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)
All I can say is that I was disappointed.... that it had to end!
I listened to all 3 audio books one after the other while driving to work and back. This is the first book(s) that I wanted to listen to outside of my daily commute. I would sneak in a few minutes here and there at home, because I was desperate to know what happened next to Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
The plot is brilliant - a world in the future where the "Capitol" forces the 12 existing regions to give up 2 of their children, 1 boy 1 girl, every year to participate in the elaborate "Hunger Games". The children are forced to compete to the death in this vicious and depraved annual event held to remind the rebels of the Capitol’s power.
I loved every second - a great story and a wonderful narrator!
Enjoyed this book. It is a combination of fiction and could be reality. The narrator was good and the story line was very good. I would recommend it.
Awesome book.... Really different kind of story line which I was not expecting. The narration was awesome. Had to read more from this author and read the Giver.. also a great book. Highly recommend.
I guess I am not this books prime audience, but I picked it up from a friends recommendation and honestly I don't get what everyone sees in it. The main character never grows by the end of the book. She is supremely stuck in whatever state she started in; not trusting anyone. What kills me the most is that she had so many opportunities to have a meaningful relationship with almost all the characters but she chose not to.
The hunger games themselves are a little lackluster. They outline these rules and it all boils down to a lottery to see if you will have to fight to the death. After that there is a whole system for gifts to the players, or tributes in this case. The whole thing seems mildly underwhelming for a society as advanced as the "capital" who you get the impression has total power over everyone, but rarely exercises that power.
There were some nice moments in this book, but all in all I don't think that it deserves all the praise it gets. Honestly at the end of the book I felt a little jipped that I had to waste a credit on it.
I was a little bit wary of this one and wasn't sure why i purchased it at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought it was both beautifully written and performed. I'm on to book two.
I usually don't read YA novels but this one was recommended to me. This is an excellent novel. It is well-written, the characters are realistic, the plot is engaging, and the cliffhanger leaves you anxious for the next novel.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice (I don't know, I thought she should have sounded younger), but I now can't imagine anyone else reading the novel.
If you love romance, there's a nice romantic plot. If you like adventure and action, there's plenty of that. If you like sci-fic, great book for you. If you like a novel that makes you think, you'll find plenty of that.
haven't read the print version.
great story. able to connect to characters and share the experiences.
the utter lack of privacy and the characters awareness of it. soemthing too often taken for granted in an electronic world.
was forced to get this book by my wife, for a long road trip. Normally I dislike her choices, however this book is very good. having listened to it I purchased the rest of the series. Great listen.
Since the filming of Hunger Games began out here in the mountains of NC, alot of the locals seem to have caught the HG fever. I decided to try out the audiobook for a change and I am sooo glad I did. I think that Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators I have ever heard! I just couldn't turn this audiobook off....I had to know what was going to happen next (I would never have been able to put the book down until I was finished if I simply read it). The personality and voice that she gave to each character was so unique that even my imagination wouldn't have done it that much justice in my head if I was simply reading it. This is why I love buying audible books. I'm looking forward to buying the next one on Audible. I warn you...save a credit for the next one because you will HAVE TO get it immediately after this one ends. It is THAT GOOD! I am addicted now. I love a trilogy!
The book is categorized for YA audience. My 17 year old daughter was reading this on her nook and would not book it down. The author captivates us with a plot of survival in a world where the government forces youths to kill each other for their entertainment. Reminds me of games played in the Roman arenas. The plot, has a touch of romance. Without saying too much more , I hunger to read the entire series.
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!
"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.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting 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.
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.
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
"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!
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