The Hunger Games is one of my favourite trilogies. I bought the audiobook hoping to recreate the experience. I honestly can’t get over my disappointment at one of my favourite books ruined by such an unskilled narrator. Carolyn McCormick seems to struggle getting the words out of her mouth. I can almost painfully hear her mouth exaggerate the movements. In print Katniss came across – to me at least – as a strong girl with a sarcastic sense of humour. The sarcasm seems to be lost on McCormick. Her accent drove me to complete distraction as well. I honestly think I could have done a better job at narrating this story (actually, I kept correcting McCormick’s enunciation in my head throughout the book).
The book was a little dark for me, but I did listen to all three books. The reader was fine but didn't seem to match the mail character. SPOILER ALERT: A score of teenagers are forced to kill or be killed for sport and public entertainment. If this is a book for young adults, I wonder what their favorite part will be. When a little girl is killed by a spear in the neck? Or maybe when the main character kills two teenagers at one time? Or when one boy gets torn apart by animals? Stick around to the end, and you can enjoy the part where little children are slaughtered. All three books are filled with images of killing and being killed. Why this should be recommended for young adults I don't know. This is also a Twilight kind of book where the female character goes back an forth between two males until your head could spin. I always want both guys to just walk away from all that erratic behavior - it is demeaning to both male characters when the girl is that fickle
This book is a great if you want time to fly by while on a cross country road trip. It kept my interest pretty much every second and made time pass quickly.
Suzanne Collins paints wonderful pictures in your mind with her words. This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's written for teenagers, however adults will enjoy it too. The story is a little dark, but masterfully written. The heroine in the story faces many challenges along the way. She faces many conflicts in "The Games" some with the other contestants, but the biggest one is the internal conflict she faces with her emotions. I enjoyed reading this book, finishing it in three sittings. I enjoyed this book so much I bought the series for my teenage niece. Together we will share in the adventures.
This book was one of the best I've listened to in years. The reader is fantastic and adds to the escape of the novel. It is exciting without being too gory. I finished the book very quickly and immediately bought the rest of the series. Many of the characters are multi-dimensional and I couldn’t stop thinking about them after I finished the book.
The first two books in this trilogy are fantastic and I am downloading book #3 now. I have listened to the first two quickly because you get sucked in and can't escape. I found myself walking around with headphones doing laundry and cleaning my house. Escape into the crazy games and buy it!!!!!!!!!!
I don't write too many of these however I'd like to share I was surprisingly drawn into the story quickly. From the description I thought it sounded new but similar to some movies I'd seen and yet it was something, for me, I enjoyed. The only thing I would say was the ending left me a little unsatisfied. Whether that be by design or not ... I recommend this book for a change of imaginary pace.
As anticipation for the movie grows, I was taking another look at this book and found that I had neglected to write a review. This was one of the first Audible books I listened to, and was sucked in immediately. Having taught reading to young people several years ago, I have read a number of YA books, and if they are written by a good author, they can be just as engrossing, thought-provoking and valuable as any adult literature. That is the way it is with "The Hunger Games." I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found it to be very well written and worth my while - so much so that I immediately bought the second book, and couldn't wait for the third. I was sad to finish the series.
I found so much symbolism in this story, signs of foreboding, warning, hope, and love. The biggest lesson I learned from the book was that this scenario, or one like it, is not out of the realm of possibility for our country. Heaven help us if something like this does come to pass, but it is possible, especially with the way things are going right now with our lack of patriotism or pride in our country, and our apparent willingness to throw our freedom away. But there is also the lesson of hope, and of determination and integrity that, when used in the right way by the right person, can turn things around.
I hope the movie is good. They are almost never as good as the book, but here's hoping it lives up to its potential. It could be fabulous.