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.
This is an intelligent, well-written novel set in a clearly devised dystopian future. There are clear similarities with 'Battle Royale' but the American setting is, perhaps, more easily recognisable to a Western audience. Characters and clearly drawn and, while not always a comfortable listen, it is enjoyable and thought-provoking. The narration and character voice created work well.
What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!
I like fantasy type books that almost seem to blur the lines of fantasy and reality.
I bought this book after seeing that it was on sale and also had good reviews. I'm glad I did. The book made me tense up at times, at others I wanted to cry. I felt emotions for the characters and the story kept my interest through out the entire book. It left me wanting more. Needless to say, I purchased the second book of the trilogy.
There were only a few things missing in it that prevented it from giving 5 stars. The characters didn't pop out at me as much as I would have liked and I found myself making up most of their features. (this could have been due to me missing out on parts due to interruptions at home). Also, the narrator was odd. She sounded angry and sharp at parts that I thought would sound better said in a less forcefull way. Still, I got used to her tone and it was only a slight disruption in the story.
Overall a good book to listen to. I would recommend.
My teenager convinced me to read this book because she was reading it in class, and I am so glad she did. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The author is a great storyteller. It is sad and exciting and gripping. the story of a girl trying to survive against all odds being against her. The characters grab your imagination and hold on. I recommend this book to all adults, its not just and adolescent story.
Such an interesting morality tale, filled with description, tragedy and characters. This is the best book in the series. I didn't realize it was juvenile fiction, and it really didn't matter. This is a book that is entertaining for adults. I thought the narration was wonderful, and the characters realistic and sufficiently complex. There is enough fantasy in this to be interesting to those who like to read stories that are "other worldly" but it is not a true fantasy, so those who like active drama will like it too.