Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Audiobook Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Narrator: Carolyn McCormick
Unabridged Length: 11 hrs, 14 mn.
Here is a summary of the book from the Goodreads website:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve 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 twelve and eighteen 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 Primrose, 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I am not one to hop on the bandwagon of popular fiction, but my friend Miranda said that I HAVE to listen to this audiobook! I have to admit that I didn't really know anything about this book when I checked it out at the library, so it turned into a pleasant surprise.
Collins immerses us into a dystopian society that was formerly North America, but is now known as Panem. The time of the annual Hunger Games is approaching as everyone prepares to attend the Reaping. All citizens are required to attend the Reaping, where they will choose each Districts representatives that will participate in the games.
As you can tell from the summary above, young Prim is selected from her District, but that is when Katniss comes forward to take her place in the games. It takes a courageous girl to step forward knowing that it is very possible she will be murdered because of her decision. A boy and girl from each District will be chosen to participate, and the games will not be over until there is only one child standing.
When the games actually begin, I think I turned into a nervous wreck as I listened to this audio. It was very intense as these young people are forced to murder in order to stay alive. We see how Katniss herself deals with these conflicting feelings that arise as she fights for her own survival.
I am not going to tell you any more about this book, except that it was amazing! I know that this book is considered a young adult novel, but obviously readers of all ages have found enjoyment from it. With themes of survival, honor, trust, and family, there really is something that will appeal to just about everyone. I don't hesitate in recommending this novel to just about anyone I know.
My Rating: 5/5
Disclosure: I borrowed this audiobook from the library for my own listening entertainment.