Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
©2008 Suzanne Collins; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc.
"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading." (Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight)
"I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." (Stephanie Meyer)
"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." John Green, (New York Times Book Review)
Don't believe the naysayers; Carolyn McCormick's performance is perfect. I’m not sure why some of the reviewers listed here, criticized her reading of the book; they didn’t explain it very convincingly. I can say that I enjoyed her performance from the beginning of Hunger Games to the end of Mockingjay. Her inflections, pacing and oral depiction of the various characters was spot-on. I’d like to say she made a good book better but this book was great to start with and her performance kept it so.
v e r y n i c e . Wonderful. Absolutely.
All are favorite characters.Real Good.
I got this book because all my kid could do was talk about seeing the movie. I decided in two days to listen to the book. Having read the book before seeing the movie I tell you to see the movie after the book. The movie tries to play up the drama and sensationalize the story line instead of telling it (old adage sex & war sells news & movie tickets). I was told by someone at the theater that the movie crosses into the second book a little which may spoil it. Either way if you like the 'Running Man' by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) you will like this book. It starts out fast and keeps going through the entire book. I've now started book two and I will see how long it takes me to get through it. This book also relates to what's going on in the world with governments lying to us about the true state of things. The interaction between the characters is true interactions between teens and learning to become adults. Learning to deal with their emotions, so they can understand them and not ignore them. The story is also true about teens bonding together and running a muck without parental over-site to teach right from wrong.
This is an excellent listen overall. Gaps in the storyline aren't answered in the series (I'm on the last of the last set). For example, if someone living in a starving district has
A lot of action; characters grow at a nice pace, being sympathetic without slipping into drippy; you get a nice mental picture of the scenes.
I like how she can shift her voice into the character so that you can recognize the person immediately. What I don't like is the whispy voice she uses for Katniss, and the uber stress that seems to be in every thing Katniss thinks or says - very little is mundane which looses the impact of the honestly serious stuff.
Nope, just enjoyed it.
Perhaps it is a mistake to listen to an audiobook one has read in print. While my 6th grade son and I enjoyed the story, we were both unhappy with McCormick's narration. She reminded us both of text book narrators. My son, who had not previously read the book in print, asked if he could please not finish the audiobook and borrow my print copy.
I would read this book before listening to it again.
The narrator's voice was too old to be playing a 16-year-old and she has this weird, Madonna-esque affectation.
ten miles out to sea
Without revealing any plot: I give credit for an unpredictable ending, but it lacked payoff. It didn't commit to either an emotional or political stance. It just kind of wimped out, which made me reluctant to read the next book.
Her voice randomly emphasized words in sentences that didn't make sense to me, and distracted me from the plot. I disliked this narrator compared to others I've heard in audiobooks but this could just be my personal taste. I think I dislike female narrators which seems personal and unfair.
I went in knowing there were two more books published.
I went into this book knowing it was very popular, had two sequels published and a movie coming out soon. I didn't like the narrator but the plot held me and was original enough to keep me interested. The female lead character impressed me. The book touched on political and emotional topics worth pursuing, but didn't commit, and this disappointed me especially in a young adult book. I'm interested to see if the movie changes improve on this.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
Yes, an adult recommended this book, I would even call this person very grown up (these titles not being equal in my opinion) and responsable. So I can only infer that our tastes are quite different. Therefore my review of this book and the small portion of the second in the series that I could force myself to listen to, is of course only my opinion. And we all know about opinions, and opinions are not like elbows.
I thought the book was childish to the point of a fourteen year olds daydream. The heroine, and all the rest of the characters were shallow and seemed to be only partly developed, again it felt like I was reading some adolescents daydream.
The narrator spoke in baby talk, I'm sorry I hate writing that, but that's what it felt like. Maybe the narrator felt she was telling the story to children, and maybe that's the whole problem I have with the book. It's a kids book. If you don't want to read a dopey kids book, use your credits on something else.
Reading with no hands!
Wow! What a creative mind Suzanne Collins has! To have woven this story of a future world that has created a perpetual punishment as payback for a past uprising and revolt, is just too fantastical to believe. Yet, we have the Hunger Games-a systematic and gruesome duel to the death.
Through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, we experience first hand the wonder, marvel, horror and desperation of tributes that represent each of the twelve districts of Panem (the country which has evolved from the ruins of America). While my five star rating reflects how much I was drawn into the story and the plot's ability to keep me engaged, I am ashamed to admit the depraved, and inhumane premise of the story could capture my attention so thoroughly while simultaneously repulsing me with its wickedness.
But, enough about my internal conflict. The real story is found in the characters. The hopeless helplessness of their plights linger long after they're gone. The innocence and single-mindedness seem entirely appropriate given the circumstances. The blossoming romantic conflict adds a strand of tension that provides relief when your nerves are frayed by the deluge of gore and grit. Wishing for an outcome that we know is impossible keeps us on the emotional roller coaster that is the glue to this series.
Because, of course, the story doesn't end when the competition finishes, we know that there will be more. While we know the victor, we don't know if the promised bright future is really as gleaming as the games producers promise. If you love fantasy and drama intertwined with the bravery and introspection of the young, the Hunger Games will certainly exceed your expectations!
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