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)
This was a great trilogy. The story is linear, without many distractions. You get into the action quickly. I will note that there are some gruesome scenes, but that does not take away from the story. The collection is very well written and the performance was great. I would recommend these to anyone.
This listen is an easy recommendation. Suzanne Collins' book easily goes beyond the teenage or pre-teen audience that it seems to be marketed to. At 44 years old and having children in the direct market, I wanted to try
Primarily, McCormick doesn't turn the reader off with any hallow affects or try to make the story about her narration. In fact it is her ability to weave voice into the story in such an understated fashion that the listener can hear the Collins' characters developing and thoroughly enjoy the story without becoming turned off by the narration. McCormack's perfect enunciation and lack of pretense in her own purpose comes through so easily that the listner is able to comfortably allow her to bring each character to life in their own voice.
The story and narration were excellent! Because of this book, I got my Audible All Nighter badge. I couldn't stop until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. Bought the 2nd book soon after.
Most definitely, I'm certain that there are details I missed and I loved the narrator's tone of voice and expression.
To Kill a Mockingbird because of the similarities of a dire and helpless situation. I enjoy stories where good is conflicted with evil, and all is not as it seems.
No, but I just ordered the next two books in the series...so I am looking forward to the time spent with her voice!
When Rue was killed. Enough said.
This was an amazing book, my daughter, a sophomore in high school and avid reader, recommended it to me. I loved it!
The story line had me hanging on each word. I could not wait for those times in my vehicle because that is where i listened most.
So Suzanne Collins is no Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, or ...*coughs...Richard Bachman, but The Hunger Games was pretty sweet, I've always enjoyed the concept of characters reacting in response to observation.
Collins has written a story about a society gone amok. It's filled with interesting characters and a story line that kept me interested enough to have listened to this several times. Well worth the money.
You're not sure at first but then you really feel for her and you don't want to stop llistening to it. Great book and the narrative also.
The best narration I've heard. I felt like I was in the arena! I dodged fire balls when Katniss did! My heart raced when hers did! Finished this one the day after I started & I'm downloading 'Catching Fire' as we speak. Don't pass this book up.
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