I'm not into this genre all that much- but I wanted something to listen to and with the hype about a movie deal in the works- my partner and I decided to give this a go.
It was absolutely enthralling. We listened to all three books within a week. And come to find out our son has read the first two books and was waiting on the third book to become available in his library.
We're both 39 and our son in 13. So there is a lot of appeal all across the age spectrum. I highly recommend this series- but be ready to devote some time to it- because you're not going to want to put it down!!! I hope you enjoy it half as much as we did.
When you take your audio book on walks and listen to it in bed you know it's a good book! Great imaginative story with characters you really care about. I recommend this strongly and can't wait to see what else Suzanne Collins has done.
Old timer IT guy, researcher.
The story feels somewhat simplistic, clichéd and quite contrived, particularly as key plot devices regularly arrive without warning. However, once the games start the story becomes much more compelling. I can understand how some people may have issues with the narrator, but if you can get over it, McCormick does quite a reasonable job. I think Collins shows her roots as this would definitely gain more stars for younger readers.
The book is very well written, believable from the perspective of our main character, narrated very well, and it keeps moving constantly to keep things interesting. I couldn't put it down and listened it through on my entire 8 hour Thanksgiving vacation commute- along with before bed and before / after naps!
Is this the first of a series or a stand alone installment? You REALLY want to be able to follow the story onward long after the final words are spoken!
The brings you in within 5 minutes. The narrator is excellent and suspenseful from the start. I couldn't stop listening!
It's definitely appropriate for a younger reader, but I'm in my 30s and still felt drawn in by the characters and plot. You won't be sorry!
I really liked this book! It kept me riveted to see what would happen next. Some people have talked about violence but to be honest there is more violence in a reality show on cable than in this book...you can handle it. I thought it was well written and very engaging. I did not however, like the narrator. When I first started listening I felt like she sounded like an awful robot, very stilted and stiff, but I had purchased the book so I persevered and I got used to her cadence enough to finish listening to the book. I will be checking the next two books out of the library to read myself rather than have to listen to this narrator again. It is a shame because the book is amazing and I would prefer to listen since I don't have the time to sit down and read it myself.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is very interesting, and keeps your attention throughout book, but not at the level of my absolute favorite books, so not quite a 5 star rating. The narrator does a good job, but there are times that she doesn't get the characters quite right. All-in-all, well worth the credit, and I highly recommend this book.
I'm surprised at all the rave reviews of this series. The idea behind the story is very exciting and entertaining, but the characters are very poorly developed. They seem flat, unreal, almost two dimensional. It's hard to really care about the story when you hardly know the main characters.
I suppose I didn't expect a young adult series to deal with the realities of war and oppression in such a realistic way. I totally bought into the story and identified with the main characters and eagerly moved on to the rest of the series. Narrator did a wonderful job.
Be prepared to buy all 3 books. Read them sequentially.
I found the premise good, the story interesting -- a PG version of something like "Battle Royale" (Japanese film). Interesting characters who are developed, if you read the trilogy. Content is certainly aimed at a young audience, but still good enough for adults.
The interview with the author at the end of book 3 is interesting for the literary-minded folks.