Another reviewer "hit the nail on the head" comparing this to a beach read. I somehow finished this book, but regret wasting my time.
Characters are not developed enough for the listener/reader to feel sympathy for them or care about their fates; cliches are used frequently (i.e. scared to death, I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks) which betray a lazy author; the plot line builds but does not deliver on its promise; the main character is stereotypical, inconsistent and fabricated; the sinister leadership of the nation of Pannem (spelling? don't care if this is wrong) is not fleshed out and the reader does not understand the landscape that the characters live in...
I could go on and on about the flaws in this book. But just a warning will suffice: if you are looking for anything of substance, skip this before you waste your time and a perfectly good credit.
I purchased this book because of 2 things, the high rating and it was on sale. I read the description and would not have bought based solely on that. After I began to listen, I wondered why the description wasn't better and why haven't my children read this. I asked them and they all said they did and it was great. I said why didn't you tell me??? They said everyone at school (High School) said it was really good and so they read it. So then when it was over I went on and see there is 2 more books, I bought both of them and am excited to get started. I highly recommend this book. It is one of those, for me, that I didn't want to stop listening.
I like it...well written - good story, a "page turner" for people like myself who enjoy the futuristic genre. Although somewhat formulaic at times, I could still get lost in the unfolding events. It wasn't very deep, but certainly thought provoking. I'd place it amongst my favorite reads. One word - Entertaining.
I bought this book because it was a Nancy Pearl recommendation and it sounded intriguing. A post-apocalyptic story in which teenagers are chosen by lottery and forced to fight to the death? How could that be anything but depressing? The book was not at all what I was expecting. This is a great story with unforgettable and well-developed characters that looks what happens when the people with power do everything they can to force others into submission through fear and intimidation.
In spite of everything that the main character goes through, she manages to retain her humanity and her sense of right and wrong. Part of what keeps Katniss on track is her relationship with her fellow competitor, Peeta whose kindness and devotion are so strong that Katniss it helps her see things more clearly. Although this book is intended for teenage readers, I found myself in love with the characters and hooked on this unusual coming of age story.
Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.
Far more sophisticated than it's detractors realize, crafted to do just exactly what it does - engage hold and entertain. All the wonder I felt reading as a child found here again. As simply sumptuous as any I have ever read, ever.
It's a slow starter..but becomes overwhelmingly wonderful. I couldn't stop listening, cutting into sleep time. You will not be disappointed. Book 2 so far is just as good.
I bought this one while it was on sale because it is all the rage at my child's middle school. I listened to it first because I wanted to make sure it would be appropriate. I enjoyed it so much that I promptly purchased the second and third and now my child and I are listening together.
Differently a YA book. Glad I listen to it to discuss with my niece. I won’t listen to the other two unless I just can’t find anything else to listen to. HA!!! like that’s going to happen.
I know this is probably a matter of taste, but for me, the narrator's voice was distracting. The main character of Katniss became less likeable the more this narrator voiced her thoughts. Katniss wouldn't have a petulant tone; she's a very "can do" type of personality.
So, I will be switching over to a print version for the subsequent novels in the series. Which is a shame; it was making my commute a blur.