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The Hunger Games | [Suzanne Collins]

The Hunger Games

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 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 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - The best-selling Hunger Games trilogy is, without a doubt, a cultural force. She probably didn’t know it at the time, but in writing her series Suzanne Collins set the standard for YA dystopian adventures. Dystopian fiction wasn’t new of course, but something about this trilogy really sparked the imagination of young readers, setting the stage for a plethora of new young adult books to enter the market. If you’re interested at all in this increasingly popular genre, this Essential is the perfect gateway book. —Emily

Publisher's Summary

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 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 12 and 18 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.

©2008 Suzanne Collins; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[The Hunger Games] is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading." (Stephen King, Entertainment Tonight)

"I was so obsessed with this book that I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." (Stephanie Meyer)

"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." John Green, (New York Times Book Review)

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 03-27-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 03-27-12

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "The Book Deserves The Hype"

    I listened all 11 hours and 14 minutes of this book in one sitting! Seriously.... Onnneee SIITTTIIINNGGGG!!!!!! I have never done that to an audiobook before. Heck I have had audiobooks that are 3 - 5 hours long that took me a week! This book took me one day and I bet if I had the actual paperback I would have finished this book in about half the time. Why? It was downright addictive!

    My only drawback, as almost everyone else has stated, is the narration. It wasn't horrible by any chance, it was done very well actually. It is obvious that Carolyn McCormick who voiced Katniss does know how to deliver a great performance. With that being said though, a better choice could have been made to voice her. Someone younger or at least sounded younger could probably have done a better job. Carolyn McCormick did though did a very good job irrespectively.

    The story, the story is where this book shine! Any book that can bring me back to a 15/16 year old me spending all day/evening/night engrossed in one book deserves my utmost praise. In fact when I was watching the sun rise as I finished the closing minutes of the book (I stayed up all night listening to the book) I couldn't help but chuckle wondering what my mother would say if she knew I was still sacrificing sleep for the sake of a good book, lol. It was action packed with a fair amount of surprises. Had some gut-wrenching moments and you just plain get to start loving and bonding with each character. The ending of the book leaves you downright begging for more though and I literally am just gearing myself up for another assault on Book 2 in this series. I can see another all nighter looming ever so closer in my future...

    104 of 110 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-08-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-08-10 Member Since 2008

    Holly

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    "One of the Best in Fiction"

    It is not unusual these days to find a book written for the young adult that has appeal to an older audience. Some of the best fiction these days is in the young adult genre. The Hunger Games falls into this category. Katniss and Peeta are District 12 children, aged 16, who are selected to participate in Panem's annual hunger games. 22 other tributes/contestants are also drawn - 12 boys and 12 girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The objective for the tributes is to be the last one standing. The objective of Panem is to remind all districts that they may not rebel against the Capitol. The book is about the games themselves. If the reader is looking for a fast paced, action driven, gory, bloody plot, this is not the book. The violence of the games is not masked by Collins, but she treats it in a PG13 way, alluding at certain events that cause the deaths of the tributes. After all, it is written for the PG13 audience, not for the mature adult. But certainly a young adult sees and hears far worse on the evening news. The action of the book is far more about strategy, problem solving, critical thinking, relationship building, and the wisdom, or not, of rebelling and why. These are the common themes that young adults face in the teenage years. But they are couched in a plot that contemporaries can relate to. This cleverly created book is well written with good character development. It is respectably read by McCormick and easy to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone and have purchased it and the sequel (the final book in the trilogy will be available in print 8/2010) for two young adults I know. I have also recommended it to my adult friends, who were quite puzzled by my droopy eyes all week as I stayed up until 2:30 or later in the mornings reading the book. Although they know I am a voracious reader, they recognized this as a highly unusual book that fully engaged my attention.

    169 of 186 people found this review helpful
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    Ernest Modarelli 01-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed that it had to end. More please."

    I have listened to hundreds of Audio books, in a variety of category's, so much so that I am never able to stay within my 2 credits a month. I have never written a review for a book before, but I never decide to listen to a book without heavily considering what the reviews have said about it. I find that the reviews by other listeners are almost always spot on and are very reliable. That is why I felt compelled to review this book.


    The hunger games violates all of the rules I have set as criteria for selecting a book. I rarely listen to a series of books and I am not usually a big sci-fi fan. Additionally I am weary of books geared towards young girls, as I don't want to waste a credit on something like Twilight. When I saw that this book had been given almost five stars by over 2000 people I knew it deserved a closer look. When I read the synopses I was skeptical especially since I had just finished Decision Points by George Bush, and was looking for something similar. When I noticed that every single review on the first page was enthusiastically positive I could not resist.
    The reviews set the bar high, and the book itself not only met but exceed my expectations. This book and the entire trilogy had me completely absorbed. At certain points in the book I found myself yelling at the characters, at other times I was stopped dead in my tracks and dropped my jaw in shock, and finally I even cried. As I neared the end of the last book I had regretted ever listening to them at all. I loved these books so much that I am now disappointed that the journey is over. I now have to begin the search to try and find an audio-book capable of filling the void left in my life by life by Katniss Everdeen and Suzanne Collins
    If you love books, and love to get wrapped up in an amazing story that will have you looking forward to every opportunity to listen, Then you need this book.

