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 has to be one of my favorite series I have had the immense pleasuring of listening to since becoming an audible member. I was instantly drawn into the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins. She does such a thorough job crafting the world that I felt as though I could see with the main character's eyes and smell with her nose, even taste her lamb stew!
Katniss Everding, of course. The protagonist is a wonderfully strong and capable young girl who is used to surviving. I loved tapping into her strength and sparking a rebellion with her.
She is an incredibly gifted narrator. I thought she did a superb job changing her voice for different people and she stayed true to her
When the youngest tribute was killed. I was crying for at least a half hour in my bed. This author is truly amazing.
This was my favorite book of the series. The second one was a little slow for me and the third one was a little too gruesome, but honestly I would re-read this series in a heart beat. I actually probably will in a few months from now. Thank you for a fantastic story, I'm just sorry that there are only three books.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This book was excellent. Great characters, great story. This book is a future classic. I think in falls in the same lane as 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Cat's Cradle.
This ranks in the top 10.
Catniss, very smart,charming and brave
Catniss, her pitches and tones made her come alive.
Rue. She was so young and vulnerable and clearly the victim of her circumstance and time.
Her voice and how she enunciate the words to evoke a other-worldly time of history. Brought out many facets of Katniss' personality.
My husband and I are not sure we can handle the next book.
The Hunger Games is much better than others! (I've only listened to a few books though)
I was never lost/left in the dust to figure out terminology on my own – the story had a strange but powerful way of balancing definition, reminiscing, and present action.
As with any listening in comparison to reading, I feel more free to visualize the story.
YES! But I sadly had to stop a few times!
Odd how District 12 is not really fantasy...sounds frighteningly similar to a certain North Korea. I hope this trilogy causes young people to seriously consider the world around them.
Riveting, exciting, and unique!
It is futuristic and reminds me of books by Margaret Atwood, but also makes me think of the short story The Most Dangerous Game.
No, but I thought her performance was very good.
Yes, most definitely!
Although i'm not a fan of sci-fi/fantasy books, I thought i'd give this book a listen since it came so heavily recommended. Little did I know i'd be sucked into the book so much!! I couldn't wait to see what would happen next!! As the last lines were read, i hungered for more, so I downloaded the sequels!!! Awesome, awesome!!! A must have!!!
Wow! From the moment I started listening I could not stop!! I literally cancelled plans so I could stay home to finish this! At first I did not love the narraters voice, but it grew on me!
One of the best stories I've ever read/heard. The plot is incredible, the literature devine, and the performance unsurpassed. I enjoyed this so thoroughly that I never wanted it to end. I had to give myself some time to grieve over the end of the story and to say goodbye to characters I came to love.
Looked at this book for months and kept thinking I wanted to read this book but when I'd read about it I just couldn't imagine that I'd like it when it says kids are picked to fight to the death...well, it's a must read and you are taken in from the moment it starts. I have told 2 other people who ended up finishing the series before me and they were swept away. Put this one on the top of your list and read it before the movie comes out in March...can't wait for it all to come alive on the screen.
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