisham) and classic stories (Steinbeck). I'm no "Harry Potter" fan though I respect the series and can see why many "adults" enjoy them.
I was a little hesitant to purchase this book because of the references to "young adult". I've read a couple of these before and have been none too impressed.
"The Hunger Games" caught my attention just recently. I had no idea what a phenomenon it has become. I literally just stumbled upon it while looking for a way to spend my credit. I thought the premise tantalizing.
I was not disappointed. What a terrific story. The characters are very lifelike and the situation they find themselves in does not seem as implausible as one might think given the steady decline of morals and our nation's perplexing fascination with Reality Television.
In fact, the "young adult" aspect of the book worked very well for me. I get bored with violence, sex and profanity that seems to pepper every "hit". It seems gratuitous in most cases. The subtle, young-adult-appropriate nature of these tools was refreshing and did not distract from a very tense, interesting and surprising page turner. I think this shows great talent. It's like the comedian who can make you bust a gut without resorting to blue humor. That is the hallmark of a true artist, imho.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not some right-wing moralist who rails against everything blue or unsavory. I love Tarantino movies, for instance, because he uses these tools with great artistic effect. I just find Colins restrained treatment of a plot that could have been very "ugly" refreshing and well done. Today is my Credit Day and I'm going straight from here to get the second novel in this trilogy. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.
This is seriously one of the best books (and series) that I have ever read. I listened to the entire series over the course of 5 days--neglecting everything because I just could not get enough. I am not normally a scifi reader. But this was not farfetched at all. In fact, it had so many disturbingly familiar themes.
The narration was great.