Engaging Clever Young
She captures the mercurial and sometimes shallow emotional responses of the young main character very well.
A clever and engaging story that is well performed. However, for more mature listeners, enduring hour after hour of teenage emotional responses and angst can be bit of a challenge. I'm not saying the story is poorly written, or performed; quite the contrary. In fact, the story stays reasonably true to the young female character. And, that's the problem for me, I find it somewhat difficult to relate to the main character's young immature and sometimes histrionic responses. Overall, it was still a good listen, but mature listeners might want to view it as an enjoyable but over sweet dessert rather than a satisfying main course. My daughter will probably love it.
I enjoy audiobooks. Reading isn't my favorite thing to do. So using audio books is the solution. Yes, I would promote the Hunger Games in audio format.
Yes I would, has a very different storyline. Kept me interested through out the book.
Her voice and inflections she used
The story makes the presentation pale, and the presentation was terrific!
Read all three books in the trilogy...wonderfully woven tale that keeps you guessing!
I know allot of people praise this book and series. The main thing is the story was written for young adults and so the plot and characters are not to the same level as other dystopian tales written with an older audience in mind. I think the characters other then Katniss were a little under developed and could benefit from more time being spent on there back story. The teenage angst love triangle was just comical, the girl is fighting for her life but is still weighing if she likes Peeta or Gail and how they feel when she kisses Peeta. It is a good story, but better execution could have made it so much better. As for the ending I think it was not the original as it just does not flow right in my mind, like the idea for a trilogy was thought of later and so the original ending was scraped and rewritten to allow for books 2 and 3.
As for the narration; I think if I had control of the treble on my mp3 player it might not have been so bad. I had the regularly stop listening to the book because my ear started to hurt from the woman's voice. I also had a hard time distinguishing characters at points she did ok overall but there were to many conversations where I could not tell who was suppose to be speaking.
I think for a younger reader this is a good book, and the idea and story are good but it is not a game changer.
Yes - very good book
Peeta - cause he has a heart of gold
I can't sit for that long
Anyone would like this book
The story was new and refreshing. The characters were believable. I was right there with her thru it all.
The ending, I was so touched to see that they had a life to live and children to love and keep safe.
Three books were not enough.
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
What a great book! It was well written, very descriptive, and thought provoking. The main characters were relatable and you quickly find your self cheering them on. Its action packed and I couldn’t stop, I finished in 2 days!
The world and characters Suzanne Collins creates are simply fantastic. I purchased the next in this series, Catching Fire, the instant I finished The Hunger Games.
Katniss is so fallible and human. It's hard not to relate to her.
Perfect narration and entirely believable as the view-point characters.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I am a 29 year old, married female reader and I know I am not the target audience for this book. However, after reading so many reviews by other middle age adults, I expected a cleverly written story. I was so disappointed with this book. I couldn't keep count of all the times the author uses, "she says" or "he says". She literally uses those endings after each sentence. She also uses your standard catch phrases all over the book, which just seemed to be very immature, lazy, writing.
Other then the poor writing style, the interwoven adolescent love story was simply too immature for me to enjoy. Again, I know I am not the target audience for this book and its possible a teenager could really enjoy this type of childish romance, But I really do not understand all of the other adults who wrote raving reviews for this book.
The only reason I give this book two stars is for the unique premise of the story line. It seemed to be an interesting idea that had poor follow through.
Now, for the narrator: Carolyn McCormick. She is not a bad reader, but she's been miscast for this particular story. This story is read in the first person by the main character who happens to be a young teenage girl. I don't understand the reasoning behind having an older woman's voice play the part of a teen.
Overall, I would say this is one of the worse choices for my credit. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.
The Hunger Games is, by far, my favorite book of all time. At first, I only wanted to read it because of all the talk about it, but... then I fell in love and couldn't stop listening to it! I must admit... one time I listened to it until almost 4am... :O
Here are some reasons that I LOVE The Hunger Games:
1.) Peeta Mellark. Oh my goodness! I am in love with Peeta Mellark. His unassuming wonderfulness stole my heart! (by the way, Josh Hutcherson is the perfect actor for Peeta! Josh is pretty much the only celebrity I've ever had a crush on)
2.) There were countless times in the book where I was holding my breath to see what was going to happen... and it didn't disappoint!
3.) The characters were developed so well that it was easy for me to forget that they're just that... characters in a book. LOVE! <3
4.) The people at the Capitol were so unintentionally comical (I'm sure Suzanne meant to make them the way they come across) that I hated them! I love it when authors can make the reader love or hate a character.
5.) I am a writer, and my dream is to one day be as good an author as Suzanne Collins. Her timing with making the story go in a different direction is impeccable. She is one of the best story creators that I've ever heard of.