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.
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 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!
if you go into this thinking its going to be epic tale u will be disappointed, its an "ok" story but nothing special,
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.
Don't get me wrong - I like plenty of books aimed at people younger than myself - Ender's Game, the Wheel of Time series, the Bartimaeus books, the Discworld books, etc. - but this one has the same teen-love-story feel that I couldn't connect with in the Twilight series either (I only made it through book one in that series also).
I know some of you will hit the "unhelpful" button just because I don't love Katniss (or Isabella) or the many strapping young gentlemen they're involved with. But please, I'm not saying this is crap - I'm just saying that it's not for me - and probably won't be for other men in their mid 30s who like things like...the Song of Ice and Fire series, for instance - that's all :)
Hunger games is a book about survival much like the survivor series on tv, but you don't get voted off, you get killed off. There are coalitions and deals made between contestants but in the end only one survivor allowed. There is a love story involved, sort of anyway but it did not ring true to me. I really did not like the ending and the degree of cruelty in the game did not make it fun for me. I think younger readers will like it more than me. I am seventy though and somewhat jaded.