This time I tried the audio version. The narrator isn't the most dramatic, but it is still an engaging read. That is despite the fact that Katniss Everdeen is supremely dense, and is wrong about everything. Maybe I am looking at this with too adult eyes. She is however loyal and honourable, almost to a fault, and that is what makes her endearing.
The only other criticism I have about this book is that Collins almost completely ignores the viewing audience during the Games. Last time the characters actions were driven by the audience. This time it seems like Collins remembered the audience 3/4 of the way through the Games.
Still going to get the 3rd one.