I bought this audiobook with reservations. I saw a few people knock the recording for the reader's interpretation. I was instead impressed with Carolyn McCormick's use of her voice to distinguish the different characters. I thought it was one of the better audiobook reads.
The story itself was compelling and thought-provoking. The characters were complex and interesting. Kudos to the author for a new spin on the gladiator games with enough intrigue that it seems original.
What a great story: Adventure, action, survival,suspense,romance, and life lessons! A strong female character with intelligence and life skills serves as a wonderful role model. A story well-told!
This is a young adult book that is written for any age interest. At first I was not sure I wanted to read it. I just came from reading some heavier subjects so it was quite different. However, I did stick with it because it was different, well told, easy to read and the narrator voice was Excellent. That makes such a difference. The story is lighthearted & futuristic and material for a nice movie. I think a wonderful book for young people. The girl is the lead and is of very strong character. It was just such an interesting story and so well done. Most importantly, I think, is that at various parts I made assumptions about what would happen next or in the future and every time I was wrong. This means the writing was creative, which it was.
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.