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 very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.
That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.
I forced myself to listen to the whole book but I still don't understand what all the hype is about. There is absolutely nothing new here - it is highly derivative of many other older novels (admittedly combined in a somewhat new way). I found myself predicting pretty close to exactly how scenes were going to play out long before they occurred.
In summary, it's not bad but there's nothing here to justify the hype.
Loved every minute of it (after the first 5, when I figured out what was going on). couldn't put it down. Worth every minute of time!
I was on the edge of my seat while I was driving to Maine listening to this book! It was incredible!! The only bad part was that it had to end.
I'm a 49 year old reader and longtime audible books listener. I like a little of everything but really enjoy dark (Stephen King), taut (John Grisham) and classic stories (Steinbeck). I'm no "Harry Potter" fan though I respect the series and can see why many "adults" enjoy them.
I was a little hesitant to purchase this book because of the references to "young adult". I've read a couple of these before and have been none too impressed.
"The Hunger Games" caught my attention just recently. I had no idea what a phenomenon it has become. I literally just stumbled upon it while looking for a way to spend my credit. I thought the premise tantalizing.
I was not disappointed. What a terrific story. The characters are very lifelike and the situation they find themselves in does not seem as implausible as one might think given the steady decline of morals and our nation's perplexing fascination with Reality Television.
In fact, the "young adult" aspect of the book worked very well for me. I get bored with violence, sex and profanity that seems to pepper every "hit". It seems gratuitous in most cases. The subtle, young-adult-appropriate nature of these tools was refreshing and did not distract from a very tense, interesting and surprising page turner. I think this shows great talent. It's like the comedian who can make you bust a gut without resorting to blue humor. That is the hallmark of a true artist, imho.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not some right-wing moralist who rails against everything blue or unsavory. I love Tarantino movies, for instance, because he uses these tools with great artistic effect. I just find Colins restrained treatment of a plot that could have been very "ugly" refreshing and well done. Today is my Credit Day and I'm going straight from here to get the second novel in this trilogy. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.
This is seriously one of the best books (and series) that I have ever read. I listened to the entire series over the course of 5 days--neglecting everything because I just could not get enough. I am not normally a scifi reader. But this was not farfetched at all. In fact, it had so many disturbingly familiar themes.
The narration was great.
riveving and i could not stop lestening, i had to do the hole series and cold not stop. excellent story after the first 30 min of just the first book of 3.
I was getting tired of too many people telling me this trilogy was so good. I ended up at a dinner of 6 and being the only one to not read this. You're probably in that position as well.
It's great, Collins has a narrative knack, and Carolyn McCormick delivers a first-class reading of her material. Gripping, excellent character development, struggle, action, drama, it's all in here.
Will be checking out the rest of the trilogy.
I never write reviews, simply because I can never seem to be as clever as all my fellow audible listeners who review regularly. But with this book, I just had to write something. I'm not normally a fan of young adult lit, but Suzanne Collins is really on to something here. Her story is incredibly appealing to adults because the plot is complex, full of intrigue, has a political and moral message, plus there is lots of romance, futuristic speculation, and enough blood and guts to scare away any adolescent teeny-bopper! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! The narrator does a spectacular job, and in my opinion, she really makes this book a must-listen, not a must-read. All you men out there, don't be scared away by this book just because it was written by a woman and is considered young adult lit! You won't be sorry. My husband loved it, too.
An interesting story read by a sub-par reader. After hearing what can be done with excellent stories by the narrators of the Harry Potter or Song of Ice and Fire series, this was truly a disappointment. Read the book, skip the audiobook.
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