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)
The story and the characters
I wanted but you need the time
This could be a great movie
Exciting. Fast. Heartfelt.
I am almost to the end of this book and am going to purchase the next in the series so I do not miss out on a trip. I was hesitant at first, wondering if this was another series of the
VERY creative! My 15-year old daughter got me to listen to this. Just downloaded the next books as well.
A fascinating twist on The Lottery, where the winner kills or gets killed. Almost like the draft.
Peeta was my favorite. As a man, I can relate to his unrequited love for Katniss. It was a wonderfully tragic love story.
She put me right into the story. It was like being there myself. A great performance!
Kill, or be loved?
For me, the mark of a great story is that I can't wait for part 2!
It is fast and vital When I finished listening to it I felt that it really had taken me somewhere.
This book reminds me of Phillip Pullman's young adult fiction; The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and so forth.
I had never heard an audio book read by a woman and it took an adjustment on my part as a listener but I became accustomed to it and appreciated it; the reader became part of the experience whereas with male-read stories I am essentially unaware of the reader.
A great listen while driving. The long drive flew by.
Rich voices--terrific vocal tones, pace, energy.
Catness receiving the bread from district 11
I listen to a lot of digital books--this is among the top 1%.
i like to sing!!!!!
I would listen to the hunger games OVER AND OVER AND OVER again.
I simply LOVE how the reader spells out every single detail, and is not monotone
like othe boring readers
i think that the most memorable part was where Peeta and Katniss were about to kill themselves, but they were stopped and annouced
I would have to say that i would have to pick Katniss, a skilled archer, and a good partner
YES!!! if i had that much free time i would be listening to the book right now!!!
but, unfortunately i don't... :-( ;-p...
I am SO excited about the movie, and the casting is excellent.
Now i have a question... TEAM GALE OR TEAM PEETA????
alright, i think i am done
but wait, theres more,
GO HUNGER GAMES!!!
This is my son's first audiobook experience, but he was hooked from the beginning! His friends were all talking about the book, but he was intimidated by the length. We made a deal that he had to follow along in the book and he has LOVED it! I read the book, but plan to listen to it again:)
The characters were very likeable and the story line was, unfortunately, plausible. What terrible beasts humans can be!
This book was Great! I loved the characters and i can't wait to read the next book catching fire! It was so entertaining. Really makes you feel for all the characters in the story
Muisc is Life
The Narrator is AMAZING. I loved this book. I've already listened to the series twice!
I haven't found a comparison. Each book in the series was stand alone good. I've never had a series captivate me like this one did.
No - this was my first. I will definately look up her others.
YES - I listened to the entire series within a week!
LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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!
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! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
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
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