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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Elizabeth Shrewsbury, MA, United States 03-19-12
    Elizabeth Shrewsbury, MA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read for Adults too!"

    This was a great book! One that you dont want to end - really interesting characters and great story. Premise is odd at first but the authors imagination is so good that you look past the horrendousness of the event that brings them there. I am not a kid - 42 Years old. I like Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, and the occasional best seller that is recommended to me so this had to be a good read for me to even write this comment! Get it - you will not be disappointed.

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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 03-19-12
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 03-19-12

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "No catnap for Katniss"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The story gets you from the beginning. I can't wait to hear Part 2. Will definitely see the movie now.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Maybe the Harry Potter series. The books have a serious game in each one, full of twists and turns.


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

    Katniss


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

    When Katniss is thinking about her sister and friend Gale back home with the thought that she may never see them again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book bristles with excitement. Descriptive in every detail you are going along Katniss's journey with her with every twist, turn and challenge she encounters.

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    AEL Grand Junction, CO United States 03-18-12
    AEL Grand Junction, CO United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm an avid reader who doesn't have much time to actually read, now that I am also a mom. Love that so many great books are on audio now!

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    "Great audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I don't know since I did not read the print version, but the narrator was great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Loved the developing of the relationship between Katniss & Peeta.


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

    I felt like I could picture many of the characters well. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rhu, Hamich...it's hard to have a favorite!


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

    There was certainly some horror at what the Hunger Games really are. It's an unbelievable thing to think about children enduring that.


    Any additional comments?

    Collins really paints their world and the characters well.

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    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 03-17-12
    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Meets my "really liked" test"

    Usually, I listen to Audible books while I'm driving or out and about. I know I really like a book when I sit at home listening to it unable to put it down. Once into the "games," that was the case with this book. I listened until I finished the book, which in some ways is unfortunate. It's three days before I get my credits and can buy the sequels to the first book. At least, I know how I'll spend my credits.

    While, for my tastes, the book could be spiced up some with a little "foul" language in appropriate places and with a little more sex, it was "Audible for Kids," after all. What I'm trying to say, is although I'm an adult and I appreciate adult fiction, this book certainly kept me entertained, especially when the action started.

    The only objection I had was that I didn't really feel the angst of the kids that were tributes. I don't know whether that was just me, because of the way the author wrote them, or because of how the narrator played them. I think any kids entering a game from which only one could exit alive, would be under more stress and feel more anxiety than I felt from them in this book.

    Still, an excellent listen, minus one star for the narrator for my perceived lack of emotion on her part, but maybe, that was instead the author's fault. I haven't read the book, so I can't compare the two different mediums.

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    Amazon Customer 03-17-12
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    "Great story, well written and Presented"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a simple story that allows you to become part of it. There are soooo many


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn allows you to become part of the book.


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

    Yes, and we did... the whole series.


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    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Don't be turned off by the hype-it's actually good"

    I'm factoring in the fact that this is a YA book in giving it such a high rating. There are some plot holes and twists telegraphed in an unsubtle fashion that I'd consider amateurish in adult sci-fi, but for a book aimed at teenagers, I can forgive them. (Hell, I like Harry Potter...)

    That said, you should know that this is a book in which children are forced to fight each other to the death, and while because it's a YA novel, the violence isn't described in graphic detail, it's still quite grim.

    Others have noted that the premise is not original: "Battle Royale" and "The Running Man" have covered similar ground, though aimed at older audiences.

    I liked it: although a few parts of the story and the society stretched my credulity, the author carried off a rare combination of dark satire and gritty realism, and the characterization was quite good. The heroine is a bit dense at times, but she's a teenager, so that's not wholly unbelievable. Other than that, she was an engaging, sympathetic, and believable character. I found most of the characters to be quite well developed (although a few were, deliberately, almost caricatures).

    There aren't a lot of surprises in this book, but even when the expected happened, my stomach was in knots waiting for it. The author gives us a rather ambiguous ending demanding further resolution: both for the main character's personal relationships, and the horrible, dystopian nature of the society in which she lives.

    I gave it five stars because I started on the sequel right away to find out what happens next, and because at the end of the story, I really cared about Katniss Everdeen and her loved ones. However, the 5 star rating still got a bit of a boost due to my affection for the series; it's not a perfect book. Very good, though. Also, I have to say that while Carolyn McCormick's narration was fine, at times I thought she was a little too tween-y.

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    Amy Towson, MD, United States 03-16-12
    Amy Towson, MD, United States 03-16-12
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    "Awesome story and perfect for audible listeners."
    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    twilight


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

    no, but I never want to listen to a whole story in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for audible use. Not all books translate well for audio listeners but Hunger Games does.

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    Trisha United States 03-16-12
    Trisha United States 03-16-12
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    "Excellent Story, So-So Reader"

    I chose to listen to this story rather than read it because I just don't have time to read all the stuff I want to read, and this seemed to be a fast and enjoyable story. I did like the story a lot. But I must say I was disappointed by the reader. The main character, Katness, is a 16-17 year old girl, but the reader sounds like she's about 50 or 60. One would think this doesn't matter, it's just a reader...but that this book is written in first person present, it's jarring to hear an older woman with a hint of a British accent reading for a 16 year old girl. Especially considering that the book contains a great amount of bloody violence, the reader's mature poise just seems.....wrong.

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    J-Hay 03-15-12
    J-Hay 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Film and Television Producer.

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    "Great story!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy made current.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    When katniss is going to eat the berries.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Carolyn is a wonderfully talented reader that breaths life into these books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The girl who was on fire.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a strong story but the reading leave and pros are a bit simplistic. But it is defiantly candy reading.

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    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12
    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    It was a great story. Kept me wondering what was going to happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like science fiction, and the idea of a weird twisted post-apocalyptic future.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    This was my first audio book, so I don't know what to expect when listening to a book. Carolyn put a lot of feeling into the reading. I really enjoyed the job she did.


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

    Yes, I could hardly get anything else done.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a GREAT first experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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