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.
I resisted reading this book for months--my family, co-workers and friends all highly recommended it but the synopsis didn't appeal to me in the least. Finally, stuck out of town I started on it late one afternoon--and finished before going to sleep. I am not exactly sure why I liked it so much--the writing, the characters, the plot--but it certainly charmed and delighted me. Rushed to read the second book and now anxiously awaiting the third one. This is an excellent, entertaining and thought provoking book. It's on my list of top 10 books.
This book is a futuristic novel, set in post-global warming North America. Getting over that, this is a gripping novel. I much prefer this narrator's interpretation of the different accents to those done by the author, Suzanne Collins, whose affected southern accents (see online videos) are painful and confusing. This is the only book yet during which I was in danger of driving off the road while listening. I think the audiobook is even better than the written book. It is young adult, and it is "light reading," but it is also creative and interesting--I highly recommend it. Not for young children--parents should preview it if they are considering it for their middle school or junior high-aged children.
When my Book Club (the vast majority of us are 50+) picked this book, I didn't know anything about it. I was a little dismayed when I saw it was classified as Young Adults and even more so when I read the summary. My fears were ungrounded.
What a great listen! The premise is a little 'dark' and certainly there is a fair amount of violence, but I really enjoyed the characterization of the districts and the tributes. Plus the plot never went quite like I was expecting...
The narrator does an excellent job of keeping all the players distinct in the narration. I understand there is a sequel and look forward to it