I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this is a great one. It rates up there with some of the best audiobooks I've listened to - I just wish it had been longer! But I've just started listening to the sequel so it's all OK...
I like the subtlety of how Katniss's attractiveness is portrayed - you get the feeling a bunch of guys are besotted with her, but that she's completely clueless about it. She's never described in great deal (which is fitting, given it's written in the first person from her perspective, and she's not at all focused on her looks or possible romantic entanglements), so you can only judge by other people's reactions to her. She seems unable to comprehend the idea that anyone (let alone lots of men!) could be in love with her. It's very endearing - albeit kinda frustrating too, because of how things pan out with Peeta.
I love Peeta - he may not be as impressive as Katniss, but he's a genuinely honourable and likeable character.
There were several points where I could see Katniss's feelings for Peeta growing and thought she was going to admit she'd fallen for him... but it never quite happened. I was always waiting for it!!
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.
From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.
This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.
This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.
There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.
I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.
Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.
I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.
I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.
I finished this first book now I am on to the second of this series. I didn't want the story to be over. The audio draws you into the story. It is a must.
This was a very interesting story from the start. The characters were very believeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Enjoyable being read to.
That what you were waiting for doesn't happen, something totally different does, I couldn't out think his one.
She recognized evil was repeating itself and she defeated it. Damn the outcome, you go girl!
Mostly a sigh of relief. And an understanding of living beyond loss.
I have listened to this book twice. Once for myself and a second time when it was required reading for my 7th grader. The story lead the way for us to have some great conversations about the world and how we view it and how we can become numb to certain things.
I like the readers slow and concise pronunciation of her words. My only issue was that she didn't sound like a teenage girl - she sounded like a woman. It would have been different if in the story she was telling her memoirs but it was supposed to be from the point of view of a teenager. This is a minor detail and it didn't take me out of the story too long - I got used to it.
This is a great book that brilliantly deals with some heavy subject matter. I highly recommend. It is worth the credit.
Cold, bloody, sad
Maybe in terms of the imagery of the book it was similar to Misery or 1984.
Nothing really. I mean she is a good narrator, but she doesnt add anything really special.
Ill get back to you when they finishing filming lol...
My physiotherapist recommended this book to me, and although I dont normally read teenage lit, I thought this was definitely a good idea for a story. I enjoyed the story, and was excited to hear what happens next, but it isn't exactly a classic. I hope that when they make the movie they can add more to it, as there were a couple of parts where I caught myself rolling my eyes (not recommended if you are actually reading the book as it can give you a headache!),
the hunger games is my favorite book
it is gory
the voice was too perky at entence parts
the movie is out March 23
I was actually surprised with this book. I really didn't know anything about it, but became interested with I learned of the upcoming movie series. The only one problem I had with it was that it was nearly 4 1/2 hours into the audiobook before the characters finally entered the arena and began the games. But once there, my mind was fixed on everything that was going on. I'm interested in listening to the other three books.
Yes, the narrator really brings this book to life
Ender's Game - because of the suspense; The Maze Runner - because of the time period, style, etc.
Yes!!!!! I drove around for hours listening!
An amazing series! I think it will bring many young people to love reading. As an English teacher I highly reccommend this series to many of my students and parents as well.