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)
Music and book connosieur
While I liked the story, it was a little depressing. The reason I gave it 4 stars was for two reasons. I did not especiallly like the reader and I really did not like Katness very well. It was worth listening and the second book made up for some of the negativity I felt for the first one.
Love it and just got the second one! Was a skeptic at first but it wasn't boring for a second! Good book, love the reader! Carolyn McCormic does great when she narrates or appears on Law and Order :). Story is unique and gripping too!
When my son came home from school with this book for his English Lit class, he told me how "awsome" the story was. He does not like to read. I downloaded the Kindle version and read it and fell in love with the charactures and their struggles. I enjoyed it so much, I had to get the audio version so my husband can understand what we are all talking about. He blazed theough the story in 2 days. Thank you to the writer, publishers, and narrator for finally giving my family a great story to talk about and discuss. We have recently completed all 3 books in the series and I have to call this a must have trilogy. It opens up discussions and concerns that interest everyone who dares read the story.
I very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.
That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.
I forced myself to listen to the whole book but I still don't understand what all the hype is about. There is absolutely nothing new here - it is highly derivative of many other older novels (admittedly combined in a somewhat new way). I found myself predicting pretty close to exactly how scenes were going to play out long before they occurred.
In summary, it's not bad but there's nothing here to justify the hype.
Loved every minute of it (after the first 5, when I figured out what was going on). couldn't put it down. Worth every minute of time!
I was on the edge of my seat while I was driving to Maine listening to this book! It was incredible!! The only bad part was that it had to end.
I'm a 49 year old reader and longtime audible books listener. I like a little of everything but really enjoy dark (Stephen King), taut (John Grisham) and classic stories (Steinbeck). I'm no "Harry Potter" fan though I respect the series and can see why many "adults" enjoy them.
I was a little hesitant to purchase this book because of the references to "young adult". I've read a couple of these before and have been none too impressed.
"The Hunger Games" caught my attention just recently. I had no idea what a phenomenon it has become. I literally just stumbled upon it while looking for a way to spend my credit. I thought the premise tantalizing.
I was not disappointed. What a terrific story. The characters are very lifelike and the situation they find themselves in does not seem as implausible as one might think given the steady decline of morals and our nation's perplexing fascination with Reality Television.
In fact, the "young adult" aspect of the book worked very well for me. I get bored with violence, sex and profanity that seems to pepper every "hit". It seems gratuitous in most cases. The subtle, young-adult-appropriate nature of these tools was refreshing and did not distract from a very tense, interesting and surprising page turner. I think this shows great talent. It's like the comedian who can make you bust a gut without resorting to blue humor. That is the hallmark of a true artist, imho.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not some right-wing moralist who rails against everything blue or unsavory. I love Tarantino movies, for instance, because he uses these tools with great artistic effect. I just find Colins restrained treatment of a plot that could have been very "ugly" refreshing and well done. Today is my Credit Day and I'm going straight from here to get the second novel in this trilogy. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.
This is seriously one of the best books (and series) that I have ever read. I listened to the entire series over the course of 5 days--neglecting everything because I just could not get enough. I am not normally a scifi reader. But this was not farfetched at all. In fact, it had so many disturbingly familiar themes.
The narration was great.
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!
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
"Surprisingly I actually preferred the movie!"
Probably not-I loved the book itself but I absolutely hated Carolyn McCormicks narration,it really grated on my ears and brain and made it hard work to listen to.Luckily I downloaded this on a Kindle Unlimited trial and did not actually pay for it.If I had I would most probably have asked for a refund.
Loved everything about the story itself.
Nothing ,she is a narrator I am pretty sure I will try to avoid.
No -maybe with a different narrator I might.
"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.
"A great audiobook"
I wasn't sure what to expect but I've found this audiobook to be very well written by the author, read beautifully and also quite addictive! I would recommend it to anyone.
"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.
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