Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!
It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.
The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.
With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.
I liked the audio version just as much as the print version.
This story had unexpected twists and turns.
This is the first of this reader's performances I had listened to.
I listened to this with my 3 kids, ages 14, 13 and 11. The oldest had already read the book but was eager to listen to it with us. We had a very long drive from New York to Lake Placid and back, and the time just flew! The story had us all enthralled. The reader, however, was a big distraction. My 11 year old daughter took special exception to the way the narrator imitated a 12 year olds'
voice, making her sound like a 4 year old. My older boy, the one who had already read the book, would throw up his hands whenever she voiced the part of the central character, Katness. According to him, Katness is supposed to be a very tough, cool girl and the narrator made her sound like a girly dope. Having said that, the story itself is so strong that it was usually possible for me to get past the annoying quirks of the reader and stay enthralled.
Yes I would, the audiobook format makes it so relaxing to listen to such an awesome story, just pull out your iPod and plug in, listen and enjoy.
The best part about The Hunger Games is the sense of reality to the entire thing, this story seems very believable the way it is told, although so far into the future. the way the characters are developed brings them to life.
The scene where the Tributes surround the Cornucopia is probably the most intense and heart stopping scene out of any book I have ever read, so much action condensed into 60 seconds of life or death.
The Hunger Games, it's the perfect line already.
This book was so good, I could not stop listening. Can't wait to hear the next books.
Catniss of course
This is one of the best!!! It is amazing!! Everyone should read/listen to it!! I am on my third time listening to it!!
I love the character of Katniss not just because she is the main character but because of everything she goes through and everything she fights for!! She is amazing!
When Katniss is singing for Rue.
AMAZING!!! EVERYONE MUST READ BEFORE THE MOVIE!!!!
The story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to know what was the next challenge around the corner.
I loved the innocence of the story in the brutal background. In many ways the plot was very close to the political domination of today and in the past.
I enjoyed the narrator as she took the listener through the excitement of the games through the eyes and voice of Cat.
I found myself wanting to take the long route home just so I could get further into the plot.
Can't wait to listen to the next in the sequence!
It was wonderful.
*Spoiler Alert* The part where an ally of Katniss in the Games dies.
The beginning was really interesting.
These are the opinions of my 10-year-old, who read the book.
Great story, easy to buy into the characters and care about them. Well read and filled with highs and lows.
Great listen. The idea behind this was beyond what I could have expected. Unique story with drama, love and action. Truely enjoyable. The ending left it open for a continuation of the story but I'm not sure if I want to read more. I like to believe in the goodness of people and the