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 plan to hand this book to my 10 year old step daughter. She will love this story.
My only regret about this book is that it didn't exist when I was a young adult.
The story is well developed. The heroine, Katniss, is the girl I often heard in my head while I was growing up and making decisions during tough times.
The setting is reminisce of Huxley's Brave New World. The games are the Olympics meet the Holocaust. I mean that. My caution to parents in around the violence. Is your child mature enough to watch Schindler's List? If so, it's probably safe to let them read this book.
I can't wait until my whole family gets the chance to read this so we can discuss it around the kitchen table!
My favorite character is Katniss.
I have, but I now identify her as the voice of Katniss.
Many parts in this book made me think. I felt compassion and empathy for the young people forced to kill one another by the government. I drew parallels to the society I already live in and these themes.
Great series, fast reads, can't put them down!
The part about the berries
Did not like her voice -- she sounds too old and hard.
I am looking forward to listening to the sequel.
AMAZING, thrilling, unexpected
The story never stops. It was fast paced and honest to human behavior. I loved every second.
Great narrator. I was able to get lost in the story
The excitement. I could hardly stop listening to it.
One of the best I've listen to
Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!
The Hunger Games moved along at a good pace and kept itself focused on a compelling character. Despite the character having some less than savory qualities, she is a character that keeps you interested in what happens next.
Although I have preferred male readers over female readers (Allyson Johnson left a bad taste in my mouth) Carolyn McCormick made each character distinctive without sounding like a five-year-old girl mimicking her father's voice and/or giving them an outrageous and out of place accent.
My reaction was one of surprise. I wanted to read it before the movie had a chance to ruin it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
The story is great, with a full range of interesting characters and moral dilemmas.
The performance was a total mismatch. This is an exciting story of young heroes and heroines defying the adults and the establishment--why did you have it read by an adult? This middle-aged woman was poor across the board--from the 12 year old Rue to the crusty drunk Hamitch, and definitely for our heroine Katniss. Couldn't you find some exciting young people to perform this for us?
I'm not sure I will listen to the other 2 books in the series. I will probably read them instead, since it is the same performer.
After the author gets to the actual Hunger Games, the story takes off like a rocket!
Simple, Catness, the main character is definitely the best. I found myself wanting to help her. I could really visualize her and her trials and tribulations.
First book I have read of hers, but I did just download the other 2 books.
When Roo dies, that was definitely moving.
Carolyn McCormick is the voice that turned me back on to audiobooks. I have a hard time not dosing off listening to others but not Carolyn. Her performance is wonderful throughout all 3 books. The life she brings to each individual character is amazing. I am so glad I gave this a try. I was not disappointed. I even had to up my membership to the next level so I could continue on with the series.
Absolutely had a very hard time turning this off!! I listened for hours on end, every chance I got!
I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
The Hunger Games series will steal your soul. These books are not just for YA listeners but for anyone interested in action. It kept my attention and I almost listened to the entire book in one sitting. Book 1 sets up the series but also has its own ending.
Middle-ish. Luckily I read the books before purchasing the audiobooks. I'm not sure I would have bothered to read the second two if I had listened to the audiobook first. See below for more details.
Everything. Well, they got one thing right, I guess...she's female. She is far too old to be Katniss. Mostly though the problem is the way she over-enunciates everything. There are two main effects: (1) it's odd and annoying because it's so unnatural. For example, she says
Yes with respect to the story. Definitely. The entire series is hard to put down.
If you hate the audiobooks, don't give up on the story. Make the effort to read the series if you can--it is well worth it!
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