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Publisher's Summary

The Hunger is a tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most fascinating historical moments: the Donner Party with a Walking Dead-style twist.

Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone - or something - is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck - the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.

While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions - searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand - evil begins to grow around them, and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves "What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased...and very hungry?"

Effortlessly combining the supernatural and the historical, The Hunger is an eerie, thrilling look at the volatility of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.

©2018 Alma Katsu (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • 03-09-18

Intense, visceral, excellent read

Listened to this over the course of 3 nights, and we had a hard time pausing it to go to sleep! So good. It was riveting, suspenseful and terrifying, and yes, the ending was surprising, yet fitting. It was the detailed, gut churning descriptions that really made it - I could feel the filth and was convinced my clothes were picking up the scent of decay and rot with each line. Overall, such a satisfying story for this horror junkie.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Fun!

I loved the darkness in each member of the Wagon party, I just didn’t love the ending.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Soap opera posing as horror

I bought this because Stephen King gave it a high rating. If you are looking for horror the first two thirds of this book aren't for you. It's all about who's cheating, who is sleeping around, petty spats and a bunch of sketchy people traveling together. The horror finally comes into play near the end with hints of it scattered throughout the first several hours. I was not scared or impressed. Think The Walking Dead meets Days of our Lives.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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The Hunger

The Hunger does not satisfy the hunger for a good novel. It is a cross between the Donner parties doomed trip West and The Walking Dead. For my part, I prefer the Walking Dead. The Hunger is dead and can not even stand up much less walk

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A wonderful reimagining the Donner Party tragedy.

This is the type of audio book that warrants repeated listening. I found myself looking up details of the ill fated Donner Reed excursion time and again. A wonderful reading that continues to build tension and dramatic action as events unfold. Masterful storytelling.

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horrible narrator

I wanted to go buy the book I wouldn't have to listen to the horrible narration

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Creepy

...but too short. A breezy ten hours means this story glossed over the depth that could have taken it from good to great. It's hard to track the number of characters but I enjoyed it, for the most part and who doesn't love a good historical western ghost story? I don't want to send anyone off the book, it's worth the buy, but it's good...not great.

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Not bad, not great, but worth a listen

Little tedious at time and I wasn't sold on the narration, so 3/5. That's average and there's nothing wrong with that at all. Not a waste of time by any means, it had me definitely tripping the edge of my seat at times! Worth a listen for sure.

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Fantastic Reimagining

A great blend of historical elements, mythology and interpersonal story arcs. A tough book to put down

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You can actually FEEL the hunger!

I am familiar with the real story of the Donner party, but not in great detail. This book definitely makes me want to learn more. I really enjoyed this story. The narration was very good, and I absolutely recommend Kristen Potter, and would be happy to listen to her again. Alma Katsu, as always, tells a very emotional, sad, and yes, terrifying story about what could have happened. It was realistic, in that I didn't doubt any of the circumstances as plausible. I love that she let's you really get to know many of the characters. I was sad when they died! However, you never really get to be face to face with the 'monsters' in this tale. She takes you right up to the edge of the ravine, but she never grabs you and makes you stare down the evil abyss. I'm the kind of fellow who enjoys that kind of thing, so naturally I was left with a feeling of disappointment, as if the story ended too soon. If you like that kinda thing, then you'll probably give it 5 stars, but me? I give it a solid 4.5 ;)