Should you get The Hunger Games audiobook and listen to it on your iPad? Well, we think so.
The Bottom Line
This is a great story that anyone can enjoy. It’s not just for teens or women, but it’s a great listen for everyone I’ve met. So, I strongly suggest you give it a try.
The Hunger Games story line seems to combine the concept of reality TV, war and sending kids off into battle to fight for us. The author, Suzanne Collins, used those concepts as an inspiration for the book series.
The Hunger Games is the first of three books in the series. The other two books are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
In this first book, we meet Katniss who is the heroine for the entire series. Katniss is self reliant, and can be both fierce and loving. She ends up volunteering to go to the Hunger Games to save her sister from the terrible fight that is the games. Peeta is the other tribute that comes from Katniss’s district. He is both Katniss’s enemy and ally. They will fight together, but then must fight each other as there can only be one survivor of the Games.
Together, Katniss and Peeta, will face all the tributes from each of the other districts. 24 tributes in all, one girl and one boy from each of the districts. There would be 26, but one district was obliterated by the Capital forces in the war.
The games are the price the Capital has imposed on the Districts to make sure the districts understand the price of rebellion. These tributes are put into an arena constructed just for the games and must fight each other to the death. That last tribute standing at the end of the day is treated like a hero and given a privileged life from there on.
The book follows Katniss and Peeta in their adventure to the games. There is drama, action, romance, death and betrayal.
Similar to the Twilight series there is also a love triangle involving Katniss, Peeta and Katniss’s hunting buddy Gail. (Luckily there are no vampires or werewolves to worry about.) It is clear that Katniss has a very strong friendship with Gail, who she asks to care for her family in her absence. Gail must watch the drama of the games like everyone else, and when Katniss and Peeta use their relationship to help them in the games, Gail must endure their romance. It must be hard for him. And it’s clear from the story that Katniss’s true feelings run deep for Gail, but it is Peeta that she must fight with and fight against.
In the games, we meet the other tributes from the other districts. Some are trained killers and others are just regular people like Katniss and Peeta.
Katniss however shows herself to have skills to hunt and fight and look after herself. With help from Peeta and some of the other tributes she fights deep into the games.
I really can’t go much farther or it would spoil the book. But I will say the twists and turns keep coming right up to the very end.
Suzanne Collins is the author of The Hunger Games. Ms. Collins has written a number of books including Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Suzanne Collins had a great career writing TV shows for children. Her experience includes work tiwh Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, both of which were on Nickelodeon. In addition The Hunger Games series, Ms Collins has also written a five book series called The Underland Chronicles which are written for middle-grade readers. Her focus on understanding coming of age amid a violent surrounding helped inspire her work with this series.
Ms Collins is the best selling Kindle author ever and leads the pack with the most highlighted sections of Kindle books.
The narrator for the Hunger Games series, is a wonderful actress who has appeared on Law & Order and and has performed a number other books to turn them into audiobooks that play on iPads and other devices.
Her name is Carolyn McCormick. She is an alumni of Williams College and The American Conservatory Theater.
In addition to the Hunger Games series, Ms. McCormick has narrated a number of other audiobooks, including Sweetheart: A Thriller , The 8th Confession: The Women’s Murder Club, Long After Midnight and a number of James Patterson books.
The book was published by Scholastic Press in September of 2008.
The Hunger Games has also been turned into a feature film that was released in 2012. With three more movies planned on the saga.
The films history dates back to 2009 when Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a production agreement for the book with a production company called Color Force, which as started by Nina Jacobson. Color Force had just acquired the rights to the make the movie version of the book in the week s before they teamed up with Lions Gate.
Lions Gate had been a money losing company and had to raid other films to come up with the $88 million dollars that it would take to make the movie. Based on the results, it sure was worth the investment on their part.
Jennifer Lawrence, an attractive 20 year old actress, was picked to for the Katniss Everdeen role and she leads an all star cast in one of the best movies of 2012. Lawrence was a bit older than the book character, but played the role well and was very believable as Katniss.
Based on the success of the first movie, we are sure to see the other two books turned into movies as well. The other two books have loads of action, fighting, love and war in them, so it should provide ample material for more movies. And I can easily imagine that they will keep the series going beyond the three books as there are probably lots of other stories that can be fit into the Hunger Games framework.