I was pleasantly surprised by both the story and the ready. The story was interesting, but I feel in some ways we have heard it before, but perhaps not with children as the main contestants. We got to ride along with Kat during her journey but it seemed like everyone else was a passenger and not a participant and that is why I feel it lacked some punch. The reader was above average even though she needed to put more umph in some spots and left me feeling wanting. Overall good story and I will get the next one.
I have been deeply moved with this first part of the Hunger Games trilogy. Not only is the story fantastic, so, too, is Carolyn McCormick's narration. Wonderful vocal characterizations while also moving the story along fluidly. Definitely a story that easily appeals to both adults and children. I hesitated downloading this book for a while, worried that a "children's book" wouldn't keep my attention, but it has done better than recent "grown up titles" of memory. i can't find a flaw in the book or the narration. Can't wait to get the second and third books as well.
I enjoyed this book. So much so that I am now listening to the second book. The Hunger Games had a lot of good action scenes. I also like the evil government and am hopeful for an uprising.
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, after a few chapters, I had to quit listening to it. I will admit that the main character, Katniss (the girl telling the story), is not the most likeable person, but McCormick's cold voice characterization was making me hate her. Thankfully, I was intrigued enough by the story to go buy a physical copy of the book. It's much easier to get through and enjoy the story without McCormick's narration. I would give the actual book 5 stars, but this audiobook is only worth 1 (if even that).
Exceedingly delightful. An incredible page turner, I did not want to stop listening. Well narrated and well written. It will make a blockbuster movie, just wait. I loved it anyway.
This is not the kind of book that i normally listen to but it was reccomended to me by a friend as a good way to pass the time on long drives. I drive 6 hours almost every weekend to see my family and the hunger games series has made the past 3 weeks fly by to the point where i would sit in my car when I got home for up to 20 minutes just so I could keep listning. Very well read and an interesting story.
I'm not into this genre all that much- but I wanted something to listen to and with the hype about a movie deal in the works- my partner and I decided to give this a go.
It was absolutely enthralling. We listened to all three books within a week. And come to find out our son has read the first two books and was waiting on the third book to become available in his library.
We're both 39 and our son in 13. So there is a lot of appeal all across the age spectrum. I highly recommend this series- but be ready to devote some time to it- because you're not going to want to put it down!!! I hope you enjoy it half as much as we did.
When you take your audio book on walks and listen to it in bed you know it's a good book! Great imaginative story with characters you really care about. I recommend this strongly and can't wait to see what else Suzanne Collins has done.
Old timer IT guy, researcher.
The story feels somewhat simplistic, clichéd and quite contrived, particularly as key plot devices regularly arrive without warning. However, once the games start the story becomes much more compelling. I can understand how some people may have issues with the narrator, but if you can get over it, McCormick does quite a reasonable job. I think Collins shows her roots as this would definitely gain more stars for younger readers.
The book is very well written, believable from the perspective of our main character, narrated very well, and it keeps moving constantly to keep things interesting. I couldn't put it down and listened it through on my entire 8 hour Thanksgiving vacation commute- along with before bed and before / after naps!
Is this the first of a series or a stand alone installment? You REALLY want to be able to follow the story onward long after the final words are spoken!