The Hunger Games: Special Edition Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins!
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 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 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 death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, 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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 30, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #274 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020
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There are two “winners” in this Hunger Games lottery, a girl and a boy. Actually they are selected - drafted. Their names are pulled out at random. They get to compete with eleven other boys and eleven other girls in a war- games-type arena. There can only be one winner in the Hunger Games - the person still alive at the end of the games.
We follow Katniss, a girl from District Twelve, the poorest district, and Peeta, the baker’s son, from the same district. Peeta has had a crush on Katniss since she was five years old. She owes him for giving her bread when her family was starving. She feels she should repay this debt. Now they might be forced to kill each other.
The pageantry leading up to the games at times resembles a beauty contest, at times resembles training for participation in a less-lethal sport and at times it resembles preparation for a bullfight.
This is a terrifying story, but it’s also a life enhancing a story as the 24 children (ages 12 to 18) in the games sometimes form alliances based on friendship or need. It’s hard to trust anyone knowing that person might soon become your killer.
There’s are lessons in survival here. There’s also romance as Katniss isn’t sure if she loves Peeta, but she cares for him enough to fight for his survival as well as her own.
My Rating: 5.1/5 (I know its more than posible but I just love it so much!)
As a person passionate about reading, I know its hard to find a compelling book to read but this book nails it! Suzanne Collins makes me grip on to every word. Here is my summary (of the beggining so I wont say the whole book) of this.
The Country of Panem is made up of 12 districts and a bustling Capitol and 74 years ago a rebellion against the Capitol made the goverment create the Hunger Games. A yearly event where each of the districts submit one girl and boy to go to the Capitol and fight in an arena to the death untl one victor survives.
It is reaping day and Katniss Everdeen dreads this day all year, she lives in the Seam of District 12, the lowliest district. And hunts with her friend and hunting partner Gale Hawthorne. When Katniss's beloved sister is reaped she doesn't hesitate to volenteer. So Katniss and fellow tribute Petta Mellark's lives have changed now and theres no turning back because in the Hunger Games its life or death.
So go read this book!
Thank you for reading! I hope you found this review helful!
It seems I am the last one who read this book! LOL. Lots of hype generated about this book back when it was released. For no reason I never picked it up and always delayed watching the movies so I can read the book first. I guess now it is time to watch the movie. First thing I have to say the hype is not just a hype without any justification to it. The book is very well written. The story is very fast paced and enjoyable. I know many new dystopian books took an idea or two from this one.
The only drawback I would say is that we did not get to know some of the other characters who participated in the Hunger Games, some characters were more interesting than others because they were more elaborated. Rue for example was a good defined character. It would have been nice to know more about foxface. The main characters were very well written. Have no complaints about them.
The end of the story will make you want to jump into the sequel right away. I think this is a good book series to invest some time into. I hope book two and three will be as good too.
The only thing that bugs me is when a story leaves you hanging because they want you to buy the next book... But, it is good marketing (and I'm a marketer, so I can't fault it too much). Definitely recommend!
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I only came across the films last year, I was very late to the party in that regard but I fell in love with the films instantly and I watched them often.
A few weeks ago at work I found myself singing verses of "the hanging tree" so much so that 2 others in the office were also joining in and it made me want to watch the movies again they were just that good.
Then the pandemic got worse and last Monday was my last day at the office, I desperately needed something to do and of course watched the movies I thought of only a few weeks prior.
It hit me then that I never even read the books, normally I read the books first as they hold so much more information than the films so instantly I bought all 3 on Kindle and it's kept me occupied.
They are fantastic! I had the advantage of the films being fresh in my mind so when I read the books from Katniss's point of view I was already picturing what was going on when she was receiving things like shocking news for example (spoiler alert) when they are drawn back to the quarter quell. When you read the books you are seeing things from her perspective only but from the film you are seeing how it's been manipulated and brought about. So for me I was able to picture everything at once which made it more of an enjoyable read.
The books hold so much more information than the films showed, don't get me wrong the films are brilliant but you always get more from a book.
The books and the films show realism, even if it's fiction there are things written and shown that are relatable to everyone. The author is fantastic at portraying this.
It merely depends on your own life and what you've faced as a person, if you found yourself relatable/similar to Katniss's character and I don't mean the fictional parts I mean the realistic ones like dealing with poverty, enduring grief, crippling fear. (I could go on but this review is already long enough) you may act differently to her character or you may sympathize with her and when I read the books I found that I sympathized. Beforehand I was indifferent. It was only after reading through first person I got an understanding of what kind of person she is.
Suffice to say for me I gave the rating 5 stars, I read some of the lower ratings to get an idea of what I was getting into and many of them were so low, a lot of this was down to the miss-selling of books. (Covers were not portrayed right etc)
I found them gripping and it took me two days to finish them, I'd happily read them again. I like where all books take you and that's away from wherever you are. So for two days I spent it in the Hunger games listening to Katniss tell her story and I recommend these books to anyone who wishes to escape for a little while.
Stay safe everyone 🙌
OMG what a story, what a book. This is Amazing. I loved this book. This book one of the best books I have read in a long time. A lot more happens in the book then it does in the film. Katniss is such a strong and principle character. She volunteers herself so her sister doesn't have to go into the games and possibly die.
