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!
I was pleasantly surprised by both the story and the ready. The story was interesting, but I feel in some ways we have heard it before, but perhaps not with children as the main contestants. We got to ride along with Kat during her journey but it seemed like everyone else was a passenger and not a participant and that is why I feel it lacked some punch. The reader was above average even though she needed to put more umph in some spots and left me feeling wanting. Overall good story and I will get the next one.
I have been deeply moved with this first part of the Hunger Games trilogy. Not only is the story fantastic, so, too, is Carolyn McCormick's narration. Wonderful vocal characterizations while also moving the story along fluidly. Definitely a story that easily appeals to both adults and children. I hesitated downloading this book for a while, worried that a "children's book" wouldn't keep my attention, but it has done better than recent "grown up titles" of memory. i can't find a flaw in the book or the narration. Can't wait to get the second and third books as well.
I enjoyed this book. So much so that I am now listening to the second book. The Hunger Games had a lot of good action scenes. I also like the evil government and am hopeful for an uprising.
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, after a few chapters, I had to quit listening to it. I will admit that the main character, Katniss (the girl telling the story), is not the most likeable person, but McCormick's cold voice characterization was making me hate her. Thankfully, I was intrigued enough by the story to go buy a physical copy of the book. It's much easier to get through and enjoy the story without McCormick's narration. I would give the actual book 5 stars, but this audiobook is only worth 1 (if even that).
Exceedingly delightful. An incredible page turner, I did not want to stop listening. Well narrated and well written. It will make a blockbuster movie, just wait. I loved it anyway.