    66 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 10-25-11
    Bonny 10-25-11 Member Since 2009

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "Celebrity, morality, justice, and humanity"

    I'm so glad that I finally succumbed to reading this after the whole series was published so I could start Catching Fire immediately! That's exactly what I had to do, and I'm sure that will be the case with Mockingjay. I resisted reading this because I was afraid it would be far too dystopian, science fiction, and YA for me (I'm well into my 50s), but Collins has managed to write a series that will appeal to the intended audience and adults as well. The Hunger Games has a taut, dramatic and thought-provoking storyline, but it also deals with much bigger questions of celebrity, morality, justice, and humanity. I used to work in a middle school library and I'm debating returning for a visit to make sure as many students (and staff!) read this as possible. The premise of the book itself is horrifying, but I hope that it will provoke thoughtfulness about the striking similarities between Panem and our own culture.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Homewood, AL, United States 01-02-10
    Laura Homewood, AL, United States 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic Listening for ALL ages!!!"

    This may be listed as a book for adolescents, but as a 33-year-old woman who isn't generally fond of Sci Fi, I can assure you that this novel is a terrific listen for ANYONE. I would award it more stars if I could. I am an avid fan of audiobooks and have had difficulty pausing many of my listens from audible, but I absolutely had to listen to this one nonstop - no choice. I literally paused my life for this book.
    From the opening scenes in the dystopic former U.S. where 16-year-old Katniss has to grapple for her family's survival on a daily basis to the heart-stopping scenes in the arena in the Hunger Games, the action never lets up. The strategy and conflict involved in the brutal gladiator-style combat are stark relief to the story of Katniss herself and her unlikely ally - and love interest - Peeta. The narration, while at first a little off-putting because it doesn't sound like a 16-year-old girl, turns out to be spot-on and a perfect complement to the story.
    In short, I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'll probably listen to it again before too long. I usually listen to crime novels and historicals, but this book easily outpaced the most nail-biting crime novel I've ever read. Use your credit - get it, get it now.

    82 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    Larry D 04-04-10
    Larry D 04-04-10

    PC Larry

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    "Absolutely!"

    OK, you are like me... you are reading this to see if you should use a credit! Yes, yes, yes! I was leery at first because I'm 53 and it was young adult... and a gruesome premise!!!! Hmmmmmmm! But it's so worth it! I read the criticisms of the narrator but don't feel she was bad at all! Our county is doing a promotion to get everyone in the county to read the same book. You get to vote for the book online! Of course, the classics were on there like "Great Gatsby", but they did have two new ones like "The Book Thief" (definitely get this one, too) and "The Hunger Games". I was torn between the two, but voted for "The Hunger Games" because I think it will grab young readers! GO USE YOUR CREDIT!!! :)

    102 of 116 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 02-22-13
    Jessica 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could Not Stand this Narrator"

    First I'd like to say that I have now read all 3 Hunger Games novels and loved them all. I had to read them on my kindle because I simply couldn't stand this narrator. Her voice absolutely grated on my nerves. I was only able to make it through 1 chapter before her babyish rendition of Katniss turned me off completely.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy vallejo, CA, USA 10-18-08
    Nancy vallejo, CA, USA 10-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "You'll hunger for this book"

    For being targeted at a YA audience, this book is surprisingly brutal, but in a good way. There is violence, murder, betrayal, and everything else inherent in a gladiatorial fight to the death. That said, "The Hunger Games" was absolutely riveting. Collins does not pull any punches in saving beloved characters from horror and pain, and she also occasionally pulls the rug out from under your feet. In true series preparation the ending ends on a cliffhanger, making me drool for book number two...

    I recomend it to anyone. I could not help pondering over this story long after I had finished it. I was surprised at the thought that entered my mind how far would I go to stay alive?Or, how far would I go to keep someone I loved alive?

    Absolutely brilliant!!!

    64 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Austin, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Ross Austin, TX, United States 10-26-11
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    "Carolyn McCormick's voice just doesn't work"

    I loved the story, but Carolyn McCormick's voice nearly ruined it for me. When she tried to do a little girl's voice, it sounded cartoonish and it grated my nerves. It was awful. When she tried to make the characters' voices sound surprised, she over played it and startled me each time. It sounds like she should be doing children's books.

