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)
Motorcycling and listening to books. A perfect day.
When a friend recommended this book and told me a bit about it I was really unsure if I would like it. She assured me if I enjoyed the Twilight series I would enjoy this series. I have both read and listened to the series now. The story draws you in and you can't stop listening. I did think the voice of Carolyn McCormick a bit old for the lead character, but she has a strong sure voice and handles all the various character voices wonderfully. Definitely a great book and series to garden to this summer.
I didn't know what to make of this book at the beginning. The mix of romance, sci-fi and survival thriller confused me. But then I was slowly getting into the story and couldn't resist to listen till the end. Not only I took my MP3 player from the car for a weekend, but I woke up on Saturday morning, very early, put my headset on and listen until the rest of the family were awake.
Characters were interesting, narration is awesome!
Absolutely wonderful! I am amazed this is listed for young adults. Just because the main characters are teenagers doesn't qualify it for YA. I am pretty far away from YA and I loved this book.
I had no idea there were sequels, and I'm really glad because, in a way, this ended with a cliff-hanger.
I found it wonderfully written and terrifically narrated. I see so many other reviewers' raves, so I don't need to go on, but this is a book to get!
Chosen at random, I was completely sucked in to the Hunger Games trilogy after this book. A potent story reminiscent if x"The Lottery", both the enthralled story and the perfectly rendered reading by the narrator made me have to buy the next two books immediately just so I could see how the story ends. No spoilers, but this book is not your typical Y.A. reader's path to the happy ending, but challenges morality and relationships on base levels. Highly recommend
Who knew that teen fiction could be like this? And where were these books when I was a teen? There's a reason this is so popular, and it is worth each and every word of praise. Getting lost in fantasy has never felt so real, and nobody who reads this will ever look at this genre the same way again.
All though the book was written for young adults it was a great book written about a very sad futuristic dystopia United States call Panem, where 24 young teenagers are pitted against each other while the world watches. The story is told thought the eyes of Katniss and her participation in The Hunger Games.
Onto book 2
This novel is a description of a society that unfortunately is not so hard to imagine to come about anymore. The characters come across as believable and it makes you think about the end of the roman empire, where some humans, quite explicitly, just had to die for the enjoyment of others.Combine this with mass media, modern technology and boundless power differences and shiver at the thought.
I was pretty disappointed with THE HUNGER GAMES. For example, there was so much anticipation as to where the children would be sent for the games, but very sparse description once they were there. And for being Hunger games, they were never really so. You never got the idea they were suffering, it was rather ho-hum. This pretty much sums up my complaint of the book, a building up of suspense and a general letdown upon delivery. It's sad because there's a lot of potential here, but an uninteresting story. You get the idea that there's a coming of age, romantic interlude, but it's impossible to believe any of the characters actually have any feelings! If you want a good post-apocalyptic story about children participating in reality games gone too far, go for THE LONG WALK, an earlier work by Stephen King, on par with the great Orwell!
For someone who loves romance and girly things I took a chance on this from a review made by Stephenie Meyer. I am so happy I did. This was absolutely brilliant. Collins discreptions help you imagine you are right there in the story. The story itself is so unique and fast paced you finish wondering how you got through it so fast. I even started giving this book out for gifts and talked my husband into listening. It is such a great story and I cannot wait to finish the series.
The hunger games is perfect in every way. I love the fact that the author uses a girl to be the main character. Katniss Everdeen has everything it takes to be a heroine, she's brave, smart, intelligent, courageous...... But she also has her weakness. How could she kill a boy that told her he loved her and gave her bread when she was poor, hungry and desperate? She has to, cause there is only one person that can survive the hunger games. Or would she rather sacrifice her life for Peeta?
There was of course, some romance in the book, but not the kind you would find it unreal or discusting. In the country of complete dictatorship, what would happen if Katniss did save Peeta? Would they live happily ever after just like in fairy tales? Or would they just risk there life into more danger than ever?
The story really did give me some deep thoughts. You would realize that there are so much tough and difficult choices you need to make in life. The only way to survive is to fight, be cruel and cold-blooded, or is it? I think this story is better for teenagers like us cause this is the time when we're struggling the find the ture meaning of life.
I love this book very much. I really hope you can enjoy this book as well as I did.
"Very good listen!"
As a first time listener to audio books, I was surprised how hooked you can get listening. I have to say after listening, I watched the movie and was very disappointed, it seemed very short and makes me want to listen to other books to see what I have been missing. I will definetly listen to the other Hunger games audio books. Would recommend.
I am considerably beyond my teenage years but I really enjoyed this story. Suzanne Collins is a master storyteller and I would recommend this audio book to anyone aged 15 and above. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
"Hunger games brilliant."
Hi iv just finished listening to this audio book. It has been playing every time iv had a spare half hour or more. Brilliant gripping drama. starts a bit slow maybe but still got me gripped. By part two I was totally addicted to it.
Great drama for teens and adults alike well recomended!
"Gripping from start to finish...."
One of those books that you just don't want to end....so glad there are another two books in the series to escape into!
"Great story, badly read."
This was a book club choice, and I resented the idea of being forced to read "young adult" novels in my precious reading time, so downloaded the audiobook to listen to while driving. The story is hugely enjoyable, if derivative. The reader is just all wrong - a huge casting mistake, and a constant irritation. Her voice is too "old" for the teenage narrator, she can't do a male voice that isn't gratingly unconvincing, and she just reads too darn slowly. I would love to listen to the next two books, but I can't tolerate her for another 25 hours of my life.
"The Hunger Games"
I got caught up with all the hype about this book/film. Foolishly didn't read the reviews before buying the audiobook. I found the whole concept of the story totally sickening so could not bring myself to listern to it past the first chapter.
Not my cup of tea AT all.
I won't be making that mistake again!!!
BTW~ I wouldn't give it any stars but that option does not seem to be available.
Downloaded this after seeing the film to fill in some of the blanks. The book is 100x better than the movie, I was instantly hooked and upgraded my membership so I could download all 3!
I was recommended this book by my daughter, it is not the type of book i normally enjoy, well i took the plunge and so glad i did. I normally limit myself to listening to books while i'm out walking or down the gym (to encourage my fitness) However i listened to this book continuously for two days and completed it. So glad that i have the other two to look forward too, but i will have to limit my listening so i can enjoy them over a longer period of time...
What a great book - my 16 year old daughter raved about this series, and persuaded me to read/listen to it! I am completely hooked and can't wait for the next one, which I've just purchased!
Have to say the first was the best but this was superb and so much fun seeing every unfold the way it did, some strong emotions come out and it really does make you cry, but still so so good, and by this third book I am really loving and falling in love with Carolyn's voice lol
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