I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.
Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.
It was a great story. I really cared about the characters.
The ending was so sad.
I loved the commentary at the end of the story.
the lead character is whiney, selfish and annoying. I loved the concept of the future USA in this book and the hunger games, etc...but I think the book "jumped the shark" when it introduces the mutt/wolves/dogs/dead character/being things. When they were introduced I exclaimed" ARE YOU SERIOUS! THAT IS SO DUMB!" I listened to all the books, hoping it would get better, the main characters would mature... to no avail. Thats what I get for reading/listening to a book with teenage characters...I cant relate...
I did like the narrator.
Yes sure it was a good listen, wraps up the story of catness quite well.
Excellent reader, really helps you get into the story.
"in the future, girls are on fire..." jk i don't know.
I loved this book, the story was great! The voice of the woman who read it however, was a different story! Her voice was grating and she made Katniss sound like an overly anxious and awkward girl instead of the strong, brave, even though sometimes desperate girl I had imagined. I'm not sure if the tinny sound of her voice was due to poor quality of the recording or if it was the woman's voice but it was irritating to the point that I wasn't sure I would actually finish listening to the book.
I would change nothing about the reading. Carolyn McCormick was so good that when I tried to read the book myself I would go too fast to get as into it. Her pace and skill at dramatic reading takes the reader through every moment. So listening to her really maximizes the experience.
As for the story itself: the things that "worked out" in the end did not make the agony worth it. The author cheated us out of satisfaction. I can respect her realism and avoidance of a typical "happy ending," but something was missing. I think Collins could have at least given us a good couple chapters on the reconciliation and love between Katniss and Peeta.
This story drew me in with tremendous force. I couldn't put it down
I enjoyed the fast pace and powerful story but wanted more in terms of character development.
As good as the first two books.
Have had a hard time limiting myself to only listen while on a trip.
Yes, it was time well-spent. I was driving on a 5-6 hour trip and it kept me entertained for the trip down and back.
Yes, I just downloaded the third book in the series
She was very easy to listen too. She managed the different voices with ease.
Definitely. I did see the movie tied in to book 1 and I would go to see this one in movie format too.
A slow start but stay with it. The arena experience is satisfying and now I am enticed to read the final book in the series.
In a word... letdown. The story plods along, rehashing and re-telling old stories until the last few chapters where things get interesting only to have the main characters enter a pointless struggle, then alot of tedious, boring fill in the blank storytelling. A weak ending to a decent trilogy.