    If she is the voice for the rest of these books, I'll buy the paperbacks instead.

    119 of 141 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 12-13-12
    Denise 12-13-12 Member Since 2009

    I use audiobooks to keep myself awake on my 40 min drive to work. If I start dozing, the book gets ditched. I am not a re-reader of books. In order to get a rating of 5 on "story" a novel needs to be engaging and be novel-study worthy (unless it is so entertaining, I listen to it again). I don't review books that I don't finish.

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    "A Middle-Aged Voice Reading a Teenager?????"

    I read The Hunger Games before I endured the pain of this audio recording. I could not put the paper copy down, but I had a difficult time listening to it on audio. It saddens me to think of the first-timers who will miss out on the full experience of The Hunger Games because of the inappropriate voice used to portray Katniss! Read this one on your own first!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    3/25/14
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    "Stay with it."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Ripping political yarn


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance starts really quite poorly, it sounds like someone reading out loud in GCSE class, but once the story gets going so does the performance. Get past the first five minutes and the performance is rather good.The other issue is that the chapters don't appear as seperate tracks on my ipod, meaning that if I press the wrong button, I have work out how far through a five hour reading I've got and then spend a long time forwarding the audio until I get to the right point. Which is frustrating,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia
    BEWDLEY, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "The Hunger Games review"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the audiobook, fantastic story


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 to, and why?

    The others in the trilogy, a great idea.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    NO! Please please please have an english version. The American accent was awful and so hard to understand.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many many moments


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    CULLOMPTON, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "Didn't like the story line or the narration"
    Would you try another book written by Suzanne Collins or narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    I don't think so.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If you like things that are disturbing, you'd probably enjoy this!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    No, I didn't enjoy it.


    Could you see The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Um....


    Any additional comments?

    Not for me, although I think it's a love it or hate it type story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
    12/23/13
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    "Got this for my daughters first audiable book"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling ..brilliant ..excellent


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was very theatrical had a lot of passion behind it ..it had me Engadged ..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Totally recommend this book it's so good.. nail biting it had me in the edge of my seat and the ending is the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Book 1 of 3"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Once you get used to the accent this is a very enjoyable audiobook. The story takes you into another world and you empathise with the characters. You don't necessarily like the main character, she is flawed, which makes the story easier to identify with.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have gone on to listen to the other two books in the trilogy after listening to the first.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The story is detailed to enable you to enter their world and experience the exciting and tragic events that take place.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator can at times be a bit too 'girly' which contrasts with the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Leadgate, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "great way to get kids reading the books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to a friend because my son would not try the books, but had the audio and went on to read the books straight through


    What did you like best about this story?

    fast moving, lots of action, female hero, good questions about love and violence


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    sounded just right


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all the deaths of the competitors ar emoving


    Any additional comments?

    great well worth the money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matteo
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Well narrated, involving story, easy listen"
    Where does The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle. Not usually the genre I listen to, but it was easy listening while walking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1?

    I thought it was much better and a bit darker than the blockbuster movie. More involving as the Catlin's rhoughts were better described and that gives a rounder understanding of the story.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Clear and understandable, it lacked a bit of pathos but was overall good.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Teens grow up fast and handle murder and death better than expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to listen to and great for long walks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Dyet
    West Lothian, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Intense Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book print version I would like to think it was word for word accurate with the print version. I prefer audibles as I recline or am flat on my back due to condition so audibles are far better for me as holding a book used to be hard and often lost grip an smacked self on face with books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a superb first story, full of drama, action and excitement, a very well written character who you instantly bond with, despite her edgy persona.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narraters voice was offputing to start with there was little in passion in the voice sort of constant robotic like tone in the characters, she sometimes gets the tone or thinking behind some of the speech wrong too (perhaps if she listens to Stephen Fry she would learn a lot). However you get enthralled in the story that you forget about this niggle but every so often it reappears.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sadly no I am not the best for long periods listening so I do short burts mainly and can take me weeks sometimes to finish a read


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to start the 2nd book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
    London, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Hunger Games"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant

    Unique

    Page Turner


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 to, and why?

    No Idea


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favourite?

    She brought Peter to life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just loved it - so happy with the ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "More immersive than the films"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Passionate, stark, dystopian


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 to, and why?

    I am reminded of; "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and "1984", for the gritty oppressive and technology driven futures that mankind has built for themselves. It is also very reminiscent of ancient Rome, particularly Julius Caesar (the character names and the structure of Panem, this perhaps alludes to what may happen in the following books).


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    The narration was well composed, I did feel that she was sometimes a little too old to voice Katniss, but it worked quite well regardless.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It has already been done, and very well! I am surprised how close the book/audio representation matches the films.


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend this, the book (and following books) seem to mature as the story blooms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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