Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review of The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one 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 twelve 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 twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

As many of you know, I read and loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins earlier this spring, so when I was shelving audiobooks at my local library and saw it along with Catching Fire I had to check both of them out. I only listen to audiobooks I’ve already read and enjoyed, because I find that if I try to listen to books that are new to me, I just space out instead of paying attention. I consider listening to a book (if it’s unabridged) to be a form of re-reading. Oftentimes when I re-read books I remember the largest and most significant plot points, as well as some characters, but as a detail-oriented person I hope to remember the little things and how scenes play out exactly. I think audiobooks are a great accompaniment to household chores such as cleaning one’s room or unloading the dishwasher. I’m sure if I had to commute daily I would also love to listen to them then as well.

The reader of this is Carolyn McCormick, who I think did a good job overall. I must say that the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and read by Jim Dale are my all time favorite books to listen to, but I’ve enjoyed testing out The Hunger Games as well. When I first started this one, I wasn’t fanatical about how McCormick did Katniss’s emotional passages. However, this feeling quickly passed, and soon enough I was swept away in this fast-paced tale. It didn’t stand out as one of the best readings of an audiobook I’ve ever heard, but it still kept me wanting to keep listening.

Listening to The Hunger Games has been a fabulous way to prepare for Mockingjay’s imminent release. I was glad to refresh on the details of the novel and speculate as to what might happen. I can’t wait to check out more books on CD from library and delve further into this fabulous medium.

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