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)
While this is a scholastic book and I am in my mid 30s I have to say I enjoyed this one a lot. So much so I purchased the second book which I am currently listening to. Get this book and you will find it hard to stop listening.
This book really sucked me right in. I wasn't alone either. I was 8 chapters in when my teen daughter caught me listening...and sat down with me until it was over.
Everyone is so crazy about this book. I thought it was okay. My problem is it was dark and depressing...not much fun. There was a very subtle romance, but not enough for me. If you like your stories dark and hopeless, this is your series. I won't be continuing it. Good news is that the author is talented...it was well-written, just not my cup of tea.
I bought this in June 2008 and never listened to it... got a few "pages" in and got bored. But about a month ago I'd run out of purchased options and gave this one another chance. I promptly bought the next to books in the series as well as it was a surprisingly engaging and interesting listen! This is the best of the 3-book series but the other two (Catching Fire and Mockingjay) are also good. It's an interesting world and captivating setting and description. The characters are interesting, but it's very much about setting in this. The narrator is good and is the same person in the next two books too so that was nice. Give it a listen, you'll be impressed!
I was pleasantly surprised by both the story and the ready. The story was interesting, but I feel in some ways we have heard it before, but perhaps not with children as the main contestants. We got to ride along with Kat during her journey but it seemed like everyone else was a passenger and not a participant and that is why I feel it lacked some punch. The reader was above average even though she needed to put more umph in some spots and left me feeling wanting. Overall good story and I will get the next one.
I have been deeply moved with this first part of the Hunger Games trilogy. Not only is the story fantastic, so, too, is Carolyn McCormick's narration. Wonderful vocal characterizations while also moving the story along fluidly. Definitely a story that easily appeals to both adults and children. I hesitated downloading this book for a while, worried that a "children's book" wouldn't keep my attention, but it has done better than recent "grown up titles" of memory. i can't find a flaw in the book or the narration. Can't wait to get the second and third books as well.
I enjoyed this book. So much so that I am now listening to the second book. The Hunger Games had a lot of good action scenes. I also like the evil government and am hopeful for an uprising.
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, after a few chapters, I had to quit listening to it. I will admit that the main character, Katniss (the girl telling the story), is not the most likeable person, but McCormick's cold voice characterization was making me hate her. Thankfully, I was intrigued enough by the story to go buy a physical copy of the book. It's much easier to get through and enjoy the story without McCormick's narration. I would give the actual book 5 stars, but this audiobook is only worth 1 (if even that).
Exceedingly delightful. An incredible page turner, I did not want to stop listening. Well narrated and well written. It will make a blockbuster movie, just wait. I loved it anyway.
This is not the kind of book that i normally listen to but it was reccomended to me by a friend as a good way to pass the time on long drives. I drive 6 hours almost every weekend to see my family and the hunger games series has made the past 3 weeks fly by to the point where i would sit in my car when I got home for up to 20 minutes just so I could keep listning. Very well read and an interesting story.
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