In two weeks, I listened to all three Hunger Games books. They are creative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and obviously addictive. I thought the first two were especially exceptional. Based on the concept and violence involved, they may not be appropriate for pre-teens.
I originally shied away from this book because of the violence. I normally don't read that. This book was violent, so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 12. But this book was so captivating I could not put it down from start to finish. Then I rushed to the nearest bookstore to purchase the sequel (which is just as amazing). I highly recommend it, even if the description doesn't suit you.
Did NOT want to read this. When I kept hearing more great things I decided to get it. The t hought of reading a book about people killing each other put me off but it was very well done and it was not gorey at all. Not detailed in how people die. Great book.
I read this book because I am a teacher librarian in a secondary school and "my girls" were starting to borrow it. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy listening to it, except for the reader. Her voice was too old for a teenage girl. I could get used to that, but it annoyed me whenever she read, "she said", "said he", etc for she always placed a pause just before that. But as I said before, the story was good and I am looking forward to listening to the next two books to see what happens!
I was taken to a different time and place, but the author made the setting believable and filled with real people. The time and place were hard, but people did what they needed to do to survive. I thought there was good character development and they fit right in to the environment. I enjoyed the adventure.
I love, love, loved reading the book and was so looking forward to listening to it as well. The narrator chosen for this audio book sounds like she is 35... not 15 and speaks incredibly slowly. It dragged what was a fast-paced incredibly action-packed book to the level of a church sermon. I had to turn it off...
Some might feel this book is for the young adult reader, but I, a "mature" adult, loved it and the sequel Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins does an excellent job with pacing and intrigue. Carolyn McCormick does an excellent job with narration. You will not be disappointed and will eagerly anticipate the third installment. Well worth the purchase.
Wow, with Catness Everdeen as the heroine, she takes us through the ups and downs of being in the hunger games. Peta, who really is in love with Catness, doing what he can to keep the capital off their backs and stay alive after being cut & sick; I didn't want the story to end.
This book was super easy to listen to, and in fact, you'll really want to keep listening way past your bed time :) On this factor alone, I would recommend it for one of your credits.
However, as far as a great novel, it's a bit too simplistic. While there was some good fiction here, it's single story line makes its great for kids, but adults may want more.
What was here family thinking? What about her best friend? And does every incident have to be so perilous?
Hunger games is a great start to the trilogy. I enjoyed it. It does have alot of violence but there is a purpose to the fighting. It was engaging all the way through the fights, the compassion and the fear.