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 page turner will keep you listening. Follow the female protagonist through a chilling tale of survival of the fittest. This novel will appeal to young adults as well as an older audience.
A young friend of mine (he is twelve) highly recommended this. I waited to listen to it thinking it was going to be too young. My mistake. Totally enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thanks Riley for turning me on to this one! I'm 53 and ordering book 2 today.
An interesting, can't put it down story. Good for any audience, except for graphic violence descriptions. Very well done. Excellent narrator. So glad there is more to come - it definitely leaves you wanting more.
This is a well written and narrated audio book, but it is in the end just a love story. My 24 year old daughter loved it and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series but I want be moving on to the next book.
Not sure how this book gets rated so highly. I LOVE the Big Brother sort of concept, but you have to deliver. The telling of the story falls short on so many levels. I felt nothing for the characters and believed none of their relationships. The story leads you along like a child and is painfully predictable. I did not believe they were hungry. I did not feel their pain. Nothing surprised me. I never felt they were in true danger. A parachute can appear at any moment after all. The boy's love for Catness started at age 5?? Come on. Falling for a hot little teenage body made more sense, but the author was obviously writing a clean, sappy teen romance novel for girls. It's the murder games theme that gets in her way.
What a "page turner". Best audio book I've listened to in a long time. Simple enough so you can multi-task a bit, but at the same time thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. (I'd give it 4.5 stars but don't seem to get the option of half stars)
Author of My Zombie Dog
Story is great, but the reader articulates it so slowly and without the emotional range, that it sounds like a Margaret Attwood literary novel. The narrator's pitch and formalilty slows the narrative down.
This is one of those rare stories I "couldn't put down." I usually listen to books on tape in the car, but, every once in a while a book demands to be heard from start to finish. I plugged in the headphones to listen straight through - clean the whole house top to bottom or take long walks until the end. Wonderful!
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