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)
I chose to listen to this story rather than read it because I just don't have time to read all the stuff I want to read, and this seemed to be a fast and enjoyable story. I did like the story a lot. But I must say I was disappointed by the reader. The main character, Katness, is a 16-17 year old girl, but the reader sounds like she's about 50 or 60. One would think this doesn't matter, it's just a reader...but that this book is written in first person present, it's jarring to hear an older woman with a hint of a British accent reading for a 16 year old girl. Especially considering that the book contains a great amount of bloody violence, the reader's mature poise just seems.....wrong.
Fantasy made current.
When katniss is going to eat the berries.
Carolyn is a wonderfully talented reader that breaths life into these books.
The girl who was on fire.
This is a strong story but the reading leave and pros are a bit simplistic. But it is defiantly candy reading.
It was a great story. Kept me wondering what was going to happen.
I like science fiction, and the idea of a weird twisted post-apocalyptic future.
This was my first audio book, so I don't know what to expect when listening to a book. Carolyn put a lot of feeling into the reading. I really enjoyed the job she did.
Yes, I could hardly get anything else done.
Thank you for a GREAT first experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audible version of The Hunger Games. I found myself carrying my kindle with me everywhere from the car to the inside of my coat so I could listen while walking. I shared the audio version with my eleven year old daughter who had read the book and she never wanted to stop listening. Carolyn McCormick gave life to the characters and created a Panem and voices different from ones I had envisioned but ones that are now engrained in my mind. We have just purchased he next book in the trilology on audio and are fighting over who gets to listen first. If only this version was available on the Kindle Fire. That would be my one (-) but really it dosn't count.
Any scene when Katniss shows true emotion for Peeta rather than her typical fight or flight mentality. I think that it is only when she removes those walls and allows herself to be a girl rather than a girl who must be the provider (male figure as is her role in her family) that the true Katniss appears. I believe that she indeed loves Peeta but dosn't know what this love thing is about. I cried in the scene when Rue died and Katniss sang to her and district 11 sent her a loaf of bread. I found the mutant tribute dog clones to be freakish. I did love the first true kiss when she tingled.
I did not care for the voice of Peeta when he was ill as his voice was scratchy.
These Hunger Games they say in the Capitol of Panem
When Katniss volunteered as a tribute.
Yes, Carolyn made the reading/listening experience even more fun. She personified the different characters with her voice. Love her accent too.
I have listened to the book TWICE. Absolutely addicting, well read and written, some sections are quite moving
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - addictive, exciting, page turner
Yes, there were moments where I would not leave the car just so I could get in a few more minutes.
The Hunger Games is in the top 5 of all of the audiobooks I've
The characters a so well developed and you just know them. The story line and all of the small details are amazing.
I have never listened to Carolyn McCormick before, but I couldn't imagine this story without her. She did an incredible job.
This is just a great story.
Single mom of two BEAUTIFUL girls and working full time. Never enough hours in the day for myself. Loving Audible!
At first I was a little leery because the narrators voice sounds a little old to be reading as a 16year old girl. I eventually got used to it and moved on. This book was amazing! There is not a dull moment and it keeps you wanting more. The end leaves you yearning for the next book with its cliffhanger. I’ve already downloaded the next two books and am lost in them as well. Great Book and Great Series! I’ve already recommended them to all my friends!
I finally went to the printed version of this book. I could not take the narrator. She was monotone and made the story boring. I had friends that raved about the book, and listening to it I couldn't figure out what the fuss was about. Once I started reading the printed version and able to put emotion into the reading, the story was actually good.
I have read other books of this genre, and not opposed to them. Not my favorite genre, but I read it because so many of my other friends raved about it.
Anyone that has more spark to read a story like this. Has to have more emotion rather than just sounding like she is reading the book aloud.
"The Hunger Games"
The narrators voice is incredibly annoying, not enough emotion in her voice at all. Very flat and grating. Such a shame as there is over 10hours of her talking but I'm not sure if I can listen to the whole book!! Great story ruined by the narrator who puts no passion into her narrating. Such a shame, very disappointed.
I never did understand the need to squeeze book (or any other media or art form) into genres such as 'Young Adult' or 'Teen'. I am 48 years old and thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series. A such is the same for The Hunger Games. A well written (and in this case narrated) book I have just finished Part 1 of the Audio Book and am looking forward to the second part.
"Brilliant & addictive."
I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.
I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.
I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.
"Loved the book so much more than the Film"
It was the publicity surrounding the release of the DVD that got me interested in listening to this book, What a great decision that was, the book is very well read and had me gripped from the moment it began.
I sped through the story in a couple of days, it was a truely captivating with the characters coming alive in the mind.
The story of poverty and oppression has been done before but this seemed so refreshing to have it done so well, I am really looking forward to the second and third books that I also have downloaded from Audible.
Today I watched the DVD and whilst it was enjoyable it did not do the book justice.
But this is a review of the book and as such it is a 5 star cracker of a story.
"good book shame about the reader"
I enjoyed the story but didn't like the reader. Very unconvincing when she had to do male voices. Also a lot of mispronounciation even allowing for the differences in American and English. Would have been better to have had several readers. Am not going to listen to the sequels for this reason. Have bought them on Kindle.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it, I have listened to over 100 books and would rate this in my top 5!
"Great book, robotic reading."
This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!
This was the best book I have listened to in a year (and I listen to a lot). The scenario was well described and story moved along at a sharp pace. The plot was unpredictable and interesting. Recommended.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I
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