This book is a set in the future, where the whole country is called Panem. The Capital is the richest and there are districts, the higher the district you are the poorer the district is. So hunger is a continues problem. The Capital puts on a reality game show every year called 'The Hunger Games' where 1 boy and 1 girl are picked at random from each district. Then it is a fight to the death, where there is one person left standing, because that person has killed all the others. That person is the winner of The Hunger Games.
At the age of 12 you have to have your finger pricked and write your name below your blood. Then your name is put into a jar and if your name is picked, you are to go into The Hunger Games.
This is pleasure watching TV for the people of the Capital who love the Game and the excitement of it all. The training all the districts have to go through, there are TV appearances, interviews, makeup, dresses. The other Districts have to watch in Horror while their children are danger and the risk of them dying because the other districts are reminded constantly about the Uprising that happened that ended District 13 and why these Games are put on, so all the Districts can learn not to go up against the Capital.
The book is in the POV of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She lost her father in a mining accident years ago and her mother fell into a deep depression and it has been Katniss who has had to feed herself, her younger sister Primrose and the mother by going into the woods hunting animals and selling them at the market, which is off limits.
Her younger sister is chosen at the Reeping to go into the games, but Katniss won't let that happen so she volunteers herself to go instead of Prim.
The boy chosen Peete also the same age go into the Capital with their mentor Haymitch, who was a Hunger Games Winner when he was a boy.
The pear are put to the limits with training. Pushing themselves to breaking point.
The Hunger Games is a valiant book because it's children that are killing and dying. Having said that it is written in a way that you didn't feel that way when you read it. Because it's set in the future and all the districts children that are taking part in the games it is normal for them, because they are used it, we, as the reader are not used to it so it's shocking for us. But that is what I loved about this book. It was shocking, sad and sometimes terrifying but, Katniss makes you rout for her, makes you want her to be the winner even if she has to do something that is shocking.
This year there is a twist in the Hunger Games but, don't get to comfortable this is the Capital and they like their entertainment.
This book made me so tired, it just doesn't stop. I wanted at one time wished I could jump into my kindle and kick some booty at some of the people at the Capital because they were seeing entertainment when really, its a kill or be killed game, and they are children who are being killed or made to kill.
Its a fantastic book even if it sounds really morbid you will not at all be disappointed in this book at all.
Im not the first one to sat this and I'm glad- but WOW! I rank Hunger Games up with Harry Potter and Sophie Mckenzies Missing Trilogy. Actually now I say it, this trilogy and that are very alike- well: Lauren (protagonist in Missing Trilogy) and Katniss (protagonist here) are very alike. So if you, like me, enjoy this book, you might also like that series.
But I'm not reviewing that series now. So lets move on shall we?
Sometime far away in the future, North America has been demolished and in it's place is the thriving country of Panem. A glorious rich Capitol, surrounded by 12 districts. In the early days, the districts, who were made to work, each providing a different comfort for Capitol citizens, rebeled. The Capitol emerged triumphant, and then came The Hunger Games…
Each year, in each district, th reaping, a ceremony in which all children aged 12-18s names are put into a ball and one boy and one girl are selected (known as 'tributes'), is held. Then, the tributes take part in a to-the-death tournament, in an arena that coyld be icy mountains or lush jungle. With the whole coy try watching on TV, the last one standing goes home. This, for the Capitolians, is what you call ENTERTAINMENT…
Katniss is a 16 year old girl living in District 12. When her younger sisters nae is called at the reaping, she volunteers without thinking- Katniss is going to the arena, and the odds of return are not in her favor. She says what could be her final goodbyes to her friends Madge and Gale, to her mother and Prim, her sister. And then she's carted off to the Capitol with male tribute Peeta Mellark, eccentric pink haired escort Effie Trinket and drunk tribute mentor Haymitch Abernathy.
In the few days she spends prepaeing in the Capitol, sheets more unusual people-understanding Cinna, her stylist, Venia, Octavia and Flavius, her prep team, Rue, the shy 12 year old District 11 female tribute, whom Katniss pities as she knows Rue doesn't have a chance, and Caesar Flickdrman, the charming interviewer.
Katniss tris to go it alone in the arena (she's FAB at survival) but soon makes alliances she never wants to break. The arena is terrifying, and Katniss is desperate. Who will make it out ailive? That is for the odds to decide, and they aren't very considerate.
I have to say, this book had me STUNNED and I am yet to watch the film, but still. I really liked Katniss amd Rue. Full of action, adventure and, because we are reading from Katniss's POV, plenty of awful/sad/deep/uplifting mesages in the form of her thoughts. I was gripped form Page 1, and so should everybody else be/have been. The title of my review is a true fact, so that is how much I love this book! Suzanne Collins is the next JK Rowling! If you need a good read, are a Potterhead/Action-Adventure lover/Get bored easily reluctant reader, and are age 10+, male or female, then this is the book for you. I hope you found this helpful and I didn't spoil anything ;-)!!!!!!
The Bookworm On The Hill xxx
PS. All my Bookworm on The Hill reviews can be found on: The Bookworm OnThe Hill website (it doesn't exist yet, as of today, but 1 month from today it probably will. Today being the 22 July 2020, so around 25 August you can visit the web:D )