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 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.
Not necessarily, but I don't re-do much
Easy to listen to, kept interest.
Kat's introspective reflections
Glad my friends encouraged me to read/listen to this.
I have to say that this book keeps your attention the entire time, I cannot wait to see the movie!
My favorite scene was when Katnis found Peter hiding in the mud.
Read it, you will love it!!! I can't wait to read the second book!
Say something about yourself!
At best, an entertaining concept. However, the storyline had an inevitable climax.
The characters seemed to lack any real passion.
I think the narration was adequate
I am pleased that I only ordered the first book, even though the 2nd and 3rd were on sale at the time. I wouldn't care to continue pursuing the fate of these characters, there was no real depth to them.
I see that they are about to make a series of films of these books.
They may capture the interest of the teen market, but I think these books have no maturity in character development or plot development.
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