It's a very fun listen and outside my "norm," (I'm not a young adult), so ranking it would be unfair, but I can say that when I put it down, I was always looking forward to hearing more.
More than any one moment, Hunger Games is a cliffhanger at every chapter and a protagonist that is very fun to root for.
The protagonist, Katniss.
Audio book was the perfect way for me to enjoy a great work of young adult fiction that I might not have otherwise read. It has a serial-adventure quality that is irresistible (like a young girl's Indiana Jones) even to this 40-year-old man. I also found it fun to see what my teenage students and daughter identify with in a cool, girl-hero.
The tough fact is you are listening to a fantastic audio of a work that is warning against eliminating books. As I put the ear buds in and listened to the description of the zombie-like wife, dreaming away because of the ear-buds in her ears, I couldn't help but cringe. If you can get past the hypocrisy, you'll enjoy, I did.
Great book, love Richard Price for the parallel tracks he keeps going. Bobby Cannavale jumps from to Hispanic woman to juvenile wallflower to hard-boiled detective with a sense of cool and completely convinces you he's the voice of each. Get it, it's good.
Very much in Hornby's style: filled with the misadventures of awkward characters and their bumbling attempts and finding meaning in life which, inexplicably, make the reader feel good, normal. Great story, lighthearted reading with some powerful and interesting ideas to dwell on after. (ie.e Does a work of art have a life of it's own? Is an artist beholden to his/her work? Do fans distort art even as they venerate it?) As each chapter shifts to a new character's point of view, there is a new narrator for that character, which makes for a dynamic and interesting listen. Great listen.
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