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'm not sure what all the hype is about. This wasn't a terrible book but after reading The Help and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this just wasn't up to par. Not a bad read but you can tell it is geared toward a younger audience. I passed it on to my 12 year old and she is enjoying it. The narrater sounds like the one reading my 1st grader's Magic Tree House books. Again, she wasn't terrible but sounded juvenile to me. Maybe a different narrater would have helped this book.
YES!!!! You don't want to turn it off from beginning to end.
The book lets you develop a mental picture, without unnecessary details.
The easy to recognize change in characters.
Could not wait to download the next book in series.
Gripping. Entertaining. Brilliant.
Couldn't put it down until the end.
This book is well worth every penny.
The story was original and captivating.
Katniss of course. Her inexperiance is refreshing. Her courage is admirable.
Her voice relfected the scene. She seemed to enjoy reading the story herself.
When Rue and Katniss curled up in the same sleeping bag, deciding that they could trust one another, and simply fell asleep.
I wouldn't listen to it again, but I am ready to read the sequels, much to my surprise!
The imagery and the relationships that grew between the characters were intense. I could close my eyes and envision everything. I am very excited to see how the movie interprets the book.
It was easy to distinguish between characters and her voice set the mood for each scene. Extraordinary performance!
I think when little Rue died and Katness comforted her. So sad...
I love the way this story has you from the start. The way that Katniss takes her sisters place out of love for her and for her mother of which she tries to keep hidden. The emotion of the arena and the tributes that she comes to love and remember.
The characters and their love for each other. Seeing a girl overcome her fears and becomes changed even more by a ruthless president.
Monotone is the one and only word I can think of to describe her voice. The only saving thing for me and her reading this book was the fact that I love the story.
There were parts that made me cry. The part where Rue dies is the most memorable part of the book where I lose it everytime. Saying out loud Katniss you are crazy Peeta loves you can't you see that?
One of the best books I have read. It makes you think that even though most people think that what happened in this book could ever happen to this country could be our future if we do not think that decisions we make today make a difference. We should take more time to be involved when it comes to electing the leaders of this country.
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!
It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.
The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.
With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.
I liked the audio version just as much as the print version.
This story had unexpected twists and turns.
This is the first of this reader's performances I had listened to.
I listened to this with my 3 kids, ages 14, 13 and 11. The oldest had already read the book but was eager to listen to it with us. We had a very long drive from New York to Lake Placid and back, and the time just flew! The story had us all enthralled. The reader, however, was a big distraction. My 11 year old daughter took special exception to the way the narrator imitated a 12 year olds'
voice, making her sound like a 4 year old. My older boy, the one who had already read the book, would throw up his hands whenever she voiced the part of the central character, Katness. According to him, Katness is supposed to be a very tough, cool girl and the narrator made her sound like a girly dope. Having said that, the story itself is so strong that it was usually possible for me to get past the annoying quirks of the reader and stay enthralled.
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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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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, 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!
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.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
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
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