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)
Love, Courage, Survival
The way it was written and also the futuristic view of the world.
The moment Katniss and Peeta was the only ones left and the organizers just announced there will only be one winner. Katniss and Peeta was about to eat the poisonous berries but the jury stopped them and pronounced both as winners instead.
At the time Rue, the kid on District 11 died on Katniss' arms...
Love this book..it's a great choice. I've seen the movie and it was as good as the book itself as well..
In contrast to some of the other reviewers, I loved the performance of this book. I thought the narrator brought a sense of drama and urgency to the reading. The story itself is excellent for a Young Adult book! I can't wait to read the next installment.
This is my first audio book and I am hooked.
My sisters and I had to drive 6 hours to a funeral. We listened to this book all the way to and home from the funeral and the time flew by! Great way to make a long drive feel like several hours! This book was incredible! I actually laughed out loud and even cried! Highly recommend this book if you want to be entertained for 12 hours straight!
Quick listen, keeps you interested
Enjoyed listening to Katniss apply skills acquired through every day survival, watching as her cunning and urge to survive kicked in at various levels of the game.
Katniss followed closely by Peeta
Listen during a drive.
I did not want this one to end. I loved the way it just carried the listener along. There were very few slow spots and those were just long enough to allow you to catch your breath. Yes, it was written for teens so you have to accept a little bit of shallowness in the plot but as an adult, I find that refreshing sometimes.
The love scenes are awkward but they are meant to be. The fight scenes are less graphic than they may be if written for an adult audience which I prefer. Katniss is a little too smart and naive at the same time but just what a teenager might imagine a heroine to be. In this scenario however, it all boils down to great action that keeps you glued to your headphones. I literally finished this in 2 days.
I do think it was written with a screenplay in mind but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.
The narrator does a fine job with subtle but distinct voice changes for every character.
I am suggesting that my husband listen to this one next.
When the Katniss and Peeta are finally the last two tributes, the Gamemakers reverse the rule change in an attempt to force them into a dramatic finale, where one must kill the other to win. Katniss, knowing that the Gamemakers would rather have two victors than none, retrieves highly poisonous berries known as
Katniss and Rue
No, but I could have if I had the time. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop.
This is a very good read.
I had been told for over a year to read or listen to this book. I am always hesitant to read/listen to a book when I know a movie is being made about it as I think it takes a bit away from the storytelling if I know too much. The storyline also seemed to be something that didn't excite me enough to ever pick it up...I'm glad to say I was wrong. The writing let me imagine a fantastic adventure that I never saw coming. Thank you!
I think there are probably a few, but who can't love the main character here. Katniss or Catniss maybe...unsure how to spell it.
The audio was good. At times I wasn't crazy about the voice changes, but overall it was well done.
Plenty of moments to be moved by...plenty.
different narrator would've helped, but still wouldn't get it up to a 4 or 5 for me.
I just found the overall story uninteresting. I did not connect with any of the characters -- I tried the 2nd book in the series thinking I'll give it another chance for character development and better story....nope. Ditched the 3rd and moving on with my life. Waste of time listen for me.
I read this series a year or so ago and thought it would be fun to listen to the audiobook. The narrator does a pretty good job of ruining this book with her sing songy whiny voice. Every sentence has the same flow of pitch, from low at the beginning to a high whiny sound. May stop me from finishing. I was sad to see that she narrates the other two as well.
The author did a superb job on descriptions; surroundings, weapons and tools, people, and the costumes. It was so easy for me to visualize a place or a scent or a face. I know there has been lots of controversy about the subject matter, but at the end of the day, it's a story. That's why we choose a work of fiction, isn't it; we want a story? I absolutely loved this book and have since listened to the other two books in the series. This one is still my favorite.Carolyn McCormick had the perfect Katniss voice, in my opinion, and yet she was very believable in performing all the other voices (especially Effie and Hammish). Highly recommended.
Rue (sp?). She was so clever and resourceful and so forgiving. She had a lovely spirit.
Definately the emotion of the characters.
It made me grateful for my life.
Please forgive any misspelling of names - the only downside of an audio book.
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