Fantastic book, with a great deal of interesting scientific information and topics. It doesn't really go into very much depth, but keeps things moving along at an interesting pace. Listening to it, it is easy to get lost in the interesting world of the bizarre creatures from our planet (and beyond...?), and the narrator does a FANTASTIC job. Overall, the book doesn't get bogged down with overly scientific and professional speech and information, which does mean some topics are not as in depth as I would have liked...however, it does a great job covering a wide range of interests, explains things in a simple to understand manner, and keeps your interest. The narrator adds a lot of life to what could have otherwise been a very dry read, and its a great jumping off point to expand your interest into a variety of other areas.
The humor and easy to follow/understand explanations of what could have been rather confusing or technical scientific information.
Outstanding narrator, and perfect for these types of audio books.
This audiobook reminds me a lot of the History Channel series "The Universe" - the same way complicated ideas and concepts are explained with clever analogies, clear language and humor is echo'd here in this book. If you enjoy one, you will surely enjoy the other.
For my kids, this is their favorite audio book (even though they have it memorized). Its a fun book, a great narrator,and is truly a classic. A perfect "scary story" for the younger kids. (I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old)
Anytime the pumpkin head goes "Boo!"...the narrator does a great job with voic acting for this story.
She reminds me of a favorite librarian reading a story at story hour at the library...she seems to enjoy reading/telling the story as much as my kids love listening and acting along with it!
My kiddos laugh and laugh and laugh with the story.
A great halloween story that isn't too scary for younger kids, without being restrictively "seasonal"...my kiddos listen to it all the time, and love to act along with all the wiggling, shaking, clomping and etc. This is the version I recommend the most (I downloaded two different ones, but this is the house favorite)
Right up at the top - the entire hunger games audiobooks series is excellent, and is how I got my non-reading husband into listening to books on car trips.
Katniss! Especailly in this book, I think the author did a great job of making her a realistic character, giving her strengths and flaws, and making her ending (and her actions throughout the book) realistic and memorable.
I know some people have complained about the third book and the ending, feeling as if the character of Katniss is weak or too different from how she is portrayed in the first book. However, me and my husband had a different interpretation. At this point in the novel series, Katniss has been through a lot, seen a lot, and lost a lot. I think the author does an excellent job capturing in Katniss what we both immediately recognized as PTSD symptoms. (We are both active duty military) And this is realistic: going through battle, experiancing war, can do this to a person, and it changes them. Katniss is not the same character from the first book, but it isn't her being weak - her battle within herself, overcoming PTSD, continuing to live, fight, and try to be okay - is the strongest thing we could ever ask her to be. The author does an excellent job capturing this realness in Katniss, and the end of the book (without any spoilers) was poignant, painfully real, and brought a tear to my eye. Excellent, excellent ending to an amazing series.
Again, great characterization, and plot. The descriptions of the game are by far and away my favorites.
The scene in District nine
Continues the story line, and does end on a cliff hanger. I immediately started the third book once this one was complete.
We listen to HDDSGN almost every evening that I don't read the book itself.
My son LOVES all the different dinosaurs, and the rhyming scheme is perfect for him to follow, enjoy and remember. (My son is two, and loves, loves, loves this recording)
There is a lot of musical accompaniment to this audio book, so its not a "fall asleep listening to this" book, but still an excellent book before bedtime. Always makes me smile, and my boy loves it.
Yes, it was an interesting topic, and the set up of the book was engaging. The format was a little difficult to get into at first (alternating chapters/view points, which meant that sometimes it felt like reading two books concurrently), but once the story hit its stride, it was very engaging.
It was a little frustrating at times to switch between viewpoints. The story was a little slow in the begining as well. But, the author does an excellent job introducing us slowly to an interesting world, and building up characters and plot. The ending is a cliff hanger, and leaves the story unfinished, but not so much of a cliffhanger that it is frustrating.
My biggest complaint is that the magical power introduced for the begining of the book is almost completely ignored throughout the majority of the story. I hope it plays a bigger role in coming books.
There are some disturbing scenes in this book as well, and listening instead of reading them can be a little more difficult. Just be aware, this is Harry Potter and Hogwarts - this book has much more serious consequences and unsettling imagery than any of the HP books.
Absolutely. The story is fantasic, and the author does an excellent job of world building and making characters you can really care about.
The scene with Katniss being "scored" by the judges. My favorite scene in both the movie and the book.
The movie was excellent, but the book even more so. I was not interested in this series, and in fact had to be drug to the movie kickign and screaming. However, after the movie, I picked up this book on audible, and fell in love with the series. The narrator is excellent, and the limited POV of the novel is very interesting, and gives you different views than the movie. The book also encourages a lot of discussion in regards to the liklihood of this sort of distopian future, the characters, and how *we* would have done things differently.
Yes - as a narrator, Wil Wheaton does an outstanding job with all of the characters, and is an excellent choice for this book. I have not read the print version, but the audio version blew me (and my non-reading husband) away. We laughed outloud at several points.
There is a lot of 1980's pop-culture in this book, but it is still enjoyable even if you aren't as well versed as the author in all things geek/nerd/etc from the 80's.
The Princess is in Another Castle.
The book is a little clunky to begin with, and there is a lot of narration, but it really gets going once you get into the Oasis. The author builds a great world, one that you really want to know more about, and listening to the book with my husband gave us a chance to re-live some nostalgic childhood events, make fun of each other for shared dorky experiances, and made for interesting conversation. It's not a perfect book; needs more "show me" and less "tell me", and there is a long bit in it that slows the plot a little, but it is still a very, very good book and I loved all the characters. I can definitely see a future for this book as a movie as well.
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