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)
Yes, it was a fast paced read and was thrilling yet character development was good. Would recommend to everyone.
I was emotionally involved in this book and could not stop listening. I wanted to laugh and cry.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Although you will find so many links to other storyline such as the Twilight saga... there's such a powerful critic to capitalism and even a warning message on what entertainment might lead us to... I loved it.
This book incorporates a number of tropes from a number of very interesting previous works. The game feels an awful lot like The Truman Show in its production and distribution. Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" seems to have inspired the selection process. While this may seem a negative, it shows an ability for Collins to take used tropes and reinvent them for her own purposes. The descriptive language is not overwrought and for the most part she avoids awkward societal elements that would come across as unbelievable. It is daring in it's presentation of violence acted out by and acted upon adolescents.
The first, and perhaps the biggest flaw of this work, is that the daring presentation of violence acted out by and acted upon adolescents seems to lend itself more toward playing up the romantic aspects of the novel rather than focusing on the delivery of a deeper theme. Though the main character talks much about the psychological and emotional aspects to the flawed societal construct, the author misses the opportunity to make the story a true commentary on human nature, and rather makes the story a commentary on the confused notions of adolescent romantic notions. The book begins to bear a disturbing resemblance to Survivor, or Big Brother. There are times when the story telegraphs too clearly coming plot twists. There are changes in the game that feel like soft plot manipulation and the end of the story does an emotional hairpin turn that fails to provide a sense of cohesion between the ending of the story and the vast majority of its plot line.
A worth-while read with some minor flaws. I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the series.
Kensington Author of romantic suspense
nothing campares to this book, very orginial, great hook
while I liked her performance, her voice was a little old for the role
Just another twenty-something who listens to books instead of interacting with the outside world.
I love this book more than I can even hope to describe. The commentary on the way our world is heading is haunting and effective. The sheer amount of senseless cruelty is what makes this book so frightening and real. My only problem with this audio book is Carolyn McCormick, I really wish they would have gotten the woman from Winter's Bone and Divergent to read this. McCormick's voice just sounds too old for the majority of the character's especially Katniss. She did well with Effie and the others from the Capitol, but her voice was too proper to be realistic for a teenager from the Appalachian region. That doesn't mean I am saying I wanted the full on southern accent that the region is known for, seeing as this would be hundreds of years from now and the accent would probably be less prevalent, but I feel that at least a bit of it would remain, like the sound of the a's and i's. I feel like the people of District 12 would sound much more rugged, and most of them would probably have black lung from working the mines. At some points, McCormick almost sounded British, which really bugged me. I'm sure she is a great narrator, but I don't think this book was a good fit for her voice. Other than that I loved the book, but I kind of wish I had read it instead of listened.
Yes the book is original and the story interesting
The originality of the story line
Yes. The story makes you think. What would I do? Can a single person make a difference?
Rue - small and resourceful what more could you ask for.
Just the other Hunger Games novels and she was good throughout.
Yes. When I first started to listen to it I was running in the gym and I almost cried. From then I couldn't get enough.
My mother thought it was too bloody. I have to agree I don't think is really a
This was a great book! One that you dont want to end - really interesting characters and great story. Premise is odd at first but the authors imagination is so good that you look past the horrendousness of the event that brings them there. I am not a kid - 42 Years old. I like Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, and the occasional best seller that is recommended to me so this had to be a good read for me to even write this comment! Get it - you will not be disappointed.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
The story gets you from the beginning. I can't wait to hear Part 2. Will definitely see the movie now.
Maybe the Harry Potter series. The books have a serious game in each one, full of twists and turns.
When Katniss is thinking about her sister and friend Gale back home with the thought that she may never see them again.
This book bristles with excitement. Descriptive in every detail you are going along Katniss's journey with her with every twist, turn and challenge she encounters.
I'm an avid reader who doesn't have much time to actually read, now that I am also a mom. Love that so many great books are on audio now!
I don't know since I did not read the print version, but the narrator was great.
Loved the developing of the relationship between Katniss & Peeta.
I felt like I could picture many of the characters well. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rhu, Hamich...it's hard to have a favorite!
There was certainly some horror at what the Hunger Games really are. It's an unbelievable thing to think about children enduring that.
Collins really paints their world and the characters well.
"Brilliant & addictive."
I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.
I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.
I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.
"The Hunger Games"
The narrators voice is incredibly annoying, not enough emotion in her voice at all. Very flat and grating. Such a shame as there is over 10hours of her talking but I'm not sure if I can listen to the whole book!! Great story ruined by the narrator who puts no passion into her narrating. Such a shame, very disappointed.
I never did understand the need to squeeze book (or any other media or art form) into genres such as 'Young Adult' or 'Teen'. I am 48 years old and thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series. A such is the same for The Hunger Games. A well written (and in this case narrated) book I have just finished Part 1 of the Audio Book and am looking forward to the second part.
"Great book, robotic reading."
This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!
"Loved the book so much more than the Film"
It was the publicity surrounding the release of the DVD that got me interested in listening to this book, What a great decision that was, the book is very well read and had me gripped from the moment it began.
I sped through the story in a couple of days, it was a truely captivating with the characters coming alive in the mind.
The story of poverty and oppression has been done before but this seemed so refreshing to have it done so well, I am really looking forward to the second and third books that I also have downloaded from Audible.
Today I watched the DVD and whilst it was enjoyable it did not do the book justice.
But this is a review of the book and as such it is a 5 star cracker of a story.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it, I have listened to over 100 books and would rate this in my top 5!
"good book shame about the reader"
I enjoyed the story but didn't like the reader. Very unconvincing when she had to do male voices. Also a lot of mispronounciation even allowing for the differences in American and English. Would have been better to have had several readers. Am not going to listen to the sequels for this reason. Have bought them on Kindle.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
This was the best book I have listened to in a year (and I listen to a lot). The scenario was well described and story moved along at a sharp pace. The plot was unpredictable and interesting. Recommended.
"Great book, disappointing audiobook."
Let me begin by saying that Suzanne Collins' novel is incredible! I really enjoyed reading the whole trilogy; however, my disappointment came when I purchased this audiobook for friends to listen to on a long car journey. The reader has a clear and strong voice and I'm sure is very suited to other texts, but not appropriate for The Hunger Games. She reads the text very slowly almost as if she is reading a recipe. It's incongruous with the pacy, first person, present tense narrative of the Hunger Games. There was just no drama or tension being developed in the way it was read. I do not want to sound overly critical of the reader, but as I said: disappointing.
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