>> Sunday, September 20, 2009
Genre: YA – Science-Fiction/Dystopian
Publication Date: 2008
Read by: Carolyn McCormick
Yes, I just read the book a few months ago, so this post is not about the plot of The Hunger Games it’s about the Audio version of the book and my audiobook listening in general.
For my thoughts about the story see my review of The Hunger Games.
I decided that listening to the audio version of this book was a great way for a re-read before reading the sequel. I was glad I did. It was a nice way to be refreshed on the story and it was interesting to compare the audio to reading it. Bottom line, I loved the book in both versions.
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent reader and I’m pleased to see that she has also read the audio version of Catching Fire. You may not recognize her name, but if you’ve watched even a few of the ubiquitous Law & Order episodes on TV, you’ll probably recognize her voice as that of psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Olivet. She has consistently appeared as a guest star on that series.
What I discovered while listening to this book is that I apparently have some distinct preferences for my audiobook listening. I listen almost exclusively in the car when I’m driving by myself. When I first started listening to books in the car, cassette tapes were the most common format. Gradually the selection of books on cd became more extensive and then I got a car with no cassette deck. In the meantime I also acquired several ipods, one of which is now dedicated to audiobooks.
I started this book by listening directly from the cds. I had a day long road trip and had just picked it up from the library. I found that in this particular book the tracks tended to be longer (4-5 minutes) which made it more awkward to backtrack just a little bit if I wanted to. The advantage of cassettes was always a quick short rewind when necessary. One difficulty in listening to cds is that (at least on my car stereo) I have to back up to the beginning of the track.
I guess I’ve been spoiled by my ipod. I ended up going ahead and downloading this book and finishing it by listening from the ipod. It gave me back that ability to back up just a half minute or so when I want to. From now on even though the book on cd might not be due back at the library right away, I’m going to go ahead and put it on my ipod because I find that I need that. Because I listen in primarily 10 to 15 minute increments while driving around town or running errands, being able to back it up just a teensy bit rather than up to 5 minutes to the beginning of the track is important to me.
Lessons learned, I guess.
Bottom line on the audio version of The Hunger Games is that I still give it a 5 star rating and recommend it as either an initial or as a re-read option.