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 is seriously one of the best books (and series) that I have ever read. I listened to the entire series over the course of 5 days--neglecting everything because I just could not get enough. I am not normally a scifi reader. But this was not farfetched at all. In fact, it had so many disturbingly familiar themes.
The narration was great.
riveving and i could not stop lestening, i had to do the hole series and cold not stop. excellent story after the first 30 min of just the first book of 3.
I was getting tired of too many people telling me this trilogy was so good. I ended up at a dinner of 6 and being the only one to not read this. You're probably in that position as well.
It's great, Collins has a narrative knack, and Carolyn McCormick delivers a first-class reading of her material. Gripping, excellent character development, struggle, action, drama, it's all in here.
Will be checking out the rest of the trilogy.
I never write reviews, simply because I can never seem to be as clever as all my fellow audible listeners who review regularly. But with this book, I just had to write something. I'm not normally a fan of young adult lit, but Suzanne Collins is really on to something here. Her story is incredibly appealing to adults because the plot is complex, full of intrigue, has a political and moral message, plus there is lots of romance, futuristic speculation, and enough blood and guts to scare away any adolescent teeny-bopper! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! The narrator does a spectacular job, and in my opinion, she really makes this book a must-listen, not a must-read. All you men out there, don't be scared away by this book just because it was written by a woman and is considered young adult lit! You won't be sorry. My husband loved it, too.
An interesting story read by a sub-par reader. After hearing what can be done with excellent stories by the narrators of the Harry Potter or Song of Ice and Fire series, this was truly a disappointment. Read the book, skip the audiobook.
Fantastic book, one of my favorites on audio, Carolyn McCormic does a great job narrating.
This is a great book. The story is riveting. The narrator has an English accent, but the story is in north America. Someone needs to tell her how to say mutation.
Listened to this book in about two sittings on both legs of a long road trip, and i must say, we couldn't "put it down" we were listening to it for ten minute drives to the grocery store, and whenever we had a chance... Cant wait to see if the next ones in the series are this good.
This is a story about a young girl, but not a child's story. Fast paced, creative and well written, it will get you involved and keep you there right to the end.
I got this book as a bribe to my 14 yo daughter to take a boring 3 hour ride in the car with me. It's definitely a YA book, but really - who's not a kid at heart? Once we were home, I found myself sneaking listens on errands in the car and guiltily confessing that I had gotten ahead in our shared book. Little did I know, my daughter was sneaking listens on her computer while I was out! The narrator was ok - not my favorite. But, the story was exciting enough to keep me listening. The movie is currently being filmed near where we live and after reading the book, I can see why it's perfect for the screen. Fantastical creatures, oppressors vs. the oppressed, fashion, beauty, romance, life and death suspense - and a chick who can shoot you dead with a bow and arrow. Whoa. I want one. We'll be getting the next in the series for our drive to the beach next week. It's great to share a book with my kid.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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, 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!
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.
Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!
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
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