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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32492)
    Performance
    (23821)
    Story
    (24145)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Entertaining, but predictable"
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    I had read a handful of reviews about this book before picking it up, and I don't think I've ever been less surprised by a book. It was exactly what the reviews had told me it would be. In many ways, that is good, because this is clearly a well regarded book and series. As many have said, it walks a thin line of target audience. The characters are young teens, the reading level is appropriate for middle school, but this is all contrasted with a dark story about survival, death, and killing.

    I believe Suzanne intended this. As a listener, everything from the style and pacing to descriptions and immature love story constantly reminded me that the characters are young teens. This heightened the experience.

    I feel like I have nothing to complain about, because I think Suzanne is a gifted writer who executed well on her story. She did what she set out to do. I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I was entertained throughout. I can't give it 5 stars though, because I just don't care too much for story. The plot is predictable. Despite having many, many plot twists- there was only one that I didn't see happening far in advance. And that one that surprised me was actually just a tease because the very next twist a few minutes later undid the effects of the surprising one. I didn't care about any of the characters. I couldn't relate to any character. This is possibly because I'm a man and it's told from a teenage girl point of view. The politics are childish. In the end- I don't plan on finishing the series.

    Narration was good. Easy to understand, easy to listen to, and even drew me back in at a few moments when the story wasn't keeping me interested.

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