People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
My middle school daughter has read the Hunger Games series more times than a good parent should allow. But she had a problem with the first movie: she didn't like the jittery camera work in the arena. She did not know enough about filmmaking to know that it was because they used hand-held cameras. But I subsequently learned that she was right -- the major flaw pointed out by many reviewers was the overuse of the jarring hand-held camera.
I got the audiobook ahead of a long road trip she and I had to take. I surprised her with it in the car. She was excited. For five minutes. Then she asked me to turn it off. She hated the narrator. Again, she was right -- look at the reviews, and that is the number one complaint. My daughter is not one to just hate anything anyone does to her favorite book -- she loves Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as only a tweener can. But the camera work ruined the movie for her and the narration ruined the audiobook.
But the book shines through nevertheless. The story is original, engaging, so tragically symbolic of what has been done to our young people in the Vietnam War (the author having been inspired by her father's experiences there) and in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was ongoing during the writing. I am grateful to Suzanne Collins for having conveyed such important messages to my daughter through the conventions of YA dystopian fiction.
In a work made up cover to cover of memorable moments, one can't ever go wrong by picking out the obvious highlights -- the reaping of Prim, the girl on fire, the death of Rue, the berries.
Declined the job. She is too old, she has the wrong accent, her dialogue voices don't work. It probably doesn't matter since the audiobook would surely sell as well as the original book and the movie, but what a shame that they chose the wrong narrator and kept her for all three volumes.
Among my favorite, these books are deep, imaginative and engaging. I so love Katniss. You really don't understand how awesome she is from watching the movies. Nor do you understand the depth of what is going on between Katniss, Gayle and Petah.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
I saw both movies and decided two read the 2nd book and was pleasantly surprised.This is a good book and not just a kid book or movie.The book is really close to the movie and the ending is great. Katniss finds out nothing is as it seems,Katniss and Peeta get called back for the qtr. games and the odds are against them.Their is no way they can make it out alive again and they know it.What they don't know is Haymitch and the rest of the rebellion has other things in mind. Katniss finds out she can't trust anyone... CHECK IT OUT..
The Hunger Games is definitely in my all-time top 10!
Loved Katniss (of course) but Ru definitely caught my heart.
She treated each character as distinctly different and very human, including those that could very easily have been turn cartoonish but didn't in her more-than-capable performance.
Dystopian novels are not my favorite genre but I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Just relistened to Carolyn McCormick's reading of Suzanne Collin's great tale.......captivating, riveting and just a plain old fashioned good story!!!!!!!!!!
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.
So working at audible is the greatest thing EVER!!!!!
Well the book had me captivated by the am dying but in-love nature, so that for me made it awesome, even thou for one character its wasn't real.
Its similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth which is great by the way even though am only half way through.
Well i think that this book made the movie alot better as when i watched the movie i could hear Katniss thoughts which was very cool, enjoy and its a three part series so i bet the other will be great as well.
Initially I was put off by the narrator. She really made Katniss seem peevish. But after a short while I was so involved in the story that it didn't matter.
After seeing the movie a few days ago, I have a renewed appreciation for the writing and, yes, even the narrator. The movie was good, but lacked the character, spunk, and edginess of the book.
What a great read!
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
Most of you will have seen the movie and have some idea what you're getting into, but I just bought it on impulse based on positive reviews. I have to say I'm pretty disappointed and think the hype is a undeserved.
I have not read the two subsequent novels that resolve the conflicts that remain hanging at the end of this novel. This story does not stand alone without the follow-on novels.
There is a lot of potential here, particularly if the presaged battle between this feisty girl and the totalitarian regime that impoverishes her "district" comes to pass in subsequent novels.
Unfortunately the whole story bogs down over the question of which boy this girl will choose - will it be the kind boy who got a beating to give her some food when she was starving, or the kindred spirit she illegally hunts with to put food on the table? Will the kind boy who has loved her since she was 5 come to hate her if she doesn't return his love? Will the hunter boy understand that she was pretending to love the kind boy just to survive? Will she ever reconsider her decision not to have children? Who cares? Blech!
Even the action scenes are kind of predictable and get bogged down so you want to skim ahead, but its hard to be more specific.
The narrator seems like she's rushing a bit, and has some difficulty reading male voices in a way that helps you distinguish who's talking.
This is a great story that the reader absolutely destroyed. She sounds like she's skipping through a field of daisies with a whimsical smile on her face during every scene. Wrong book for that, dear. This book is for young adults, not challenged 5 year olds. Boo. I want my credit back.