Votre titre Audible gratuit

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

A Hunger Games Novel
Lu par : Santino Fontana
Série : Hunger Games
Durée : 16 h et 16 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 13 & Up
4 out of 5 stars (9 notations)

9,95 € / mois après 30 jours. Résiliable à tout moment.

ou
Dans le panier

Description

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute...and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. 

©2020 Suzanne Collins (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.
Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent
Notations
Global
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    3
  • 4 étoiles
    4
  • 3 étoiles
    2
  • 2 étoiles
    0
  • 1 étoile
    0
Interprétation
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    3
  • 4 étoiles
    3
  • 3 étoiles
    3
  • 2 étoiles
    0
  • 1 étoile
    0
Histoire
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    3
  • 4 étoiles
    3
  • 3 étoiles
    2
  • 2 étoiles
    1
  • 1 étoile
    0

Il n'y a pas encore de critique disponible pour ce titre.
Trier par :
Trier par:
  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Dr.
  • Dr.
  • 19/05/2020

All about the narrator

I listen to audiobooks. A lot. So, I know something about narrators. A good narrator fades into the background as the characters rise through their voice, creating a seamless performance. Santino Fontana is not a good narrator. A good reader, but not a narrator. The book is read in a monotone with zero differentiation between the characters. There are several points where the characters are singing and this is not even attempted. The disconnect between the text saying that the character is singing and unemotional reading of the text is jarring. There is no good reason for a narrator this poor to be reading this book. I mean, it's the Hunger Games. They had their pick of vocal talent that they selected this guy? Now, the narrator is not going to keep me from this book. I'll probably enjoy it, too. But I will not have the immersive experience that a truly talented narrator brings to the story. It's unnecessary and a real shame.

557 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Rj
  • Rj
  • 19/05/2020

The narration is the worst I’ve heard

This is the dullest , monotonous reading I’ve heard for a high anticipated book. Why did they choose such a horrible , Boeing reader !!

I will finish the story, but the narration will limit the number of listens.

Hopefully they re-record with better talent.

283 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Edgars Dumins
  • Edgars Dumins
  • 19/05/2020

Bad part

Good story and interesting premise BUT the reader is not interested,he sounds bored.
I would have prefered Tatiana (original book reader) to Fontana.

205 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour amybw
  • amybw
  • 19/05/2020

struggling to get through chapter 1

Like others have said, this reader is awful.
He sounds like he is reading a mundane "same stuff, different day" news story.
Not much inflection. Pauses in the wrong places.
Almost as if he is reading a list.
No change of tone when changing to a flash back.
Character voices are barely changed.
When excitement happens at the reaping it brings about a yawn. :(

137 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Robert
  • Robert
  • 19/05/2020

Narrator is perfectly fine

Ok, I’ll be totally honest, this is JUST a review of the narrator. I am only a few minutes into the book but I can’t figure out why people are so up in arms. He’s fine. Sure, it’s been a VERY long time since I listened to the original books but compared to the hundreds of narrators I’ve listened to since 2005, this guy is fine. IMHO narrators tend to fall into two categories; those who do a lot of voices and bring a lot of acting to the performance and those who more or less read to you. This is a reader for sure but even in the first few minutes he’s already done a different voice for one character. I think most people will be fine with this narration once more people have listened.

113 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 20/05/2020

A Powerful Prequel

Suzanne Collins, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Hunger Games Saga, invites the readers and listeners back to this beloved series with the recently released The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

With its action set 64 years before the exhilarating events in The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel, an origin story for one of the most hateful characters in this extremely appreciated works of fiction. Coriolanus Snow is a young man down on his luck, his family fortunes are gone and he is chosen to be a Mentor for one of the kids destined to fight to the death in The Hunger Games.

Fans of this series will discover how the games were in their inception, how The Capital looked 10 years after the war and most importantly, how this renowned character, hated and despised in the original stories, started his path to power.

After his excellent performance for Stephen King's The Institute, actor, singer and narrator Santino Fontana does a great job in bringing to life the events, characters and locations in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.I enjoyed Santino Fontana's delivery of this work and I am always glad to listen to him.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a great opportunity for fans of The Hunger Games to step back into this world filled with violence, action, horrors, betrayal, dirty politics, dark secrets and unforgettable characters. Although I am not a Hunger Games fan, I think I'll pick up the series as soon as I'll get some free time as I am ''hungry'' to relive the events set after this prequel.

If you liked this review please vote Helpful below and find more of them here and on theAudiobookBlog.
I also post honest reviews at the author, narrator or publisher's request, you can get in touch with me for more details.

