"Very thought provoking"
A surprisingly good read, with much more depth than expected. The characters are very real, as are the problems they have. The rich exploit the poor, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer - some very true to life problems. The Games themselves really draw you in and I found myself unable to put the book down.
"Exciting twists and turns all the way through"
This seems such an unlikely story and likely to be full of hideous gore and stomach turning scariness that I didn't expect to like it (being a wimp at heart) but it is so well written (and read) that somehow one is carried along by the story and can cope with the macabre subject of killing off all but one child.
Excellent story and much recommended
"Every type of person I know has enjoyed this book."
The most listened too audiobook on my Ipod by far. I had read the book at least four times already and it was taking up too much concentration away from eating/washing/revising/going outside (It helps you can multitask with audiobooks). I think this was the free audiobook I chose when i signed up to audible and it sold it for me, now I can't leave. I took a while to get used to the narrator but in no way did this diminish the emotional impact of the story. Every time I hear it by the end of the first chapter I know I'm going to have to listen too the whole trilogy again. perfect story to put on on long car journeys with family, Perfect to listen to on walks.Perfect for huddling up on the sofa and hissing at anyone who tries to talk to you because you don't want to miss a second. If you want to get emotionally involved with amazing characters in a terrifying version of our world, seriously, pick this one!
Suzanne Collins has written an amazing novel the story-line is unpredictable and thrilling. To those who have seen the film an thought that was good i highly suggest you read the book. The only negative thing i would say is it did take a long time to download so if you medium level broadband it will take over an hour to download for the best quality format.
"A great book"
I had read the books previously and loved them so decided to download them too and listen again. The first book is definitely my favourite and I found this book well narrated by Carolyn McCormick and very easy to listen to and become absorbed in. The book is aimed at teens, but I know many adults who have throughly enjoyed the story and who have found the content thought-proviking and an interesting comment on society.
Written from a different prospective which makes it an excellent read. Build up a whole different world, while maintaining emotional touch. Great read!
"Target audience teenagers ??"
Maybe the target age is 15 but as an adult I must say that this is a ' need to read' (particularly if the children have read it). Exiting from start to end, the characters names will stay with you for a long while after you have completed the book, which tells it's own story.
"Chilling, dystopian action thriller."
I have heard people who'd heard about the film of Hunger Games, but never seen it or read the book, dismiss it as kind of a remake of Battle Royale. But it is far more than that and the book itself goes far deeper than the movie. Its portrayal of the dystopian, distorted society of the future is dark and chilling, as seen through the eyes of the lead character, Catniss. The whole wierd build up to the games is seen as puzzling and alien, while the occurences in the games arena are at times nail-biting at other times deeply moving. The narrator, Carolyn McCormick, can seem a little distant at times but in some ways that fits well with Catniss, an innocent lost in the confusing, brutal world of the games and the game-makers and learning to adapt to its demands. I enjoyed listening to the book, I have listened to it three times so far.
I listened to this after seeing the first film and got hooked! It's really gripping and exciting. As soon as it finished I had to buy the other two books as well. One slight problem was that I didn't really like the narrator's style so I bought the others as paperbacks.
"Easy to listen to many times"
I have listened to this book many times and it never gets old or boring. The events are always dramatic and to a certain extent shocking. The description of both the character's feeling and also the variety of settings are enticing and draw the reader in. The characters themselves are both relatable and easy to empathise with making the story interesting and exciting.