I found The Hunger Games to be a slow start, but once I got into it, I was captivated by this story! I have to admit some disappointment at the end, as it appears we are going to be trapped in a love triangle, and I guess I thought Katniss would be above that... :) I am taking a break from the series, but do want to come back to it and finish the trilogy.
Overall, I thought this book was excellent and have already devoured the sequels. The narration and pace were very good. It is hard to read this book without thinking of Roman gladiators and Mayan ballgames, and to realize that rulers of "civilized" societies have actually used such gruesome, ritualized games to control the masses. The author notes the influence of gladiator games and reality television on her decision to write in a postscript. It is the sort of book that makes you wonder how far leaders are willing to go to take control, and the kind of bravery it takes to stand up to people who have the power to kill everyone you care about. Beyond that, it is easy to get caught up in the story...the simple life of youngsters on the edge of starvation faced with something so much greater than themselves that they have no choice but to do the unthinkable or die. The story goes from a poor village with simple technology, to a utopian metropolis, to an arena with means of death that would make leaders of the inquisition sit up and beg. Descriptions are good, though I think the first person narration made a few of the characters seem a little flat (mainly Peeta and Gale), and it's hard to imagine teens in such an environment would place so much emphasis on kissing, kissing, and more kissing with some talk of marriage, though the stinted romances seem reasonable given the tense circumstances. It is violent, but no more than it needs to be to tell the story and have the reader understand the horror of the situation. The characters aren't chess pieces, but people the reader is made to care about. All of the characters have their quirks and flaws, and don't necessarily react in predictable ways, but the reactions still make sense in their context which helps the realism of the book. Overall, an important theme, and an entertaining book.
Best Addiction I've had since Twilight and Harry Potter.... not that the stories compare, they're all three different, but the need to finish the series is the same. You won't be able to put your i-pod (or other listening device) down. Be prepared to feel the need to purchase the next book before your next credit is on your account!
This series Is the most interesting story i have ever listened to. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Suzanne Collins paints the picture perfectly . I feel as-if i have seen the movie. I logged 48 hours of driving time and didn't feel it at all listening to the first two books of this series. I highly recommend it!
I absolutely loved this book! The story was spell-binding and the narrator was first rate! I will definitely be buying the rest of the books in this series and would highly recommend this book to others! Once I started listening, I kept working on projects around the house so I could keep listening and finished the whole book in one day. It was that good!
Well, have read some of the reviews, in particular the negative ones. I am 54 and travel a lot and listen to books, man I have had some boring stuff but this one kept me very interested and I thoroughly enjoyed it and cant wait to read the other two books.
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
I couldn't stop listening to this book- it sucked me from the first chapter. And it's not a book that would be just enjoyed by just young adults. Anyone who's looking for something different and something to be completely engrossed in, I would highly recommend downloading this one!
I bought this audio book because it was offered at a discount so I stocked up with a few titles. I wasn't expecting to be particularly impressed. In the first few minutes I was reminded of Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery" and was afraid this would be a poor imitation, but was soon impressed on many levels.
The characters were well developed, and the behaviors and feelings were believable and drew me into the story. The horror of the situation, and the environment was believable. It reminded me of reality TV gone too far, and I could actually believe there would be an audience, enforced or otherwise, that would eat up the drama and violence, yet there was no emphasis on violence. It wasn't necessary, the tragedy and violence of the situation was easy to feel through the emotions and eyes of the main character.
In one scene during the games the story was so compelling, and heartbreaking that I was brought to tears by the story, which isn't something that usually happens with me. I read a lot, and have multiple books going at a time, both audio and Kindle versions and it really takes a well developed character and situation, and this book has it.
I normally wouldn't have purchased this book, but I have to say it was well worth it. Don't buy it for the anticipated violence, buy it and listen for the wonderful characters Collins has created.
McCormick's narration was also very good, telling the story well and and with the right emphasis throughout.
Another reviewer "hit the nail on the head" comparing this to a beach read. I somehow finished this book, but regret wasting my time.
Characters are not developed enough for the listener/reader to feel sympathy for them or care about their fates; cliches are used frequently (i.e. scared to death, I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks) which betray a lazy author; the plot line builds but does not deliver on its promise; the main character is stereotypical, inconsistent and fabricated; the sinister leadership of the nation of Pannem (spelling? don't care if this is wrong) is not fleshed out and the reader does not understand the landscape that the characters live in...
I could go on and on about the flaws in this book. But just a warning will suffice: if you are looking for anything of substance, skip this before you waste your time and a perfectly good credit.