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 was skeptical of this trilogy because of the genre classification. (It's the same reason I was one of the later converts to the Harry Potter series.) A couple of minutes in, I was hooked. The characters are complex and relatable, while the political parallels are intriguing and enduring. I cannot stop thinking about this series. Carolyn McCormick skillfully narrates all three books, and since I finished them one after the other as quickly as I could listen to them, all three novels merged into one arching tale. Listen to this book; you will not regret it.
The book itself was marvelous, amazing pacing and intriguing setting, the writing just pulling you in at once. Katniss is a very likable character right off the bat, and the moral and personal struggles she faces throughout the book, along with the constant question of whether or not a sense of self can be retained under the watch of an entire nation, creates many interesting dramatic moments and tensions.
I am, however, not entirely satisfied with the reading. It was a good reading, but I feel that the particular choice of McCormick does not go well with the book. It sounded like Katniss' mother reading her story; the voice lacked the necessary youth and vigor for the job. Yells and screams seemed forced and pinched, like produced while under pressure to not disturb others. The many voices of the male characters were rather indistinguishable, or only slightly different. For instance, Cinna and Peeta both shared a deep, calm (and slightly maternal, might I add) voice that sometimes made it hard to tell them apart.
Another thing I would've enjoyed would be a difference between the voice used for a dialogue, for a thought, or for plain narration. I know Katniss would be the speaker in all of these situations, but McCormick didn't exactly make an effort in separating the three with different tones, making it difficult at times to decide when narration ended and when dialogue or thought began.
It ranks in the top 5
I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!
Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!
The book moved me!
New to audio books, but this book is soo awesome! Great narrator, great story.
Wondering whats going to happen next. the (spoiler alert) love story.The details, and the sadness and the hope. Great visuals for the forest, fires, love, mistrust, and love Katness is surrounded by, but doesn't see.
Prob. the heroes getting ready with stylists and or Katness and a girls death scene. I don't want to spoil any thing :)
Death scene, everything, was sad to see it end. Cant wait for #2!
if you only get one credit a month like me, get this book. The movie will be out soon and you'll want to listen to this b4 it comes out! I really really liked this book!!!!!
Great book. Full of action and unpredictable twists. Grabs your attention and doesn't let it go.
I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this is a great one. It rates up there with some of the best audiobooks I've listened to - I just wish it had been longer! But I've just started listening to the sequel so it's all OK...
I like the subtlety of how Katniss's attractiveness is portrayed - you get the feeling a bunch of guys are besotted with her, but that she's completely clueless about it. She's never described in great deal (which is fitting, given it's written in the first person from her perspective, and she's not at all focused on her looks or possible romantic entanglements), so you can only judge by other people's reactions to her. She seems unable to comprehend the idea that anyone (let alone lots of men!) could be in love with her. It's very endearing - albeit kinda frustrating too, because of how things pan out with Peeta.
I love Peeta - he may not be as impressive as Katniss, but he's a genuinely honourable and likeable character.
There were several points where I could see Katniss's feelings for Peeta growing and thought she was going to admit she'd fallen for him... but it never quite happened. I was always waiting for it!!
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.
From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.
This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.
This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.
There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.
I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.
Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.
I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.
I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.
I finished this first book now I am on to the second of this series. I didn't want the story to be over. The audio draws you into the story. It is a must.
This was a very interesting story from the start. The characters were very believeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Enjoyable being read to.
That what you were waiting for doesn't happen, something totally different does, I couldn't out think his one.
She recognized evil was repeating itself and she defeated it. Damn the outcome, you go girl!
Mostly a sigh of relief. And an understanding of living beyond loss.
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.
"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!
"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.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
"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.
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.
"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.
Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I
"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!
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