First I'd like to say that I have now read all 3 Hunger Games novels and loved them all. I had to read them on my kindle because I simply couldn't stand this narrator. Her voice absolutely grated on my nerves. I was only able to make it through 1 chapter before her babyish rendition of Katniss turned me off completely.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
I wouldnt know, but it always is!!!!
When they were both going to eat the berries...My heart was breaking for them,,,they practically drove these kids insane....so cruel!!
There were many....I really loved the whole book!
I did want to....and if life was fair, I would have!!! lol
I love this book, and am starting #2 now...but I wish they would have had a younger sounding narrator...even though Carolyn McCormick did a good job, performance would be 5 stars with a younger reader... I do recommend this series though...on to book 2, as soon as my tablet charges....lol
This is a work aimed at a teen audience written with limited vocabulary and short sentences. At first the rhythm reminded me of Hemingway, but it is not particularly sophisticated. The story is a Handmaid’s Tale style world wherein villages of the empire send tribute/sacrifices as reparation for an uprising that happened almost 80 years ago. The “Tributes” have to fight to the death on television. The game takes place in the woods while viewers send support and bet on the contestants. Very quick read. There are 2 sequels. They may be easy enough to read that it would be worth covering the series, but really, this is enough to know what it’s about and I’d like to go back to full sentences with grown up vocabulary.
I read this because I was told I must. Best thing since JK Rowling... I wish! Every book is written with author's intent and received with readers perspective. Since this was presented to me as a juvenile/young adult fiction I must judge its value as such from a retired educator's perspective.
The video game feel made me uneasy but I hoped that some moral resolution would justify this as a device to reach young readers. Unfortunately, although the situation into which these young people were put, while clearly unconscionable was simply accept and never resolved. This is the type of fiction that is fine for s adult with a clearly established moral code. For a teenager without that, and I know way to many, it was disturbing. It's not fantastical vampires and werewolves, it's children wantonly killing other children and even the heroines actions are never really resolved. It felt like watching South Park with boys and young men, cheering on a laughing at racism, homophobia and gore that never saw the irony that makes it funny.
I understand the sequels resolve some of these issues, but I didn't care enough to return to find out.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
Like a number of previous reviewers, I picked-up this book because of the hype and because my 13 year old son was going to the movie. I also read the review in "Empire" and the ones that are available on this website. Why not, I thought? I guess I expected too much.
The plot is a bit thin, but (to be fair) it might be setting the stage for books 2 and 3. I don't know that I liked book 1 enough to listen to the next two, so if that is the strategy, then I regret that it has probably failed on me. Not that the book is bad, but it is plainly written for a teen audience. I think it lacks depth. Perhaps this is because we only get one character's viewpoint, Katniss Everdeen, and that viewpoint is fairly naive (limited to her 16 years in one District).
For all that, I can admit it was fairly fast paced and I found Haymitch to be an engaging character. I expect he might get more exposure in books 2 and 3, but I'm just guessing. Also, contrary to some of the reviews I read on this website, I thought the narrator was reasonable. It was a reading rather than a performance, but as far as readings go, I thought Ms McCormick did a more than serviceable job. Her 3 stars were earned. If I could have, 2.5 stars would be my honest assessment for the story and overall - that is, just OK.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
I listened to this with my husband as we drove around on a very long cartrip. Though we know it is a book for teens, it held our interest. On breaks we'd discuss some of the themes of the book. I like a good dystopia and the author makes a great one out of Paneem. The narrator also does a very good job of capturing the different characters.
I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
I listened to this a few years ago, along with the two follow ups in quick succession. I thought, for being a YA book, that it was good. The thematic elements were necessarily muted, but the book still delivers the concepts in manageable doses.
The impact of the books can't be ignored, nor can their influence on the genre. While certainly not the best example of dystopian future, they made it more accessible. The concepts of oppression and government overstep are laid out cleanly. The romantic and melodramatic elements were overwrought, but not unpleasant.
If you are looking for a much more adult and serious take on these themes, turn to Red Rising and Golden Son.
I was entertained by the story, though not terribly impressed. Worth it if for no other reason than the cultural impact.
I am completely impressed by the enjoyability of this book. I purchase several audiobooks a month to create a more tolerable commute to work; it wasn't enough for me, however, to reserve "The Hunger Games" just for my drive. I sat in my living room and listened it out until it was over. This is a crazy-good book that I'd recommend to everyone!
In the future America of The Hunger Games, civilization is reduced to 12 districts and a despotic, hedonistic capitol. The annually televised death games ('Survivor' meets 'Truman Show') feature a sacrificial girl and boy from each district. The heroine is one of these; a tough, resourceful 16 year old girl around whom the story flows.
The Hunger Games story is engaging and clips right along from beginning to end. It was hard for me to find a lull in which I could pause and get back to my work. The writing isn't overly complex but it's well done. It was interesting to note, while reading, how some of the most appalling aspects of this culture parallel contemporary American life.
Certain technologies were a bit too convenient to the author's objectives. However, they were also fascinating and wonderfully creepy so I didn't mind. What was repugnant in the beginning of the story, (the nature of the games and the sacrifices required) quickly became intriguing.
It may be intended for an older teen but I'd also recommend it if you're looking for a book that's both entertaining and thought-provoking.
I enjoyed the Hunger Games, but gave this book three stars instead of four, because its not without its flaws. Its a little simplistic at times, and I thought more of the book could have been dedicated to making the conflict in the arena more compelling. That part of the story was strangely lacking in my opinion.
Some people complained about the narrator's voice. I personally thought she was perfect. Her affectations didn't bother me at all, and I thought fit the main character very well.
Some reviewers have complained about the violence. All I can say to that is this violence is strictly PG-13. If you can't stomach the violence in this rather tame novel, then you should stick with the Disney channel. Its really not bad.
Lastly, just wanted to add that I am 35 and enjoyed the book. Its not the most sophisticated thing I've ever read, but so what? Will probably check out the sequel when I get a chance.