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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. :(

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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”

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  • 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.

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  • 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..

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • joule1998
  • 07/10/2020

Sprecher ist sehr monoton

Sprecher sehr monoton, Buch ist nicht wirklich spannend. Habe mehr von einem Prequel erwartet. Ein paar Dinge waren aber ganz nett.

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  • T.Heermann
  • 29/09/2020

Gutes Prequel!

Die Geschichte ist spannend erzählt. Collins schafft es wieder hervorragend, Personen zu zeichnen und diese mit Leben zu füllen. Kleines Manko ist der Sprecher. Zwar macht er den Erzählteil sehr ordentlich, bei den Songs hat seine monotone, unmelodische Art einen ziemlich hohen Nervfaktor.

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  • Keysword
  • 26/08/2020

Loved it

I really enjoyed this, far more than I expected I would. Definitely worth checking out, though getting used to the narrator really is a struggle.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 25/08/2020

Great story!

I was afraid it wouldn't be as good as the hunger games trilogy but I loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18/08/2020

sehr spannend

spannend und super geschrieben das Ende war etwas rushed aber ich bin echt beeindruckt freu mich schon auf die Verfilmung