This is my 1st book by Robert Heinlein. And I have to say I did enjoy the book, I really did, but a couple things were less than perfect IMO.
#1 I got lost at the beginning of the book on which characters were talking, not sure if that's just me or if it was the narration. Other than that part, the narration was great.
#2 The ending was good, but I found myself looking for Farnham’s Freehold part 2. I wanted to know more. Its not a cliff hanger, but i do feel I have some loose ends that need tied.
Going into the book, I only knew it was about a guy surviving a nuclear Holocaust (which is the reason I got it). I enjoyed listening about how things would be in that situation, with the "Life Boat Rules" and all of a sudden having to reinvent EVERYTHING.
It is true this book has some racial insensitivity in it, but that's not what this book is about. The author isn't trying to see how many times he can throw out derogatory terms (if I recall correctly there only seemed to be 1 character that liked to use such words). The second half of the book isn't really about the "life of a slave" (work, work, try to escape, caught, whipped) type thing. Nor is it about "the shoe is on the other foot and lets see how you like it". It is much more political than that.
All in all
This book is a good listen and Its a good 10 hours of entertainment for 15 bucks.
This is more of a review about the series of books rather than just, "The Hunger Games"
Book 1 is IMO a really good book and a good listen. I agree with all the other positive comments. Also, I think out of the 3 books this one is more of a "stand alone" type book I didn't really need a 2nd book to tie up this one.
Book 2 for me was just as good as the 1st, it has just as much action, if not more. And of course the problems of the love triangle thing. I believe the 2nd book does leave you with a cliff hanger, you have to have book 3 ready to go at the end of that one.
Book 3 Well, It was pretty good. I really don't know how to say it without giving anything up. I did enjoy most of it, its just the ending I didn't care for. Its not that I don't like what happened, I was very, very surprised, but afterwards... There are things that happened that you don't get to "see". To me it felt like the book should be longer. Its like the author created all these problems and realized she only had a page left to write on so had other characters fix things that you don't get the privy to "see". The story is definitely a "Wow" and you will for sure want to talk about it.
The narrator just kills it.. completely ! Its sounds as if they hired me to read this book for you.
I liked the previous books of the series so far.
This particular one just drags on to much and has to many characters that are just to ignornt or gullible. Alot of "scenes" in the story are just to unbelieveable for me. I dont know how to say more without giving away the story.
If your like me, you will read it anyways because it is part of the series. So, when you do read it, dont be ashamed about skipping some chapters.
Basicly just read enough to learn about the 2 main characters and then skip on over to the last 6 hours or so.
FYI I had no problems with the narrator, I found him easy to listen to.
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