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.
This is the first book of the three series. I was always looking for an excuse to stop and listen to the book because you never knew what to expect next. I would hightly recommend this book.