It was the publicity surrounding the release of the DVD that got me interested in listening to this book, What a great decision that was, the book is very well read and had me gripped from the moment it began.
I sped through the story in a couple of days, it was a truely captivating with the characters coming alive in the mind.
The story of poverty and oppression has been done before but this seemed so refreshing to have it done so well, I am really looking forward to the second and third books that I also have downloaded from Audible.
Today I watched the DVD and whilst it was enjoyable it did not do the book justice.
But this is a review of the book and as such it is a 5 star cracker of a story.
Part 3 of the Hunger Games trilogy did not quite live up to my expectations, there is no doubt it was as well written and just as well read, but the twists in the final few chapters just do not sit right with me.
I won't go into specifics as I dont want to spoil the story for potential readers but I came away feeling as if I had missed out a chapter along the way.
Overall the story was as gripping as the previous 2 books and I still rate it an excellent read, perhapse when I have more time I will re-read (listen to) the second part of this book again to see if I can get a better grip on the reasoning of our heroine.
I started this book just as soon as I completed "The Hunger Games" this book is as compelling as the first so well written and narrated it captures you from the first line and holds you throughout, If I had to criticise something it would be the ending that somehow seemed rushed and came out of nothing that we were expecting.
As I have now started the 3rd book and some of the gaps are being filled in it makes sence but I think it might have been better to have added the first chapter of book 3 to the end of this book as that would have explained things better but that might just be a personal thing and should not put off anyone as this really is a very good story..
Anyone who dismisses this as a children's story, fairy tale, or -worse - only knows the Disney cartoon... should be locked up in Galapas's dungeon & made to listen to this fine audiobook until his brains bubble.
There is a tradition of intelligent, absurdist British comedy, which - if you drew a line from Douglas Adams, back through Monty Python & the Goons, would go slap bang through the middle of T.H. White. Not just witty & erudite but laugh-out-loud funny.
Fantasy, Natural History, Science, Philosophy & observational comedy all wrapped up in a whacking good adventure yarn, stuffed with more mediaeval detail than you'd get after an evening drinking mead with an Oxford history don.
I'm going to listen to the remaining 4 books in what began as a trilogy ... now, where have I heard that before? Come back Douglas, comedy needs you. It's all just rockstar stand-ups, now, filling the O2 arena!
Beautifully read, too. Don't ever download the standard audiobook files. I paid £81 for Lord of the Rings & got something that sounds like it was recorded through Tom Bombadil's old sock! That was before Enhanced (CD) quality was available.