I would definitely recommend this book to young and old alike even though it was written for young adults. I thought it was an exceptional book despite the dark vision of life after the fall of the U.S. Since I cannot begin to imagine something as barbaric as the hunger games, I found myself disturbed and angry more often than not. On the other hand, I also had hope for Katniss and could not help cheering her on. It really was a strange mix of very strong emotions throughout the entire book. Yet, it did not stop me from finishing the trilogy.
I had never heard of this book but chose it based on its ratings. I'm a middle aged man and was worried it would be a teen adventure thing but its way better. It's kind of Logan's Run meets Battle Royale. Great read and the narrator has just the right voice.
The first of the trilogy got me hooked. The story moves right along but you often wonder "what is she thinking?!" about the heroine.
The narration is wonderful! Really, a great job. The ONLY qualm I have about the narrator is that she sounds way older than 16 (the age of the character telling the story). She doesn't sound ancient, but she sounds like a 30 yr. old. ....Or perhaps, that's just my personal take, being mid 30s myself. Which leads us to the next point...
I know this book is listed as pre-teen/adolescent, but honestly, it reads well for older generations as well. I think the main thing making it an adolescent read is that it's chalk full of physical adventures of the unknown and unpredictable. I remember reading such stories and being fascinated by them as a teen myself. There's a lot of exploration (forced or not) in this book. The risk, the danger, the uncertainty...all wonderful, except for me, being older, I've sort of been there done that. YET, it still kept me tied and anticipating every next move! Really quite amazing.
As an older adult, I find myself more interested however, in the bigger scheme of things. The bigger issues and philosophies of this. Politics is perhaps a better word. In a stark manner, this bears an uncanny resemblance to our own world and current things going on, albeit, an extreme interpretation, but one very unsettling just the same.
I look forward to the next installment.
I was spellbound by this wonderfully written book. The only reservation is that it is so violent, whether "PG-type" of violence or not, as noted by other reviewers. I wish I could offer equally as engaging, quality reading to young adults without the premise that all teh kids were required to kill each other.
Suzanne Collins brings the arena to life with the Hunger Games. Your heart breaks for Katness as she struggles for survival for her family and then as a participant in the games. Ms. Collins balances the reality of the Capital with the reality of the districts. Katness is very believable as she struggles with being a survivor and a teenager.
This is one of the most riveting books I've listening to in a while! I loved it! My prediction: Once you're finished with Hunger Games the next two books in the series will be downloaded in no time!
This book was amazing. I was pulled into the story in the first five minutes and could not catch my breath until it was done. And then once it was done, I wished it wasn't.
The topic and plot werel defined and described well. Although I loved the charactors I was more drawn to know more about this world she had created. In every way it was unbelievable and yet she made it believable. You could feel yourself there in every situation discribed.
This is a must read, even if you've made up your mind that you don't like teenage fantasy novels. I did, and I'm glad!
i love too read and have people read to me...
ill be honest. i got this title on sale and it was well worth the price. good story. good narator. gets a little campy at the end, but worth at least another listen. i heard the other two books in the series ruined it. bummed about that. looking forward to the movie. at least the first movie anyway...
I found The Hunger Games to be a slow start, but once I got into it, I was captivated by this story! I have to admit some disappointment at the end, as it appears we are going to be trapped in a love triangle, and I guess I thought Katniss would be above that... :) I am taking a break from the series, but do want to come back to it and finish the trilogy.