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 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
I loved this book because I could not stop listening!
When the announcer comes over the speakers of the Hunger Games.
I love the main character, Katniss. She is so wonderful, and doesn't give herself enough credit.
I'm not creative enough for this. Maybe
Could not stop
When they think that they have won the games.
Her range of emotion and variations in the characters is great.
The story, characters, and overall theme of the book keeps you engaged from start to finish. A great read for all ages.
Her narration of the story was wonderful. You could clearly grasp the scenery and images in great imaginative detail. A first class narrator.
Yes it was.
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.
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