Thank you & stay safe,
Victor

112 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Sam
  • Sam
  • 19/05/2020

I like the narrator

I’m a big fan of Santino Fontana so I’m probably biased but I enjoy his narration. He does different voices for different characters. And he might be dry at times but I think it fits the character (or at least how far I’ve gotten). I honestly wasn’t going to bother listening to this until I saw he was the narrator. As for the story itself it’s such a weird choice for a prequel. Never while reading the Hunger Games trilogy was I like “oh Snow is so interesting I must know more about him”

74 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour JS
  • JS
  • 19/05/2020

Great Narrator, Engrossing Story

I'm breaking my rule of always finishing a work before writing a review because I can't believe the reviews saying that Santino Fontana doesn't provide a good performance here. Fontana gives a measured narration that fits a third-person limited perspective. Since there is no "narrator" character in this work, (unlike the originals, where the narrator is Katniss), it wouldn't make sense for Fontana to go over the top with emotion during the narration. In fact, I would argue that it would be distracting for him to do so. He still provides proper inflection during narration and dialogue.

UPDATE: I've finished the book and am really impressed with this story. It's darker and bleaker than the original trilogy, but it's still incredibly compelling. The narrative goes to a few unexpected places and the way Suzanne Collins fleshes out Snow, adding real dimension without trying to redeem him from irredeemable actions, is an incredible feat.

70 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Lynette Garet
  • Lynette Garet
  • 19/05/2020

Narration not good- turn up speed.

While the story is, as expected, good, the narrator is pretty disappointing. Up the speed to 1.1- it helps.

53 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Kallensmama
  • Kallensmama
  • 19/05/2020

poor narrator so far

Just started, but so disappointed in the narration so far! ugh I was so invested in the previous narrator that it's a difficult adjustment. We'll see how it goes..

44 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

Trier par :
Trier par:
  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour ladybug
  • ladybug
  • 13/06/2020

It has taken me 2 weeks to suffer through this

This audiobook cannot keep up with the Hunger Games (and Catching Fire). I did not care about any of the characters. I am not sure if it is because of the weak performance - I find Fontana's voice and diction "news and documentary voice", totally unsuitable for fiction especially one with important female characters (somebody made a comment about them sounding like Mickey Mouse - I don't know what Mickey Mouse sounds like, they reminded me of Peter Griffin) and (too) many songs. The idea behind the story is quite good though.

3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour D. Goldin
  • D. Goldin
  • 09/06/2020

Good book - terrible production

I've never heard a man do female voices so badly. No woman speaks like that. Not a single line spoken by a woman carries any emotion. On top of that the audio book is split into chapters almost randomly. The second part of the book starts in the middle of a paragraph! I wish I had bought the book and not the audio book.

2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Amazon-Kunde
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 02/06/2020

Mickey Mouse destroys excellent story. Too bad.

I tried very hard to listen to this audiobook. The story is excellent but I failed because all female characters have weird Mickey Mouse voices. No women/girl speaks like that. Whenever Mickey Mouse started to speak, I couldn't stop giggling. That destroyed the story for me. I need to gain some distance, and then read the book.

2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour su-sun
  • su-sun
  • 31/05/2020

Großartige Ergänzung zu den früheren Büchern!

Die Geschichte um den jungen Präsidenten Snow erleuchtet auf schlüssige und spannende Weise dessen Hintergrund und erklärt damit auch noch, warum er sich später schon sehr früh von Katniss provoziert fühlt und das alles so sehr persönlich nimmt. Es ist sicher nicht leicht, im Nachhinein eine "Vorgeschichte" zu schreiben, die sich gut mit dem Erstwerk verknüpft. Hier ist das m.E. sehr gut gelungen.
Einen Stern Abzug für den Sprecher für die fürchterliche Art und Weise wie er die Lieder im Text gelesen hat. Das geht gar nicht, da hätte es eine bessere Lösung geben müssen.

1 personne a trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Marina Fleck
  • Marina Fleck
  • 30/05/2020

New insights into Snow's motives

What did I expect of a novel whose hero is the arch nemesis of Katniss Everdeen? Well, something like that. Everytime Snow faces a decision on how to act apropriately, you hope... but you know better. The novel is a lot about inner conflicts and taking the easy way out. It echos in your brain. Definitely worth hearing.

1 personne a trouvé cela utile

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Manuel
  • Manuel
  • 10/07/2020

Fesselnd

außerordentlich fesselnd. über lange Strecken positive Geschichte mit einigen - bezogen auf den Protagonisten - negativen Wendungen. kann das Buch
weiterempfehlen

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Paul-Felix H.
  • Paul-Felix H.
  • 07/07/2020

A masterpiece.

I've been following Mrs. Collins' writing for quite some time now. Back in the 2000's, when I was still a child myself, I read her Underland Chronicles and enjoyed every minute of it. It was the way she constantly introduced new, more fantastical concepts that made me stay on edge during reading that series.

(Attention, the following section includes spoilers about the Hunger Games trilogy, but I assume most people who are interested in this book have already read it)

The Hunger Games trilogy, however, disappointed me a bit. I did not like the main character, Katniss Everdeen, one bit. She was a stereotypical hero. No bad side to her, just pure goodness. A Mary Sue, if you will. All "flaws" she had were just disguised positive traits (lacking obidience to authority, for example).
Same applies to pretty much all "good" characters throughout the series. The twist in the final book trying to spin Gale Hawthorne and president Coin as grey characters is nothing but a faint hearted attempt at ambivalence.
Furthermore, the whole universe of Panem seemed inorganic. The capitol system was far too little fleshed out to actually be believable. Oh, and it had an incredibly obnoxious fan base that would discard any criticism of the book as a personal attack on the writer. Please don't get me wrong - these were still solid books I liked to read, but they very far from perfect and worse than the Underland Chronicles.

