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)
Gripping. Entertaining. Brilliant.
Couldn't put it down until the end.
This book is well worth every penny.
The story was original and captivating.
Katniss of course. Her inexperiance is refreshing. Her courage is admirable.
Her voice relfected the scene. She seemed to enjoy reading the story herself.
When Rue and Katniss curled up in the same sleeping bag, deciding that they could trust one another, and simply fell asleep.
I wouldn't listen to it again, but I am ready to read the sequels, much to my surprise!
The imagery and the relationships that grew between the characters were intense. I could close my eyes and envision everything. I am very excited to see how the movie interprets the book.
It was easy to distinguish between characters and her voice set the mood for each scene. Extraordinary performance!
I think when little Rue died and Katness comforted her. So sad...
I love the way this story has you from the start. The way that Katniss takes her sisters place out of love for her and for her mother of which she tries to keep hidden. The emotion of the arena and the tributes that she comes to love and remember.
The characters and their love for each other. Seeing a girl overcome her fears and becomes changed even more by a ruthless president.
Monotone is the one and only word I can think of to describe her voice. The only saving thing for me and her reading this book was the fact that I love the story.
There were parts that made me cry. The part where Rue dies is the most memorable part of the book where I lose it everytime. Saying out loud Katniss you are crazy Peeta loves you can't you see that?
One of the best books I have read. It makes you think that even though most people think that what happened in this book could ever happen to this country could be our future if we do not think that decisions we make today make a difference. We should take more time to be involved when it comes to electing the leaders of this country.
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!
It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.
The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.
With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.
I liked the audio version just as much as the print version.
This story had unexpected twists and turns.
This is the first of this reader's performances I had listened to.
I listened to this with my 3 kids, ages 14, 13 and 11. The oldest had already read the book but was eager to listen to it with us. We had a very long drive from New York to Lake Placid and back, and the time just flew! The story had us all enthralled. The reader, however, was a big distraction. My 11 year old daughter took special exception to the way the narrator imitated a 12 year olds'
voice, making her sound like a 4 year old. My older boy, the one who had already read the book, would throw up his hands whenever she voiced the part of the central character, Katness. According to him, Katness is supposed to be a very tough, cool girl and the narrator made her sound like a girly dope. Having said that, the story itself is so strong that it was usually possible for me to get past the annoying quirks of the reader and stay enthralled.
Yes I would, the audiobook format makes it so relaxing to listen to such an awesome story, just pull out your iPod and plug in, listen and enjoy.
The best part about The Hunger Games is the sense of reality to the entire thing, this story seems very believable the way it is told, although so far into the future. the way the characters are developed brings them to life.
The scene where the Tributes surround the Cornucopia is probably the most intense and heart stopping scene out of any book I have ever read, so much action condensed into 60 seconds of life or death.
The Hunger Games, it's the perfect line already.
This book was so good, I could not stop listening. Can't wait to hear the next books.
Catniss of course
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