Maybe I expected too much and maybe this was written for young readers but the plot, and mystical way that things happen were not believeable. Plus characters and conversations were very juvenile. I got almost to the end of the story and quit listening - too painfully predictable.
I got this on the recent series book 1 sale, and within moments was completely hooked. The characters and world are carefully drawn, feel real, and ring true. This dystopia is oppressive and cruel in the extreme, but I think has flaws parallel to ours and therefore holds a mirror to our own culture's flaws. So as you read a gripping page turner, expect to need the occasional moment of reflection. Everything good Sci Fi should be!
The book was great and the audio version really good. With the unabridged version, you did have to hear "I say" over and over again. It did make you wonder if there were any other options. But this was not noticed when you read the book. Other than that, great book, great story. I got through this in one day and gave it to my 14 year old son. He read it in a day also and we have had amazing conversations about this story and can't wait for more!
I burned to CD for car trip to DC with my daughters. It is always a challenge to find something for "all" - Dad (me) doesn't want to listen about Edward the vampire, and the girls don't want to listen to my books. This was a great mix of sci-fi, apocalyptic drama with a female main character who cares for her little sister (a plus) and with a truly interesting twist. Very Good!
This was nearly the most riveting listen I have ever heard. I listened to the entire book straight through. I couldn't turn it off. Now to the rant. "The Hunger Games" as Narrated by EFFIE TRINKET! (You must listen to get the reference) Seriously Suzanne, did you have a choice in the matter? Sorry Carolyn, but the formal clear emphasis on the last consonant of every word, with a few british accents on certain vowels reminded me of Audrey Hepburn pretending she isn't a hick in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I didn't buy that a minimally educated coal miner's daughter sounds like Eliza Doolittle post transformation. Other than that I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
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This is one of the best books I have read recently-its 1984 crossed with Survivor. I could barely put the book down, and the audiobook is spendidly done. It even won the approval of my boyfriend, who could barely wait for me to get home so that he could finish listening to it on my mp3 player.
I was entertained enough by this book. The language is pretty simple (young adult) and the narrator was a bit languid, but things move along at a pretty quick pace regardless. Fans of Battle Royale and post-apocalyptic future societies will find themselves in familiar and fun territory.
My major gripe was the author's lack of exploring the ethical questions raised by such a violent and unbalanced society. I was expecting the hero character(s) to have some dialog internal or otherwise about the pros and cons of children killing children for entertainment and political suppression. But nothing. They are more interested in first kisses and being nervous in front of a television audience. Seems to me that young adults SHOULD be given some critical perspectives to think about so they can understand the implications of the Hunger Games better. At the end of the day this is pretty much an action movie that aims to entertain more than anything else - it passed away 8 hours of commuting if nothing else.
This is a book that will grab your attention fully, you might not want to listen while at work as you may find that you have been standing still with your heart beating fast for longer than you are aware of. It's a bit of the Running Man and The Lottery as a baseline but it is done very well. Although, I have to add, that I wish someone would hand the author a Thesaurus list of words to use in place of 'said'. It is a credit to her realistic and interesting characters that I enjoyed the audio despite hearing; 'said Hamish', 'said Peta', say said says said... ARGHh
Otherwise I would have given it a five star rating. But I can't wait for the next one, as I said.....no, make that as I mentioned
I loved this book so much I couldn't bear for it to end--so, I listened to it over again. Totally engrossing, with vivid likeable characters and a well-thought-out story, this isn't just for young adults. This story had everything I love--sci-fi, psychology, love story, adventure, satisfying ending. Wish I could find more of these!