The world and characters Suzanne Collins creates are simply fantastic. I purchased the next in this series, Catching Fire, the instant I finished The Hunger Games.
Katniss is so fallible and human. It's hard not to relate to her.
Perfect narration and entirely believable as the view-point characters.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I am a 29 year old, married female reader and I know I am not the target audience for this book. However, after reading so many reviews by other middle age adults, I expected a cleverly written story. I was so disappointed with this book. I couldn't keep count of all the times the author uses, "she says" or "he says". She literally uses those endings after each sentence. She also uses your standard catch phrases all over the book, which just seemed to be very immature, lazy, writing.
Other then the poor writing style, the interwoven adolescent love story was simply too immature for me to enjoy. Again, I know I am not the target audience for this book and its possible a teenager could really enjoy this type of childish romance, But I really do not understand all of the other adults who wrote raving reviews for this book.
The only reason I give this book two stars is for the unique premise of the story line. It seemed to be an interesting idea that had poor follow through.
Now, for the narrator: Carolyn McCormick. She is not a bad reader, but she's been miscast for this particular story. This story is read in the first person by the main character who happens to be a young teenage girl. I don't understand the reasoning behind having an older woman's voice play the part of a teen.
Overall, I would say this is one of the worse choices for my credit. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.
The Hunger Games is, by far, my favorite book of all time. At first, I only wanted to read it because of all the talk about it, but... then I fell in love and couldn't stop listening to it! I must admit... one time I listened to it until almost 4am... :O
Here are some reasons that I LOVE The Hunger Games:
1.) Peeta Mellark. Oh my goodness! I am in love with Peeta Mellark. His unassuming wonderfulness stole my heart! (by the way, Josh Hutcherson is the perfect actor for Peeta! Josh is pretty much the only celebrity I've ever had a crush on)
2.) There were countless times in the book where I was holding my breath to see what was going to happen... and it didn't disappoint!
3.) The characters were developed so well that it was easy for me to forget that they're just that... characters in a book. LOVE! <3
4.) The people at the Capitol were so unintentionally comical (I'm sure Suzanne meant to make them the way they come across) that I hated them! I love it when authors can make the reader love or hate a character.
5.) I am a writer, and my dream is to one day be as good an author as Suzanne Collins. Her timing with making the story go in a different direction is impeccable. She is one of the best story creators that I've ever heard of.
What a great book! I wish I'd read it back when I was 14. I would have been completely obsessed :)
If you want to know what to read next... I would thoroughly recommend the 'Tomorrow When the War Began' series by John Marsden.
This is my favorite audio book mainly for how good the narrator is. This woman is as good as the guy who does the audio for Harry Potter and she does an awesome job with all the voices.
Love to listen to books in the car it makes my commute so much better. The books I tend to listen to while I am driving are ones that are purely for entertainment.
I am on the third book of this series and I have to admit that they are my guilty pleasure after a long day of work. The world that surrounds the Hunger Games is just depressing, however, what makes it all that different from our own world... The reality comes through that any government is not beyond utilizing its citizens as pawns on a daily basis. Carolyn McCormick is a great reader and love her ability to create voices that truly differentiate and engage. If I were to be critical about anything is the use by the author of the
I love these books and have read them many times. Don't make the mistake I made and buy all three books until you decide if you can stand the narrator. She really doesn't fit the main character, makes all the guys sound like surfer dudes, and doesn't really have a range of voices. Even my kids were really disappointed and started suggesting other readers from other books we've listened to as better people for this one. As my daughter said,
Someone who sounded the right age
I love combining two favorite hobbies of reading (listening) to books while sewing quilts & baby blankets!
I started listening to this and got my daughter caught up in the saga as well! We loved listening to this in the car on our longer commutes! We are now in a lull in the second book after the constant action from this one. The narrators were great! They bring you right into the story so you feel as though you are right there with Catniss & Peta!
I don't think I can say enough good things about this series. It isn't just a good read but a profound though provoking look at humanity and youth and personal struggle. I just enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end.
I got the book because i really liked the movie trailer, however I was disappointed. The book is written in a simple language and aimed at a younger audience.