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)
Wow! From the moment I started listening I could not stop!! I literally cancelled plans so I could stay home to finish this! At first I did not love the narraters voice, but it grew on me!
One of the best stories I've ever read/heard. The plot is incredible, the literature devine, and the performance unsurpassed. I enjoyed this so thoroughly that I never wanted it to end. I had to give myself some time to grieve over the end of the story and to say goodbye to characters I came to love.
Looked at this book for months and kept thinking I wanted to read this book but when I'd read about it I just couldn't imagine that I'd like it when it says kids are picked to fight to the death...well, it's a must read and you are taken in from the moment it starts. I have told 2 other people who ended up finishing the series before me and they were swept away. Put this one on the top of your list and read it before the movie comes out in March...can't wait for it all to come alive on the screen.
This a wonderful series. The reader was great not overly showy or too many weird voices.
All of it.
I'm not sure if I have heard her read before.
It only took me two days to finish it.
My son (38 years old biological age and 18 years old heart age) recommended this trilogy. I started reading this book and I called him and said "this is fantasy, you know that is not my cup of tea" and he said "go on reading for a while more and then decide". He was absolutely right. It is really difficult to put it down until you have read all three books. You can give it a different meaning as a metaphor for our current life or you can just enjoy it as a great story, which is what I did. EXCELLENT!!
The story itself is quite good, and I've been consistently impressed with both the pace and realism.
One of the best readings I've found on audible after 2 years of consistent listening.
I am always finding opportunities to listen and often catch myself making up excuses to throw on my headphones.
The ending killed me I wanted to scream when she didnt talk to gale before the book ended. I guess since it is a seriers she wanted to keep the suspense so you would read the second book. I have to listen to it know because im that aggrivated. I listen to this book in 1 straight car ride. I cant belive how it ended though. I really hope the second book is good. But everything before the ending was great and it kept me very interested.
The more I listened, the more I liked the characters. It's a great listen while you're knitting. I listen to YA books before I purchase for my teen granddaughter and this one is age appropriate for a 13 year old.
The most memorable moment was when Katniss sacrificed herself for her little sister.
I think there is an energy that you would miss if you read the book vs listen to it.
The premise of this book, that there is a world in which "Tributes" must fight to the death on reality television, really turned me off. However, a trusted friend LOVED it so I thought I would give it a chance. I am so glad that I did.
Even though the premise as stated above, is absolutely accurate, somehow, the story is so much more than would be implied by that simple statement. Part of that transcendence is the writing of the character Katniss Everdeen. Even though she is certainly flawed, her spirit allows the reader to experience the whole story with Katniss' gentle but firm calmness.
This is a book to be experienced more than once. Once, just for the story and at least one more time to savor the writing and the characters. The performance on this recorded book is excellent. The narrator, while not as adept at creating completely different voices for each character as some of the other narrators to whom I have listened, still draws the listener into the story to such a degree that I never missed the "voice" element. I can only hope that the movie version of the novel will create as compelling a world.
The fact that it was set in the future and that the core of the story relating to reality shows is plausible.
Katniss Everdeen because of her honesty and devotion to family.
She does a great job changing her voice from character to character.
Yes, I read the book at home and listened to it when I commuted in my car every chance I had. I it had been possible I would have read/listened to it in one day.
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