This book fixes all of this. It gives a deep look into the history and customs of Panem and how the capitol became like it is. The version of Panem presented here, 65 years before the events of the trilogy, is far more believable and akin to our world. With this missing link, the further development into the bizarre world that is presented to Katniss and friends seems more likely.

The main reason why this book is so good, however, are the characters. Coriolanus Snow is so much better than Katniss Everdeen, damn, I can not emphasize this enough. He's such a well written gray (how ironic) character. At all times you could sympathize with his actions and behaviour (he actually has a very, very uncanny resemblance to real life me. I think there was only one situation in the whole book where I wouldn't have made the exact same decision he made, which makes me feel kind of uneasy), still he doesn't get out of character and it is absolutely believable that this bright young man will one day become the brutal dictator Snow we all loathe. There's also a lot of irony to be found in his young life compared to what happens 65 years later, but I won't spoil that.

Lucy Gray Beard, the second main character and the tribute from District 12, is a perfect match for Coriolanus. Bright, flashy and cute, someone who plays with her charisma to get what she wants. She's not an angel, either, which makes her even more interesting. Though it is never clear, she sometimes seems manipulative, even brutal. Those are her two sides - songbird and snake. Quite different from Katniss, but similar in some good ways.
These two people naturally fair very well together, which makes the love story that unfolds very natural and unforced. The dynamic between them is spectacular, but that's something Collins has always been exceptionally good at.

The supporting characters are very believable as well. Doctor Gaul is a believable sociopath, something you rarely find in novels nowadays. Sejanus Plinth is getting on your nerves, but that's intentional. He's the "too good for this world" kind of person you'd find in real life as well. He and his father actually remind me a lot of Thomas and Hanno Buddenbrook, they have a very similar character dynamic. Dean Highbottom is a very believable version of the Oppenheimer typus ("I have become death, the destroyer of worlds!"). If I had to nitpick, I didn't like the lack of attention the rest of the Covey (Lucy Gray's family and Co-Musicians) received. They stayed in the background so much you often forgot they were even there. They were so irrelevant to the experience, I can't remember any of their names right now except for Maud Ivory, even though they were nearly always present during the second half of the book and I just finished it.

Philosophically speaking, this novel deals with the question of anarchism vs. statism, both in their most extreme forms (living under an oppressive totalitarian regime vs. living in the wilderness). It's a literary battle between the state philosophy of John Locke (represented by Lucy Gray) and Thomas Hobbes (represented by Coriolanus). I found it kind of blunt to begin the novel with quotes directly taken from their works. The dialogues between Dr. Gaul and Coriolanus were also a bit too much "in your face". People who know a bit about philosophy would've understood anyways and it might distract the casual reader. Nonetheless, this theme is very elegantly woven into the story and the symbolism is really well made.

One thing I also wanted to mention as well is the ending. I obviously can't spoil it for all of you, so it must suffice that it was one of the most brilliant endings of a story I've ever read. It had a very deep meaning that resonated with me. I'm sure most of you will like it as well.

All of this made the novel seem... adult. I can't describe it, really, but it kind of feels as if the writing of Suzanne Collins has finally fully grown up. This is a literary piece of world class. It's not children's literature anymore, not in the slightest.

It is thus far the best book I have read this year, which is very impressive considering that I read "Romance of the Three Empires" by Luo Guanzhong a few weeks ago.

I don't know wether people who were very into Katniss will like this book much. It might even be a disappointment. But for me, it's Suzanne Collins' magnum opus.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Alina D.
  • Alina D.
  • 03/07/2020

Great story, terrible reader

I don’t know what it is about the narrator that really irritates me. He sounds awfully monotone and the way he narrates the songs which make up a major part of the book just completely ruined it for me. I had a hard time focusing on the content because of this and I think I’ll buy the book and read it for myself instead because there’s a lot of details I missed.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Rebecca Damwerth
  • Rebecca Damwerth
  • 24/06/2020

Surprisingly good

I was pleasantly surprised how much the story drew me in, I didn't have high expectations as I didn't love the last of the original hunger games books that much. However, I really enjoyed this story, even though the ending feels a bit rushed. I agree with some other reviewers that some of the voices the speaker does are a bit over the top but it didn't bother me so much that I wouldn't listen to it. Overall a solid audiobook!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Kitvaria
  • Kitvaria
  • 29/05/2020

Not the narrator's fault,

but there were a lot of songs in this one, and having them read flat out was not much fun at times...
Aside from that it was very well narrated.

It's a great story that had me hooked early on gripped me to the end. The slow corruption of a young man was very well done and believable.