My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"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, 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." -goodreads.com
I’ve never really done a full review of an audiobook, so this will be quick. This audiobook was excellent! The narrator was amazing in her character portrayals and did a great job in transferring Suzanne Collins tone to her audience. I could feel the suspense and emotions that Katniss went through; I could imagine the scenery and endure the desperation. The plot was filled with rebellion, hope, survival, the passion of unrequited love and debts to be paid. I’m enthused to begin on Catching Fire!
Quotes I took from bookmarking the audiobook:
“The Rules of the Hunger Games are simple:
in punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing, wins.” (part 1, 30:25)
“I can’t help comparing what I have with Gale, to what I’m pretending to have with Peeta. How I never questioned Gale’s motives, while I do nothing but doubt the latter’s. It’s not a fair comparison, really. Gale and I were thrown together by a mutual need to survive. Peeta and I know the other’s survival means our own death.” (part 3, 49:00)
“There’s no way to take revenge on The Capitol, is there? Then I remember Peeta’s words on the roof, ‘only I keep wishing I could think of a way to show The Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their games.’ And for the first time, I understand what he means.” (part 6, 50:00)
Published October 27th 2009 by Scholastic Audio (first published 2008)
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