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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Scholastic Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Oct. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQBDWS
The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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I started reading the first book on Sunday morning and by Sunday night I had completely devoured it. My housework did not get completed and dinner was more than a bit late. Where on earth was this series hiding and why had I not heard of it before now?
The whole story is so well thought out, rounded characters, brilliant use of the English Language, imaginative and simply an enthralling pleasure to read. Don't be fooled that these books are aimed at Teens - I'm 32 and loved it. I loved it so much that I downloaded the other two books in the series immediately - I had to find out what happens to the characters and follow them on their quest. I had a bit of a late night Sunday and then during my hour lunch break for the next couple of days finished the second book which is just as captivating. I'm starting the third tonight, but am sure I will be sad to see it end.
If you only read one book this year, please make it this one - you really won't be disappointed. I can't stop raving about these books to my friends and colleagues and I had to come on here and write a review to tell you to read it too!
Hunger Games is set in the future where North America has been turned into a country called Panem, separated into 12 districts and the Capitol. As if constant hunger wasn't bad enough, the districts are constantly reminded of the "Dark Days", when they rebelled against the Capitol, by punishing their children in the Hunger Games. Every year each District must send one boy and one girl to the Capitol to take part in these Games where they must fight each other to their deaths. The winner is the child who comes out alive, having presumably killed all the others. The Hunger Games is reality TV at its very extreme; mere entertainment for the wealthy and pampered residents of the Captitol, but torturous for the Districts, who have to watch their children year by year go off to the Capitol to be killed.
This book starts on the day of the Reeping, where the teenagers who will enter the Games are chosen at random throughout the districts. We follow Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl of District 12. Katniss has been scarred deeply by the death of her father in a mining disaster several years ago and since then has been breaking the laws of Panem by hunting animals in the forest in order to feed her starving family. You can't help but feel for Katniss, who has lost so much and tries so hard to care for her family, and when her little sister Prim is chosen in the Reeping, you can understand why she volunteers to take her place.Read more ›
In a near and dark future the bit of our world that we know as North America is now Panem. At its centre is The Capitol and around it are 12 Districts, each devoted to a different industry (such as mining or farming). But once there were was a District 13. This District was destroyed in an uprising against the President and his controllers. The result of this rebellion is that each year the remaining Districts must watch a son and a daughter fight to the death in front of their eyes in some kind of obscene reality television show called The Hunger Games. Two children, aged between 12 and 18, are put into an artificial environment, given limited weapons and food, and are aggravated and teased and prodded and goaded into slaughtering the others - or at least those who do not die of hunger or dehydration or mishap - until just one survives. This entertainment has been crafted with rituals and careful design into something appallingly oppressive yet ornate that mocks the fact that its victims are young and frightened children.
Our heroine is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen from the grottiest and poorest of the Districts, the twelfth. She is placed into the Games not because her name was called in the lottery but because the name that was called was that of her 12-year-old sister.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only worth reading if you're planning on reading the whole trilogy. SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE FILMS.Published 3 hours ago by Steve Lynch
Really enjoyed the re read. found the book as enjoyable as the first time round. Looking forward to reading it again in a couple of years.Published 1 day ago by Steve Davies
I didnt think id like this, but I am surprised. it was a really good readPublished 2 days ago by our bev
My teenage nieces lent me the film which I enjoyed so thought I'd try the book especially as it's in Kindle Unlimited. A great holiday read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cathy Murray
Fab and gripping book. Ideal for teen-readers. Strong female lead good to see.Published 4 days ago by Mr C
Great read. Really exciting keeps you on the edge of your seat. Love these booksPublished 5 days ago by Josephine Dolphin
Ok. Not quite what I was expecting. Was not suckered in to buy the other to books to find out the end of the story.
Shame they could not put it all in one book.