"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.
"I loved it to death."
I chose this book as a lightweight listening option but was absolutely astonished by how completely hooked on it I was. I could not wait to buy and devour the other two books in the series. It totally transported me to another place, another time and had me unable to even go for a walk without slipping the ipod into my pocket. A fantastic listen!
"Not only for teenagers"
I had my doubts, because this book is targeted to teenagers more than person my age, so it took me a while to start listening the book: after I started I found myself liking the story a lot. Carolyn McCormick was a perfect person to narrate this story.
I love this book and Carolyn McCormick is a fantastic narrator. She captures Katniss and the rest of the characters perfectly.
"kept me awake"
Having listened to all books in the trilogy, I summarise my review by saying that the books kept me awake and riveted while another story of world dictatorship and domination unfolded. Catniss the main character in the tale portrayed great courage to stand up against continuing supression of the human race by other members of the same specie who have come to consider themselves superior.
Not suitable as bedtime reading, the carnage and gore is not for the fainthearted