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.
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By Rhiannon on 15-05-12
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!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Neill on 07-07-12
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.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By tcp100 on 27-12-11
Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?
Not at all. The narrator would define the noun
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?
Almost every part except hearing it read out loud.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Her false accent, if you want to call it that, is way too distracting. She gets a little too weird describing the food, too (I know that's an integral theme in the book, but it shouldn't sound... sexual.) She does the forceful parts no justice, almost making a caricature of them.
Any additional comments?
Sad to see the whole series is narrated by the same person. I'm hoping she got some tips after the first and improved it - we'll see.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Jessica on 08-03-13
Performance ruined it
This is a great story that the reader absolutely destroyed. She sounds like she's skipping through a field of daisies with a whimsical smile on her face during every scene. Wrong book for that, dear. This book is for young adults, not challenged 5 year olds. Boo. I want my credit back.
25 of 28 people found this review helpful