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 book is very well written, believable from the perspective of our main character, narrated very well, and it keeps moving constantly to keep things interesting. I couldn't put it down and listened it through on my entire 8 hour Thanksgiving vacation commute- along with before bed and before / after naps!
Is this the first of a series or a stand alone installment? You REALLY want to be able to follow the story onward long after the final words are spoken!
The brings you in within 5 minutes. The narrator is excellent and suspenseful from the start. I couldn't stop listening!
It's definitely appropriate for a younger reader, but I'm in my 30s and still felt drawn in by the characters and plot. You won't be sorry!
I really liked this book! It kept me riveted to see what would happen next. Some people have talked about violence but to be honest there is more violence in a reality show on cable than in this book...you can handle it. I thought it was well written and very engaging. I did not however, like the narrator. When I first started listening I felt like she sounded like an awful robot, very stilted and stiff, but I had purchased the book so I persevered and I got used to her cadence enough to finish listening to the book. I will be checking the next two books out of the library to read myself rather than have to listen to this narrator again. It is a shame because the book is amazing and I would prefer to listen since I don't have the time to sit down and read it myself.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is very interesting, and keeps your attention throughout book, but not at the level of my absolute favorite books, so not quite a 5 star rating. The narrator does a good job, but there are times that she doesn't get the characters quite right. All-in-all, well worth the credit, and I highly recommend this book.
I'm surprised at all the rave reviews of this series. The idea behind the story is very exciting and entertaining, but the characters are very poorly developed. They seem flat, unreal, almost two dimensional. It's hard to really care about the story when you hardly know the main characters.
I suppose I didn't expect a young adult series to deal with the realities of war and oppression in such a realistic way. I totally bought into the story and identified with the main characters and eagerly moved on to the rest of the series. Narrator did a wonderful job.
Be prepared to buy all 3 books. Read them sequentially.
I found the premise good, the story interesting -- a PG version of something like "Battle Royale" (Japanese film). Interesting characters who are developed, if you read the trilogy. Content is certainly aimed at a young audience, but still good enough for adults.
The interview with the author at the end of book 3 is interesting for the literary-minded folks.
This is an intelligent, well-written novel set in a clearly devised dystopian future. There are clear similarities with 'Battle Royale' but the American setting is, perhaps, more easily recognisable to a Western audience. Characters and clearly drawn and, while not always a comfortable listen, it is enjoyable and thought-provoking. The narration and character voice created work well.
What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!
I like fantasy type books that almost seem to blur the lines of fantasy and reality.
I bought this book after seeing that it was on sale and also had good reviews. I'm glad I did. The book made me tense up at times, at others I wanted to cry. I felt emotions for the characters and the story kept my interest through out the entire book. It left me wanting more. Needless to say, I purchased the second book of the trilogy.
There were only a few things missing in it that prevented it from giving 5 stars. The characters didn't pop out at me as much as I would have liked and I found myself making up most of their features. (this could have been due to me missing out on parts due to interruptions at home). Also, the narrator was odd. She sounded angry and sharp at parts that I thought would sound better said in a less forcefull way. Still, I got used to her tone and it was only a slight disruption in the story.
Overall a good book to listen to. I would recommend.
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!
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting 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.
"A great audiobook"
I wasn't sure what to expect but I've found this audiobook to be very well written by the author, read beautifully and also quite addictive! I would recommend it to anyone.
"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 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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