I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (young adult suspense) I'm a real chicken when it comes to violence, so I've been shying away from this book because I feared it would be a teenaged version of The Gladiator. I finally gave in to the hype and listened to it, and I'm so glad I did. The violence is very "watered down," so I was totally okay with it. This was probably the hardest book to put down that I've heard so far. Great story, great characters, great action, blah, blah, blah...
PERFORMANCE - Well done, though I agree with other reviewers who suggest that a younger-sounding voice would have been better for Katniss.
OVERALL - Hunger Games is a great 5-star listen which will keep listeners of all ages on the edge of their seats.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
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.
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.
Although I can't argue much with the casting of characters in the recent movie, the movie pales in comparison to the book. Hearing thoughts and background provides a richer experience that helps to crystallize what the author meant to say, or more correctly, meant to express. The tapestry of this story comes alive with imagined situations that give depth to the protagonist, the people she interacts with, and the scenario she is forced into.
Strongly recommend this - it is a quick "can't put it down" listen.
I LOVED IT
Cat was because she was just great.
Cat and McCormick's voice was fantastic.
Yes I found myself smiling, laughing, and maybe watery eyes.
Just read or listen to this book, you wont regret it.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
I can see why there is so much talk about this book it was fantastic! I was thankful I started the book on a Saturday because once I started I could not stop. My life came to a complete hault until I finished it. I know the book is rated for young adults but I am 35+ ;) and I thought it was so entertaining. The book was so much better then the movie. I was glad I started with the book instead of seeing the movie first. This is so worth the credit you won't be sorry!
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
A great story
The characters but most of all the nuances and the social implications. There is so much political and social relevancy that not sure most would know from the title.
I have not, but I just started "Catching Fire" and her performance is equal to that of "Hunger Games"
One of my top favorites along with The Help, 11-22-63, Cutting for Stone and Snowflower and the Secret Fan.
Property manager, Mom of 4 (almost grown), interested in historical novels, knitting, skiing, entertaining. I share with my husband who likes the mysteries and thrillers.
THis book is a good listen, very descriptive, performance is very good. You feel as though you are actually in the story.