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.
Gardening Geek/Fishing Freak/CADninja
After doing a little research to find a book a little more intellectually challenging for my 12 year old son I settled on The Hunger Games. I wanted to read the book with him, but he lives 200 miles away with his mother, so I dropped the credit here on Audible and listened on my commute to work. The book is obviously geared towards a younger crowd than this 43 year old, but let me tell you....I couldn't get enough! I really looked forward to my hour long commute so that I could find out what happened next. Highly recommend. And my son? He had already finished and was 3/4 of the way through the sequel Catching Fire before I finished The Hunger Games! We will definetely be discussing all three books in the series.
What a fascinating story of life in the future imitating art - reality TV that is. I've never been attracted to reality TV shows, but this story shows how that fascination can go totally awry when integrated into a greedy government that exhibits maximum control over its subjects.
Katniss is strong and heroic and utterly human. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
There are very few books that I wished I hadn't read, but this series falls into that category.
I'll try to make this short, and what I wished someone had told me before I started book one. I was uneasy with the plot line of kids killing other kids for the entertainment of a debauched population, but I hoped that the violence would be PG since this was a teen book. Not the case. If you like constant graphic gratuitous violence, you'll love this! The mutilations and deaths start right away, and build and build throughout the series. By book three everyone is getting shot and burned and beaten and tortured and killed. Awesome!
The main character is self-centered and emotionally stunted and does not develop at all in the course of the books. I'm embarrassed that I kept reading to find out what happened. Really not worth it.
This book was excellent. It took exactly 10 minutes to be completely sucked into the story. It is easy to relate to the herione and easy to share her emptions. This is an exciting story for teens and up!
this is by far the best one out of the trilogy, this one completely captivated me and i couldn't stop i needed to know more about these characters after i finished it! its my favorite one out of all of them.
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I'm hooked! Great job and thank you excellent story and edge of your seat narration!
My first concern was that being targeted for a younger audience I may not enjoy it. After listening (and my wife) not a concern. Also don't worry about the ending leaving you hanging. I've not listened to the second book yet (but I plan too). But I didn't feel disappointed with a lot of loose ends. The only reason that I gave it a four instead of a five was the lack of spiritual depth with the characters. They were well developed otherwise and for most people this would not be a concern. You will enjoy it!