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)
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
My daughter raved about this book as did my 21 year old grand daughter so I gave in and purchased it when it was on sale. It sat in my library for months. Finally I decided to give it a listen and WOW-was blown away by the story, the whole idea of The Hunger Games.
Though it's marketed to teens, the book and those following in the series, are definitely for anyone who enjoys stories about future history, as Robert Heinlein termed it. What a different view of the United States this series presents.
Good solid performance by the narrator, Carolyn McCormick add to the story a lot.
I really enjoyed this-and what food for thought it presented to me.
Well worth the 3 credits the series costs.
road show junkie
There's so much more to The Hunger Games than what they showed you on screen; if you want the rest of the story - THE WHOLE STORY - you need to listen! There's a lot going on behind the scenes and in Catniss' head that the screen is not capable of showing.
Cloud Atlas - there's a whole emotional & psychological story line behind what you see or hear about that you need to listen to!
Roo's death - how much it affected Catniss.
I still can't understand how this was considered a children's book - you need an adult sense of understanding to comprehend all that is happening here.
If you watched the movie, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It completely makes sense where the movie kinda sucked and had no real back story. The Author does a fantastic job with character background, story line, and a nice touch of sci-fy suspense.
The story follows one character and how she copes with her surroundings. There are some good funny spots as she has to deal with a drunk trainer on top of her impending doom. The author seems to keep it real as the main Character Katness definately has flaws and uses them to enhance a more realistic view of the situation. However at times the teenage attitude of Katness does get annoying I believe this is to help you get by the "why doesn't she just do this.." part of the story. Very entertaining I couldn't wait to get to book 2 of the series
The words of Collins mixed with the smokey expertise of McCormick made for an unparalleled match.
Perhaps the most striking part about the book seems to be that with Collin's brilliant use of foreshadowing and other narrative techniques: no moment is less memorable than the next.
I could not imagine Catnip's voice being narrated by anyone else.
The book made me addicted to the story. I had to know what happens next.
Although I can't argue much with the casting of characters in the recent movie, the movie pales in comparison to the book. Hearing thoughts and background provides a richer experience that helps to crystallize what the author meant to say, or more correctly, meant to express. The tapestry of this story comes alive with imagined situations that give depth to the protagonist, the people she interacts with, and the scenario she is forced into.
Strongly recommend this - it is a quick "can't put it down" listen.
I LOVED IT
Cat was because she was just great.
Cat and McCormick's voice was fantastic.
Yes I found myself smiling, laughing, and maybe watery eyes.
Just read or listen to this book, you wont regret it.
A friend recommended this book and after reading the synopsis I wasn't convinced but decided to get it anyways based upon the high marks. WOW. The story held me captive and I could NOT stop listening until the very end. It's a keep you on the edge of your seat type of story and is easy to follow.
First the qualifier: I'm 30 yrs old, so not technically the intended audience.
I initially purchased this series for my boyfriend during an Audible series sale, thinking it might be a fun sci-fi/gladiator type of story. That didn't work out, the boyfriend was immediately put off by the narrator and the premise, and completely gave up about an hour in. Not wanting to entirely waste the credits, I tried listening to it myself.
I found Katniss to be a pretty annoying heroine - throughout the series she's increasingly whiny and self-obsessed and rarely has a clue. I rolled my eyes a lot and often wished she would just shut up and let us get on with the story. I guess this is the inescapable teenage element in what is, after all, a YA series.
The narrator is also not my favorite. She gives most of the characters the same incredibly irritating drawl, which tended to make me think that reading these books instead of listening to them would have been more enjoyable.
But enjoy them I did, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. There have even been moments where I found myself misty-eyed and wondering just how the author managed to draw me in despite my reservations about what I perceived as a somewhat flat world/cast/story.
I am now in the middle of the last book. I have no regrets about spending 2 credits on this series. And although I don't think I would recommend this to my friends or family, I do appreciate the secret ingredient, whatever it is, that has kept me listening so far...
Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting I'm not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this story was quite captivating from beginning to end. I will definitely look into reading some of this author's other books.
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.
I love this book and Carolyn McCormick is a fantastic narrator. She captures Katniss and the rest of the characters perfectly.
"kept me awake"
Having listened to all books in the trilogy, I summarise my review by saying that the books kept me awake and riveted while another story of world dictatorship and domination unfolded. Catniss the main character in the tale portrayed great courage to stand up against continuing supression of the human race by other members of the same specie who have come to consider themselves superior.
Not suitable as bedtime reading, the carnage and gore is not for the fainthearted
"A well written story"
This is one of those storys that just grab you and it was difficult to stop listening until the book reached its conclusion. I would recommend it for all ages from 12 upwards, not just older children. As is often the case the book is far better than the film and I would recommend it if you enjoyed the film to get a better understanding of the story.
"the hunger games"
i read theese books not knowing the style of the auther, the books were recomended to me by my sister, but i was not sure i would like them. once i started to read the books i could not put them down, the story line was fantastic and if i could work out how to do the star rating i would give theese books 5 stars.
"Great opening of a great trilogy"
I do not really understand when this book is categorized as teen fiction. I think this book is much more mature than that - with meaningful thoughts, internal struggles about choices to be made etc.. And it is also gripping, exciting. I could not stop listening.
The whole story is presented from the main character's point of view which makes the story more realistic and personal to the reader (or listener :). This is not a dumb 'action movie' with untouchable superheroes but a book with ordinary people who have their fears, weaknesses - and strengths.
I am eagerly waiting to have enough time to re-listen the whole trilogy.
"What can I say?"
Took some time to properly get into it, but once the story started to pick up it was hard to put down. Very emotional and just perfect.
"The best trilogy I have ever read"
I was recommended to read these three books by a good friend so yes I bought them.After reading the first fifty pages in book one I was captured by the remarkable detail and the writing of Suzanne Collins.It didn't take me long to read all three.I liked them so much I bought the Audio version and that absolutely fantastic.
"Very, very good"
This is a must listen, the image and story is created so clearly in your mind. And it is such a great story, and it is wonderfully read.
"Engaging and a real 'page turner'"
This was just what I wanted from an audiobook, made me look forward to my commute
"Urgh couldn't stand the lead character..."
And the narrator was terrible. She made the whole thing sound so condescending. The story wasn't very original and didn't really go anywhere. None of the characters were memorable or likeable.
Just don't understand the hype...
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