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)
The first of the trilogy got me hooked. The story moves right along but you often wonder "what is she thinking?!" about the heroine.
The narration is wonderful! Really, a great job. The ONLY qualm I have about the narrator is that she sounds way older than 16 (the age of the character telling the story). She doesn't sound ancient, but she sounds like a 30 yr. old. ....Or perhaps, that's just my personal take, being mid 30s myself. Which leads us to the next point...
I know this book is listed as pre-teen/adolescent, but honestly, it reads well for older generations as well. I think the main thing making it an adolescent read is that it's chalk full of physical adventures of the unknown and unpredictable. I remember reading such stories and being fascinated by them as a teen myself. There's a lot of exploration (forced or not) in this book. The risk, the danger, the uncertainty...all wonderful, except for me, being older, I've sort of been there done that. YET, it still kept me tied and anticipating every next move! Really quite amazing.
As an older adult, I find myself more interested however, in the bigger scheme of things. The bigger issues and philosophies of this. Politics is perhaps a better word. In a stark manner, this bears an uncanny resemblance to our own world and current things going on, albeit, an extreme interpretation, but one very unsettling just the same.
I look forward to the next installment.
Suzanne Collins brings the arena to life with the Hunger Games. Your heart breaks for Katness as she struggles for survival for her family and then as a participant in the games. Ms. Collins balances the reality of the Capital with the reality of the districts. Katness is very believable as she struggles with being a survivor and a teenager.
This is one of the most riveting books I've listening to in a while! I loved it! My prediction: Once you're finished with Hunger Games the next two books in the series will be downloaded in no time!
This book was amazing. I was pulled into the story in the first five minutes and could not catch my breath until it was done. And then once it was done, I wished it wasn't.
The topic and plot werel defined and described well. Although I loved the charactors I was more drawn to know more about this world she had created. In every way it was unbelievable and yet she made it believable. You could feel yourself there in every situation discribed.
This is a must read, even if you've made up your mind that you don't like teenage fantasy novels. I did, and I'm glad!
i love too read and have people read to me...
ill be honest. i got this title on sale and it was well worth the price. good story. good narator. gets a little campy at the end, but worth at least another listen. i heard the other two books in the series ruined it. bummed about that. looking forward to the movie. at least the first movie anyway...
I found The Hunger Games to be a slow start, but once I got into it, I was captivated by this story! I have to admit some disappointment at the end, as it appears we are going to be trapped in a love triangle, and I guess I thought Katniss would be above that... :) I am taking a break from the series, but do want to come back to it and finish the trilogy.
Overall, I thought this book was excellent and have already devoured the sequels. The narration and pace were very good. It is hard to read this book without thinking of Roman gladiators and Mayan ballgames, and to realize that rulers of "civilized" societies have actually used such gruesome, ritualized games to control the masses. The author notes the influence of gladiator games and reality television on her decision to write in a postscript. It is the sort of book that makes you wonder how far leaders are willing to go to take control, and the kind of bravery it takes to stand up to people who have the power to kill everyone you care about. Beyond that, it is easy to get caught up in the story...the simple life of youngsters on the edge of starvation faced with something so much greater than themselves that they have no choice but to do the unthinkable or die. The story goes from a poor village with simple technology, to a utopian metropolis, to an arena with means of death that would make leaders of the inquisition sit up and beg. Descriptions are good, though I think the first person narration made a few of the characters seem a little flat (mainly Peeta and Gale), and it's hard to imagine teens in such an environment would place so much emphasis on kissing, kissing, and more kissing with some talk of marriage, though the stinted romances seem reasonable given the tense circumstances. It is violent, but no more than it needs to be to tell the story and have the reader understand the horror of the situation. The characters aren't chess pieces, but people the reader is made to care about. All of the characters have their quirks and flaws, and don't necessarily react in predictable ways, but the reactions still make sense in their context which helps the realism of the book. Overall, an important theme, and an entertaining book.
Best Addiction I've had since Twilight and Harry Potter.... not that the stories compare, they're all three different, but the need to finish the series is the same. You won't be able to put your i-pod (or other listening device) down. Be prepared to feel the need to purchase the next book before your next credit is on your account!
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.
"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.
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!
"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.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting 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.
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.
"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.
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
"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!
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