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.
This special edition audiobook includes a bonus track Q&A with Tatiana Maslany!
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 30 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #401 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Action & Adventure Fiction for Teens
#13 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
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May the odds be ever in your favour. Welcome to The Hunger Games, the literal fight to the death of teenagers, as a way for the Capitol to show it's dominance. Katniss is 16 and is facing her death sentence taking her place in the games, but she's faced death before and won. Without realizing her abilities, Katniss becomes the one to watch in this years Games, and she's ready to prove District 12 shouldn't be counted out.
When I read this book for the first time, it created a world I couldn't imagine ever existing, while breaking my heart. Now, after re-reading it as an adult, living through a current pandemic, this book set me on edge and continue to break my heart. This book takes place on what used to be North America and some days it feels like that may not be too far off. The way the world is, it seems like this book is becoming a bit too close to reality than fiction. However, I loved re-living Katniss' journey and battle, I loved reading the finer details and exploring the tale I may have missed when I was younger. Katniss is tough and fierce, brilliant and loyal. Most of the characters in the novel make you think, but the way Collins' writes her characters makes you interested to know their story and see what becomes of them. Your heart will ache and tear, wondering what else could possibly come next. Definite must read for the whole family.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year's lucky winners from District 12, and what begins as a tv romance to boost ratings turns into real feelings for them both. Peeta has liked Katniss since they were young, but Katniss is usually so focused on survival she doesn't examine her own feelings or notice how others feel about her. It turns out her best friend and hunting partner, Gale, also has feelings for her and there becomes a "Team Peeta" vs "Team Gale" debate within the reader.
Katniss outsmarts the game rules and as a result both her and Peeta are the winners of this year's Hunger Games. What she considered just trying to survive ignites and fuels the rebellion already brewing in many districts. Panem's president is not pleased, and we are left knowing that survival for Katniss will no longer be just about food.
I could not walk away from this story - not since Harry Potter has a story so captivated me. Maybe it's the horrible injustice, maybe it's the love triangle, maybe it's the story of how survival outweighs the consequences of society's rules - whatever it is, I couldn't wait to begin the next book.
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I'd never once in my life read books and watched the movie/series based on the book. I've always done either (apart from game of thrones which I've since picked up).
I was absolutely in love with the films and I've watched them all in a binge over a weekend several times. Absolutely adored them. But a friend of mine told me to read the books, he insisted and said I'd see the story in a completely different light.
And he was right! This first book (just reading the second one now) is incredible, the story is so detailed, everything makes sense, no plot line is unresolved, the author knows about planting and payoff. The fact that it's written in the first person, present tense, makes it all the more exciting. Even though I'd seen the movies several times and knew what was coming, the book kept me on edge and anxious and excited.
It could definitely have been made into a long running HBO series. I've rewatched the first film right after putting down the book and changed my mind, the film is just "meh". It's hard to tell a story this detailed in 2h.
I highly recommend reading the books. I read it in 2 mornings, couldn't put it down. If you're a faster reader than me, take a Sunday, turn your phone off and enjoy!
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.
If I read it in my teens, it would have haunted me for years. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my young nieces and nephews reading it, because some younger children may be disbursed by the whole concept of the hunger games and what they entail.
Although this series is marketed for mainly "teens/young adults", it is such a compelling, well written story that it can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. The way the story topics intertwined, making you think about slavery, politics, oppression, war, it's causes and the everyday life of a (semi) drafted soldier, and, obviously, love, is just incredible! I couldn't put the trilogy down! All three books were read in about 2 and a half/3 days. If the author ever wanted to write the story from Peetas perspective, I would read it in a heartbeat, and I think it would be very highly sought in general. Also, Haymitchs full backstory would be an amazing read too. Next up is "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", and I can't wait to read that too!
In short: If you like other "teen" novels, then I HIGHLY recommend this series!!
Just in case it isn't clear, lol, I LOVE IT!!!!!