Engaging, Well Written, Unapologetic.
It really got into each of the characters, you could find out what drove each one, were forced to examine how you would react in that situation.
At first I wasn't a fan, it felt very stiff. However by the end it felt like it was done in well for how the book was written.
No, but i never really want to do that with books. This is one you should take time to digest. That being said by the end "I couldn't put it down".
This is what the Hunger Games could have been. They have many similarities but the biggest difference is that one is completely first person and this one is third person written form different characters perspectives. It is a great read and I would recommend it..
I enjoy fantasy, political, and sci fiction books and I love dogs
I honestly didn't like this book very much because I'm not in to gory details but for some one who doesn't mind the story would be great...
Something science fiction with less gore
I might have preferred to read this story than listen to it because I'm not familiar with Japanese names. There are more than 42 characters in this book, and it was hard to keep track of them all. Though, I believe the author knew that it's hard to keep track of 42 characters, so they're also numbered (e.g. "so-and-so, female student number 11").
My favourite people are probably the "good guys" that we spend a fair amount of time with -- like Shuya, Shogo, Noriko, Shinji, and Hiroki -- but I also liked some of the "bad guys" like Mitsuko and Kazuo. All the characters were really fleshed out and seem like real people to me.
I decided to watch the movie because the book was so amazing, but it's one of those situations where they didn't do a very good job transferring the story. If you know anyone who likes the movie, encourage them to read the book, it's much better. And if you've read the book, maybe don't watch the movie. You'll just find yourself saying or thinking, "In the book..." throughout the movie.
It helps that the author wrote in how many kids were left as the plot goes on. The narrator is slow and methodical but the story really pulls through. Over all, the benchmarks of character throughout the piece are really stand outs. The author really plays up personalities well.
I'd recommend it to male teens.. I'd have probably liked this story more when I was younger.
The concept - the struggle for self-determination and love, within the context of a deadly blood-sport orchestrated by a facist dictatorship.
It was okay. His pronunciation of the Japanese names was on the money, but his voice didn't really embody the different characters. They mostly sounded the same.
I found some of the characters annoying and naive.. of course the characters were all 15 years old. Go figure.
Pretty interesting listen, maybe a little gory and shouldn't be given to children. The only real nick picking I can make is that I found it hard to remember the Japanese names as they were very unfamiliar, but thats to be expected in a book translated from another country.
The reader was fine, he sounded Japanese himself which I found added to the stories feel.
This book stand solely on it's excellent plot.
The writing is passable, but the depth of thought that went into planning the events that make up this book is what kept me going. Sometimes books ask questions that we often ask ourselves, and who among us hasn't wondered how they would do if forced to fight their peers to the death... Okay, that sounds a little crazy, but really, this book takes a "What if..." situation and carries it to a very satisfying conclusion.Entertaining book, great for demonstrating how a fun idea can be as important as how well you write.
I picked up this book after watching the movie and was pleased to recognize the story and characters. The author gives a convincing portrayal of mid-teens caught in a horrible situation, all reacting in different ways. The characterization helps us to understand the individuals reactions even with the large cast. I did feel that I knew most of the characters at least a little by the time they died.
The author also does an excellent job of set the stage for his tale. There is enough background to understand the society in which the events take place and he delivers it at appropriate times during the story. There is a bit of repetition in a few places, usually as we move from one chapter to another which could have used some editorial trimming, but the narrative moves along so quickly that it's soon forgotten.
The map and list of characters to print out was helpful. Like the students I was keeping track of the forbidden zones and the casualties. The Japanese names weren't an issue for me, but there were so many to keep track of!
There were a few technical issues with the recording with small skips but they were only minor annoyances. Likewise, the translation had a few odd moments and the reader, who did very well with the Japanese names, flubs coop (i.e., co-op) consistently. Again, minor issues with an otherwise excellent reading.
After watching the film and listening to the book, I doubt I'll bother with The Hunger Games.
Life is too short to waste on bad authors.
I've read this book twice, hard copy and always wanted an audible version so I could listen at work. The fact that Mark Dacascos was able to pronounce the Japanese names extremely well, his voice was slightly monotone. However, for me, it was fine because I'd read the book before and hearing the action sequences rather than reading them made what was happening more clear.
Kiriyama's ruthlessness as he took out two girls at close range. Yikes! That scene in the book and the movie always makes me cringe.
His pronunciation of Japanese names.
Shinji Mimura ;)
Kids are being murdered in some pretty brutal ways, and yet they spend an awful lot of time discussing their crushes. I find this distracting and ridiculous.
Also distracting is the bad writing. I cannot tell if it's the fault of the author or the translator, but this book contains grammatical errors, at least one confusion between meters and centimeters, and this horrible line: "For a moment, Yutaka fell silent, but then he answered immediately." You cannot have that "moment" and then an immediate answer. There are dozens more lines like this that made me laugh out loud and took me out of the story.
I feel bad for the narrator. I cannot evaluate his performance fairly because the writing is stilted and unnatural. I suspect he did what he could.
All of this is unfortunate because there is something interesting in this book. I was fascinated by ways the relationships between these kids unraveled because of distrust. And given what is revealed at the end about why the program exists, it makes perfect sense. Making people suspicious of one another has always been a key tactic of totalitarian states. But there is too much bad writing, and I could not enjoy the story.
Note to those about to listen: You might want to find a list of characters online and print it out for reference. I am one of those people who has trouble with foreign names, and there are so many characters in this book and the names are sometimes so similar that I lost track a few times. I mean, there's one scene with Yukie, Yuka AND Yuko. I nearly lost my mind.