By

Read By

Kristen Potter

Length

10 hrs and 34 mins

Audiobook Review

The Hunger

Genre(s)

Alma Katsu

Overall
Performance

Horror and history seamlessly combined.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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A haunting re-imagining of this true story. It's incredibly detailed and, while I'm no expert, I know enough about the Donner party to know that much of it is based in fact. The horror elements are carefully woven in amidst the real characters and events. I'd say Katsu achieves this flawlessly.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

Kristin Potter's mesmerising read brings to mind the casting of a spell, which matches exactly with Katsu's gradual building of tension. She's an excellent narrator, but one person is not enough to do this book justice. It has a vast cast of characters and it’s hard to keep up with everything that's going on. It would have been easier with at least one more narrator as this would provide audio clues as to the change of narrative,

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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The delicate creepiness of Shirley Jackson's style comes to mind.
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ABOUT

The Hunger

THE BLURB

After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented, the other untested but rumoured to be shorter.

Donner’s decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive, and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the natural elements, to something more primal and far more deadly.

Based on the true story of the Donner Party, The Hunger is an eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of human nature pushed to its breaking point.