If you go into it looking for what it is (light, entertaining), you will find it. I enjoyed it and went on to listen to the full trilogy. (The second one is the weakest.)
I LOVED IT.
Note: I thought this was a kids book? I wouldn't really think a book about kids killing each other was suitable for children. Teenagers I guess is ok. I don't have kids..
The emotional rollercoaster you are put on from start to finish was so beautifully done! I truly enjoyed the story and could not wait to listen to book 2 and 3.
As soon as I was done listening to this book, I started listening again. The only other book I have ever done this with was Memoirs of a Geisha (totally different book, I know). This book was so well crafted. The story was exciting, intriguing and had me giggling like a young girl. I loved the strategy and since I listen on my commute to work, hated when my drive ended and I had to turn it off. I cannot recommend this book more. Awesome!! A must listen. Carolyn McCormick is the perfect narrator to give Katnis grit and mimic Effie perfectly. I cannot wait to download the others now.
I don't rate books that often, yet I listen to 3 per month for 7 years. I base a lot of my downloads on these reviews and books others rate as good, bad or otherwise and felt it necessary to write something to help out. Here are a few that I didn't rate that may give you insight to my taste: Twilight - horriffic. Shadow Divers - All time favorite. Walk in the Woods - FUNNY and interesting. 1984 - slow but very thought provoking. Catch 22 - best narrated book on this site and FUNNY!! Dirty Job - second best narrated and FUNNY. Life of Pi - slow at first and didn't finish it for a year, second try LOVED it, stick it out and you will be rewarded. Ghost Soldiers - I found myself tearing up and wanting to cheer at the end. 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour - made me mad but a very good book. Matterhorn - good, but not the best war book. Hunger Games - very suprisingly entertaining. I reccomend it if you think like I do on the above list. It is NOT like the crap in the Twilight series (so far). I just downloaded the second book before finishing the first of this series. let me know if this helps you out.
I am so glad I found this book after the series was complete. I couldn't imagine waiting a year for the next installment. Collins words read by McCormick drew me in immediately and I was surprised by the emotional reaction I had to the book. Although a "teen" book, it deals with very adult subject matter. Downloading the 2nd and 3rd installments now.
This started of as a nice story then had a twist and another twist and yet another, but here was long nothingness between those twists. I kept on listining to the end and are now on book two of the three. I like the "futureristic" feel, I like the characters but can Katniss be that out of it? Watch this space for my thoughts on the rest of the trilogy!!!
I am a bit baffled by the reviewers who say they found the story simplistic and not exciting enough. These reviewers are clearly adults and I'm not sure what they were expecting from a young adult title? Given the lack of thought provoking content or challenging material usually offered to this audience, I (as a children's bookseller) found this to be one of the more confronting and interesting books for this audience and can see the cross-over appeal. I personally found it to be gripping and am looking forward to the next one!
Although this book was originally targeted to the young adult audience I think people of all ages will love this book. My 17 year old daughter begged me to read it when she finished. I listed to the audio book while traveling then came home and ordered Catching Fire and preordered Mockingjay right away! Loved all three books.