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 couldn't wait to listen. I loved the characters. the surprises. Such an amazing and exciting story. Narrator was ok, but she was annoying with the way she said Squirrel and Alive. She was too old to play Katniss and after the 3rd book in the series, I found her portrayal of Katniss made me almost want to kill Katniss myself.
But the story was great.
Martha G. Brady
CHILLING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, SURVIVOR
Without spoiling the story for you, the one I can tell you is when the main character takes her younger sister's place when her name is drawn to be in the Hunger Game that year. This
When the heroine of the story lets down her guard and makes some alliances. She was not one to trust others, yet in this dangerous environment, she found she needed to have help to survive. In one case, she worked hard to save the life of another more than once. There were some interesting twists and turns in the plot and she figured out how to outsmart her enemies in clever ways!
Her tender treatment of her first ally after she was killed by one of the enemies. This was never done in these games. It was another way she decided to show up the people in charge of the games...and put a human face to what was normally something very vicious.
This was a great story with interesting characters but the concept was very chilling. It is not the genre of book I normally read. I don't like futuristic books. This one came across more ordinary in many ways...just scary. It was closer to what we have only 50 yrs. or so in the future. There were too many aspects of this story that made it quite chilling. I'm not sure I want to see a movie of it. I think it would be too scary to see it in living color even though it wasn't as gory as it could have been!
I enjoyed hearing it on Audible. I could close my eyes and listen or listen to it while I was ironing or doing other things around the house.
I really enjoyed the story and I am waiting with anticipation to see the movie. However, I did not care for the narrator of this story, something about the way she spoke as the younger children just irritated me. I only wish I had had the time to read the novel for myself but thank you audible for making available for all to enjoy no matter how hectic our lives are!
I would not listen to it again only because I want to use the time to listen to something new.
Katniss, of course. She is so young and naive, so unaware of her innate stength, and who she is and who she could become.
My favorite scene is one of the earliest scenes, where she volunteers to be tribute in place of her beloved younger sister.
This book had the same effect on me as when I read about the Romans and the Gladiaters facing lions in the arena.
This book is thought provoking and captivating. I was almost angry though at the ending, very let down! Until I found a book review online and discovered it was the first in a trilogy. Should have realized that the
Story and writing is good. I found myself listening for hours. The reader is a bit slow so I listened on 1.5x speed all throughout the book.
Yes. It was entertaining from start to end. I loved it, and I think everyone would.
I liked that it came from the view of the lead character. It was obviously fiction, but was mostly a believable tale.
Carolyn had a strong voice, and I always knew which character she was speaking for.
I did shed a few tears when she sang a song while one of the characters were dying.
I chose this book based on the movie preview. The books are so amazing, I listened to all three in one week. I was so engaged the books had me laughing, crying and rooting for every character. Heck I was even talking back to the audio! I'm IN LOVE!!!
I would recommend this to anyone. I actually got it for my son for school, but I got caught up in it and loved it. I can't wait to read Catching Fire now.
Captivating from the minute it begins. Collins has a way of bringing the reader into this futuristic world with just enough hints of the present.
Loved the audio version of this book because I felt that Carolyn McCormick managed to make the character of Katniss become real to me. She also did a very job a portraying the personalities of the other characters.
Although the story line was similar to a few old classics like Shirley Jackson's
As stated above, she made the character of Katniss real to me while still giving personality to the rest of the story's characters.
No as I wanted to absorb some of the details before I went on to listen to the rest. This was a good thing.
This book isn't just of interest to the young adult audience that it was written for, it is a good story and therefore interesting to a wide variety of age groups.
"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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