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 am a mother of 16 yr old twins..Mikael&Miranda. My kids think I am a big dork listening to my books. I love to read but its nice to read twice as many books and listen while working.
I loved it, I usually listen to the same music on my android while working. I am a vender so I am in and out of different stores for 8-10 hrs twice a week. I got my first book last week and finished about 3/4 of it. I am a full-time student right now so I don't have time to read any of my books that I was reading about 3-4 a week. I can't wait to download my next book!! Although, I think I need change my monthly credit 1 is just not enough!!!
No I haven't but am looking forward to more.
People who are numb to senseless violence.
Reader didn't get inthe way
About half of the deaths. I skipped about six of them. Boring and depressing.
I get the point about reality television in the extreme. I am seriously concerned if this is typical of YA books.
I'd recommend this book only for the sake of taking it as a trilogy. This first book has countless little storytelling problems, with really bothered me after having read some very respectable science fiction authors.
McCormick's performance becomes better by the 3rd book, where I was consciously aware of how she was truly adding to the emotion intended by the author. But this first book makes a 16 year old girl sound 12. This is probably because the character is written to behave as if she's 12 sometimes. I could probably handle the writing or the narration, but not both :)
Also, the Haymitch character is fundamentally a drunk, but McCormick reads him as if he's perpetually wielding a bottle in his hand. I felt like this was a pretty silly interpretation of his character. She's always slurring his words and stuff, even when it's completely illogical that he'd be again drunk right then and there.
The story is an interesting one, but a number of things ultimately bothered me in this first book. For example, it's really not until partway into the second book that the reader gains any actual understanding of the Districts themselves and the technology levels their world consists of. The author just doesn't throw you any bones in the first book, so you're trying to reconcile things like coal miners and hunting and shabby town squares with mandatory TV broadcasts and lethal hovercraft. I feel that it works out in the end, but it's not really thanks to the first book in any way.
The author also has this ridiculous method of making you feel like she didn't plan the story out in advance, so details about the main character's father, her past, and the fundamental setting of the world are all left out until she wants to fill story out during a contemplative moment for the main character. I feel that a more sturdy foundation for the story would be to lay down all of the details early on, and then trust the reader to be invested enough into the story to pay attention and to connect the story points as she tells tells them. As it is, going through this book is like listening to somebody tell a story that they forgot to set up as they went. It can hardly be called
Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.
Ii enjoyed this story enough to buy the sequel. It is not great literary writing, but a very good story. I thought the narrator did a fine job. I'm not sure why so many listeners did not like her. The plot is thought provoking but not preachy.
This is not heavy listening. Because it is intended for young adults, I think the writer aimed the style and vocabulary at a particular education level. It is not in the category of a novel like Cutting for Stone, for example. Still, I didn't feel the writer dumbs it down at all. It's just not a big mental work out. That's okay sometimes.
She did a good job with it.
It took me a few days but not because it wasn't compelling.
I'm one of those people who, despite dissatisfaction with a book, will not only finish said book but will often continue on to complete the series. I'm a completest (see
Hunger Games was one of my favorite audiobooks so far
I really liked the main stylist for Katniss.
She gets so into her voices for her characters you forget it's the same person talking for each one!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this audio book.
Ordinary extraordinary human
When Katniss steps in to take her sisters place knowing that her sister would not survive.
The bravery shown is extraordinary. The fact that the heroine is a girl and that she uses her intelligence to outsmart many of her adversaries is inspiring.
My son and I read this book -- we could not put it down. We were done with it and started the second book before the weekend was over.
Original ideas, I can always get behind people fighting for freedom from human monsters.
Darkness and heaviness of the book, disreguard for human life
no, she seems to shove her ideas down your throat, characters dont evolve, they just keep going through the same circle
She was great
not listen to any more Suzanne Collins books
This was my first Audible and it was excellent. I listened to it as I walke don the treadmill.Great Story
Catnis. I fell in love with this humble brave character.
Narrators Im told make or break even a good story. Wise choice. Dynamite voice.
A greta book to read at the beginning of Lent.
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