This book was a far take from the lighter fare of many "scifi" books. The characters are deep with a lot of development that seems to come easy to the author. The story is at times disturbing, but in an appropriate way, not just for the sake of gore or violence. It all has purpose and makes the book all come together. The whole series was like that, deep and appropriate. It is not a light, fluffy book, so take it on as such, but it is very good.
T. R. Graves, Author
The Hunger Games is one of those timeless books that will stay with you forever. In some ways, it is reminiscent of The Lottery combined with a modern-day reality show similar to Survivor. It's a talented author who can describe starvation in such a way the reader feels like they have endured famine...who can build life-threatening events with such reality the reader's heart pounds while hormones of anxiety course through their veins...who can make the reader fall into heartwarming love at the same moment the book's characters do...who can make you mourn - with real tears - when great characters die. Suzanne Collins is just such author. Amazing. Inspiring. One of the greatest.
Katniss' selflessness and willingness to give her life for others along with her morals/ethics make her the perfect heroine. Katniss' tales describing her friendship with Gale and their likenesses means there is no way to ignore the strength of their bond and makes you wonder if she unknowingly loves him. Peeta's tender show of unrequited love makes the reader's heart squeeze, and they cheer for him as emphatically as they pull for Katniss to be the winner of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games and the Capital and the Districts. The world which was created within the covers of this book is very real, making this unbelievable story suddenly plausible and horrific.
I would highly recommend this book for people of all ages. In fact, I'm dying to tackle Catching Fire, which will be one of my next books.
T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #1)
Guardians of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #2)
Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #3)
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
I would, but I'd stress that the performers voice can get annoying when she's portraying the characters.
This book let me immersed and was very well written. Very easy to understand and keep along with the plot and characters.
I am not a fan of this narriator. To me, she mad the story seem more childish than it should be. Instead of getting into the characters, she'd back away from emotion (turning her voice into a whisper). Though she tried making herself sound younger or characters such as Prim and Rue, I think it turned out babyish...even so for Katness.
There is, but if I said it, I'd give the story away, so I'll just say the cave scene.
After hearing rave reviews of this book and having one of my favorite celebrities tweet outstanding reviews on it, I couldn't wait to read it. However, I went in with my expectations high. A little too high. Within the first few chapters, I realized I had to expect less from the story to be able to enjoy it more. I have a feeling that if I was tangibly reading this story, myself, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The narrators voice when she was reading the narration was fine and easy to take, but the moment she'd break into character, I found myself cringing.
I did enjoy this story, however, and look forward to diving into the next two books! I probably wouldn't jump in line to see the movie, when it comes out, at opening night, but I'll be anxious to see how Hollywood portrays the written words!
I was skeptical of this trilogy because of the genre classification. (It's the same reason I was one of the later converts to the Harry Potter series.) A couple of minutes in, I was hooked. The characters are complex and relatable, while the political parallels are intriguing and enduring. I cannot stop thinking about this series. Carolyn McCormick skillfully narrates all three books, and since I finished them one after the other as quickly as I could listen to them, all three novels merged into one arching tale. Listen to this book; you will not regret it.
The book itself was marvelous, amazing pacing and intriguing setting, the writing just pulling you in at once. Katniss is a very likable character right off the bat, and the moral and personal struggles she faces throughout the book, along with the constant question of whether or not a sense of self can be retained under the watch of an entire nation, creates many interesting dramatic moments and tensions.
I am, however, not entirely satisfied with the reading. It was a good reading, but I feel that the particular choice of McCormick does not go well with the book. It sounded like Katniss' mother reading her story; the voice lacked the necessary youth and vigor for the job. Yells and screams seemed forced and pinched, like produced while under pressure to not disturb others. The many voices of the male characters were rather indistinguishable, or only slightly different. For instance, Cinna and Peeta both shared a deep, calm (and slightly maternal, might I add) voice that sometimes made it hard to tell them apart.
Another thing I would've enjoyed would be a difference between the voice used for a dialogue, for a thought, or for plain narration. I know Katniss would be the speaker in all of these situations, but McCormick didn't exactly make an effort in separating the three with different tones, making it difficult at times to decide when narration ended and when dialogue or thought began.
It ranks in the top 5
I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!
Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!
The book moved me!
New to audio books, but this book is soo awesome! Great narrator, great story.
Wondering whats going to happen next. the (spoiler alert) love story.The details, and the sadness and the hope. Great visuals for the forest, fires, love, mistrust, and love Katness is surrounded by, but doesn't see.
Prob. the heroes getting ready with stylists and or Katness and a girls death scene. I don't want to spoil any thing :)
Death scene, everything, was sad to see it end. Cant wait for #2!
if you only get one credit a month like me, get this book. The movie will be out soon and you'll want to listen to this b4 it comes out! I really really liked this book!!!!!
Great book. Full of action and unpredictable twists. Grabs your attention and doesn't let it go.
I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this is a great one. It rates up there with some of the best audiobooks I've listened to - I just wish it had been longer! But I've just started listening to the sequel so it's all OK...
I like the subtlety of how Katniss's attractiveness is portrayed - you get the feeling a bunch of guys are besotted with her, but that she's completely clueless about it. She's never described in great deal (which is fitting, given it's written in the first person from her perspective, and she's not at all focused on her looks or possible romantic entanglements), so you can only judge by other people's reactions to her. She seems unable to comprehend the idea that anyone (let alone lots of men!) could be in love with her. It's very endearing - albeit kinda frustrating too, because of how things pan out with Peeta.
I love Peeta - he may not be as impressive as Katniss, but he's a genuinely honourable and likeable character.
There were several points where I could see Katniss's feelings for Peeta growing and thought she was going to admit she'd fallen for him... but it never quite happened. I was always waiting for it!!
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.
From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.
This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.
This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.
There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.
I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.
Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.
I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.
I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.