My daughter talked me into listening to this book. She thought it was better than Harry Potter. Well to me it sure isn't Harry Potter. This just wasn't my cup of tea at all. Don't think I will see the movie and I know I won't order the second book. This book just did't fit to what I call entertainment or good writting. Took for ever to tell a very simple story. Suzanne Collins repeated herself a lot. She kept going over issues that I thought once said was enough. Just not for me.
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 guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
Hungar Games is an amazing book, Catching Fire is almost as good and Mocking Jay is seriously lacking. It feels like the author and the narrator were just trying to get to the end...any way they could. Still worth making it through all three books.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I'm so glad that I finally succumbed to reading this after the whole series was published so I could start Catching Fire immediately! That's exactly what I had to do, and I'm sure that will be the case with Mockingjay. I resisted reading this because I was afraid it would be far too dystopian, science fiction, and YA for me (I'm well into my 50s), but Collins has managed to write a series that will appeal to the intended audience and adults as well. The Hunger Games has a taut, dramatic and thought-provoking storyline, but it also deals with much bigger questions of celebrity, morality, justice, and humanity. I used to work in a middle school library and I'm debating returning for a visit to make sure as many students (and staff!) read this as possible. The premise of the book itself is horrifying, but I hope that it will provoke thoughtfulness about the striking similarities between Panem and our own culture.
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!
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My daughter raved about this book as did my 21 year old grand daughter so I gave in and purchased it when it was on sale. It sat in my library for months. Finally I decided to give it a listen and WOW-was blown away by the story, the whole idea of The Hunger Games.
Though it's marketed to teens, the book and those following in the series, are definitely for anyone who enjoys stories about future history, as Robert Heinlein termed it. What a different view of the United States this series presents.
Good solid performance by the narrator, Carolyn McCormick add to the story a lot.
I really enjoyed this-and what food for thought it presented to me.
Well worth the 3 credits the series costs.
road show junkie
There's so much more to The Hunger Games than what they showed you on screen; if you want the rest of the story - THE WHOLE STORY - you need to listen! There's a lot going on behind the scenes and in Catniss' head that the screen is not capable of showing.
Cloud Atlas - there's a whole emotional & psychological story line behind what you see or hear about that you need to listen to!
Roo's death - how much it affected Catniss.
I still can't understand how this was considered a children's book - you need an adult sense of understanding to comprehend all that is happening here.
Not every book is for everyone. Although this book has a strong audience it was not one for me, it is a sappy teen angst confused love story with an amateurish attempt at being an action story. If you are 14, and a girl, this will be a great story for you, and that is the target market. I was sucked in by people who loved the movie and some of the reviews that indicated it could be a great book for an adult audience as well as the aforementioned. I am not sure how this works for adults, for some it seemed to but for me it was just silly. Any predicament "Catness" finds herself in is rectified by some intervention and she skates through everything with only confused emotions and some mad higher ups in the ethereal "capital". If she is stung by mutant wasps, or thirsty, BOOM fixed in an anti climatic revelation, her biggest challenge is to continually keep the audience of the "Hunger Games" from seeing her cry. For me I am certain that the books most useful aspect is as a cure for insomnia.
The words of Collins mixed with the smokey expertise of McCormick made for an unparalleled match.
Perhaps the most striking part about the book seems to be that with Collin's brilliant use of foreshadowing and other narrative techniques: no moment is less memorable than the next.
I could not imagine Catnip's voice being narrated by anyone else.
The book made me addicted to the story. I had to know what happens next.
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.