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)
Yes. Very interesting audiobook; I suggest it for an audiobook beginner, it will get you hooked and you'll want to read more and more books via audio!
The plot was superb and very intriguing.
She used just the right levels of emotion when needed
I can't wait to
This was a great listen and even turned my boyfriend on to Audible... More like got him addicted to audible. We finished the eleven hour book in two days together. The story was adventurous and suspenseful with a GREAT narrator. I would recommend this to anyone!
The entire series was awesome! Great reader, excellent story line. I loved it from beginning to end.
Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name) wrote The Long Walk. I would compare the two as they are both based on a game of life and death where the purpose is for lifetime success and entertainment of the viewers.
Peter. Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job changing her voice and making you feel that Peter was talking.
YES, but it was too long to do that. I continually looked forward to turning it back on.
The entire series is worth listening to!
Suzanne Collins has written a fun and entertaining story with this triology. She excelled at telling the story from a single perspective.
It is at the VERY top! Once I was engaged, which happened very early on, I couldn't stop listening to this book. It is brilliantly written, and well narrated. I am 33 years old and I am telling you this book is NOT just for teens. It is for all ages, and has an excellent plot, story line, and message. I am also NOT a sci-fi reader, and was a bit worried I would get bored and put this away, but it really is more than a sci-fi. It is also about life in general, a love story, day to day life, survival, mystery...it really is a lot of genres rolled up into one fabulous book.
There are several moments throughout the book. Especially how Katness handles herself when in the arena and how she and Peeta's relationship slowly changes over the course of the book.
I highly recommend this and all the books in the series to any and everyone! I promise you will be captivated!
I couldn't stop listening. I had to know what was going to happen next. I'm already half way through the 2nd book in less then 2 days.
I read the Hunger Games trilogy as they came out years ago and spent a significant amount of time trying to make my mom read them, but she never had the time. I bought the audiobooks for her. Stuck in a car with no escape, my sister and I started the book: She was hooked by the end of the first chapter, and halfway through the book my dad and younger brother were peeved that they'd been left out. So we restarted the book and within a month had finished the entire series. Carolyn McCormick, the narrator, is less than impressive, but after a while she doesn't bother you so much anymore. The book is entrancing. Suzanne Collins effectively creates a world of fear, hunger, and distrust as well as a cast of characters that are so real and memorable that you can't avoid falling in love with them. I haven't been so passionate about a book series since Harry Potter. This is a series for the whole family, from 14 to 56. I can personally vouch for that.
We finished the book today and I have already purchased the last two books in this series. Well done, I felt like I was in the game as she was, I felt the same things she did when events turned.
appealing to animal instinct written for people who have little attention...typical, quantity of stuff in lieu of quality..... each paragraph is just another visual sensationalistic image having only for purpose to stuff the attention of the reader instead of telling a interesting story
a different author with a different story
"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.
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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