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.
While this is a scholastic book and I am in my mid 30s I have to say I enjoyed this one a lot. So much so I purchased the second book which I am currently listening to. Get this book and you will find it hard to stop listening.
This book really sucked me right in. I wasn't alone either. I was 8 chapters in when my teen daughter caught me listening...and sat down with me until it was over.
Everyone is so crazy about this book. I thought it was okay. My problem is it was dark and depressing...not much fun. There was a very subtle romance, but not enough for me. If you like your stories dark and hopeless, this is your series. I won't be continuing it. Good news is that the author is talented...it was well-written, just not my cup of tea.
I bought this in June 2008 and never listened to it... got a few "pages" in and got bored. But about a month ago I'd run out of purchased options and gave this one another chance. I promptly bought the next to books in the series as well as it was a surprisingly engaging and interesting listen! This is the best of the 3-book series but the other two (Catching Fire and Mockingjay) are also good. It's an interesting world and captivating setting and description. The characters are interesting, but it's very much about setting in this. The narrator is good and is the same person in the next two books too so that was nice. Give it a listen, you'll be impressed!