For me, with little leisure time, but with maximum travel time it was. I miss seeing the words. The story was wonderfully read.
The entire series was read wonderfully!
She did not overact the various voices but it was clear who she was speaking as during the performance.
Its far too long for such a thing, the chapters are well spaced but end with you wanting to continue on to the next.
I teach business, economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. I love economics, politics, and philosophy. I hold an MA in Political Science and BA in English Literature.
Despite the fact that the basis of this story is lifted from ancient Greek history, reality TV and real wars, and the battle group's number "451" is unceremoniously lifted from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", another futuristic take on battling an evil, omniscient government, I found this story engaging just enough to finish the series.
Collins has a tendency to over-write the emotional side of the story, forgetting that the reader has a brain and can inflect their own ideas.
On the other hand, you can literally see the points when she feels she has gotten in over her audience's head and decides to not write anything at all. Instead the protagonist falls unconscious and wakes up days later to find that what, in real young adult literature, should be the conscious raising climax has already concluded, without her participation.
This irked me a lot. This should be the culminating event in the mental development of the young protagonist. The point where she has fought physically and mentally to overcome the obstacles placed before her. She is now an adult and can stand and fight on her own two feet. The reader wants a cathartic resolution. The character wants it. What we are all given is the proverbial "Go to your room while the adults handle this!"
Although this book is great the rest of the trilogy gets progressively worse - greatly narrated, vivid descriptions! Very enjoyable.
I would read this book again! I love it! It's not my favorite of the 3 because it is a bit rushed, but still an excellent read!
All things considered this was a good series, and an interesting look at Socialism and Communism, but by the time this book ended I was ready to part ways with the characters. The first book was by far the best, but the second and third books continued to entertain. In the end, all you can really ask of a book is that it entertains.
The last in the Hunger Game trilogy, this book continues it's action and adventure. As with the other books I do find the writing a tad 'young', having said that, however it's far from cloying or treacly. The story is very entertaining and keeps the listener switched on. The premise for the series is interesting and the characters well crafted and compelling. I listened to all three books and can say it was time well spent.
Complex, Twisting and Unexpected
President Snow - he is a very clever character, cleverly crafted by Collins. He continues to surprise and is always dangerous. He brings a sense of the reality of the danger to the book that can sometimes be lost in the wild buildings, costumes and story.
Jennifer Mason. She has a pretty realistic love/hate relationship with Katniss, and I think Ms. McCormick captured that pretty well in her performance.
Perhaps I am simple, but Suzanne Collins kept turning the tables throughout all three books. As soon as I felt I knew where the story was heading, it went another direction. There were a few overall moves I expected, but even then I was surprised by how they played out. In the end, this is a review of The Hunger Games. No one would really enjoy this book much without reading the other two for background - and no one that would have read the other two should stop there! This book serves well as a capstone of the trilogy.
The third book was way over the top from how the series first started. Katness's downward spiral was just disappointing and, for me, added very little to the overall story. The first book was excellent and the second was a bit much, but the third was just bad. If you have read the first two books in the series and are seeking closure then Mockingjay will give it. Though, don't expect to be satisfied. Mockingjay takes all of the established characters' attributes and turns them on their ear, making me wonder what was the point.