The book(s) are great. I've read all three more than once. For this audio version however, I believe a different narrator would have enhanced the experience.
Not to disparage Ms. McCormick in any way but I think she was miscast for this material. Ms. McCormick's tone, inflection and pace seem better suited to a fairy-tale or other children's story than this insightful, gritty, fast-paced novel. Missing is the tension, edge, fear, oppression and desperation conveyed in the book. Also missing is the suspicious, mature (beyond her years), edgy and sometimes cynical nature of Katniss' character. Ms. McCormick's reading renders Katniss too sweet and innocent. While Katniss is inexperienced and naïve in the ways of romance, she is not sweet nor innocent-she is noble, brave and more. Other characters also suffer. They seem (through Ms. McCormick's performance) too kind...too normal. The settings for the events in the book and the circumstances the characters are forced to cope with are anything but "normal". Ms. McCormick makes a good effort, but I suspect she is just too nice a person for this story.
I usually avoid "youthful" themes as they tend to be quite predictable and boring. This book is truly an exception. A very good friend in my age group (60ish) kept nagging me to read it, but I chose to purchase the audio version instead. I'm so glad I did. The reading is as flawless as the story is written. Sometimes we forget that the "pure" emotions of the human psyche are still around in literature and not dependent on age. I totally lost myself in listening to this story and am now halfway through the second book. I recommend to anyone of any age to read this. I did recently see the movie which is sooooo lame compared to the book. The book has great character development and the movie had none. Would have been so much better as a well developed mini-series. So if you have seen the movie and not read or listened to the book, don't let it keep you from a great experience.
All were wonderful.
The perfect voice for Cat and did a memorable job overall.
The whole gamut of emotions runs deep with this book.
A great listen!
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book had the potential to be sooo much more in my opinion & maybe it was the hype or maybe I just didn't like the narrator but the first thing that popped into my head when this book began was "The Running Man" movie with Arnold just with kids not disimilar to a 'Lord of the Flies' type setting going on in the background. What I got was a book I felt the author wrote for a specific target adolescent audience to be made into a blockbuster & I can't even get past the first hour or 2 of the follow-up book.
Like I said, I think Collins had something really special in her hands but for some reason it slid thru her fingers like sand. If the movie was the only thing that came out for this story I would have found it enjoyable because normally when u watch a TV series or movie about a book u are wondering how they will fit everything into the show, in this case, almost all of it was pretty easily fit in... I gave the story 4 stars because of what it could have been & the idea of what the future & society could become, but overall it gets a 2 at best because it was a but flaccid....
I am 53 and didn't know this was a "kids" book. I generally don't go for any kind of violence in my readings, however after listening to the "sample," I wanted to hear this book. I really enjoyed it. I did not like the ending that DEMANDS that you go to the next of the series. You just have to!!! I have to wait for my next credit!!!! AHHHHHH! This was a great listen.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
Considering the overwhelming number of positive reviews, how could I not listen to this book? I was afraid to start it, having put it on the bottom of my pile, I listened to all my other books first. I was reluctant because it was not in my usual favorite genre.
I will admit the it kept me tethered to my iPod for the two days that it took for me to finish it. So now on to the next book in the series...I can hardly wait.
I am writing this review mainly to lend some support to the narrator who seems to garner more complaints in these reviews than make sense to me. From my perspective, McCormick provides the perfect voice for Katnis. She sounds tough, emotionally repressed, competent, yet struggling to cope. I accept that some listeners must not find this voice appealing, but future readers, please don't let the complaints put you off. Judge McCormick for yourself.
This is a fabulous story. Collins creates a fantastic but believable world. I was struck by how many correlations to real life conditions I found in the text. People really do still starve like this in many parts of the world. Entire ethnic groups are held in servitude on flimsy historic reasons (not that any reasons are justifiable). Twelve year olds carry guns and fight in armies. In America, we love lotteries and "Survivor" reality TV. It makes one think....
This was my first audiobook ever, and it was a great experience. The narrator, Carolyn McCormick was terrific! I found myself laughing and crying with her, I could really get into the story. This is a great version of the Hunger Games.
I have to admit I will listen to this book more than once. There was so much hype about that movie that I had to see it. Once I did everyone started saying I should read the book. I had tried to read it and I couldn't get past the first few pages. I then decided I would get the audiobook because I could listen to it while I was on breaks and lunches.
Once this book got going it was so good. I fell into the book and I found that it and I found that it had so much more detail and plot then the movie. I fell in love with the characters all over again. They were so much deeper and stronger. You really root for them in this book and you want them to win and get out alive. You understand the terror better and the motivations of the characters better. Definitely read the book.
Somebody already mentioned reading this at one go. I started listening the book yesterday evening so i had to stop around 8AM because i was too tired but i finished after waking up. I think this is the best book i've read in years! I usually don't like female narrators but Carolyn McCormick voice and play feel like she was telling her own story which fits the audiobook very well.