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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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    Cheryl Belle Ewart, Ontario, Canada 03-22-12
    Cheryl Belle Ewart, Ontario, Canada 03-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story line"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Excellent plot line to story


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

    Arriving at the capital and seeing it for the first time


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Listening was easy


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

    I wasn't surprised but was unhappy when Roo(not sure how her name is spelled) died & Catnice held her in her arms.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing of the story was not well done. However I believe this book is written for a younger crowd and if so the writing is very suitable. The plot is excellent and I will listen to the other 2 books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-22-12

    dia

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    "Excellent book more on the mature side"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Audio book narrated beautifully.
    You will bond with one or more charachters people in the book.
    If your kid reads this book, he will most likely read the second and third; know they will have real-world stuff in here, down to imagry reflecting ethnic cleansing.


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

    Very unique book. Back-end politics like Star Wars , teen romance and WWII Europe history. Strange mix.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Consistent.


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

    The bread scene stuck in my head. Sienna's quiet responses.


    Any additional comments?

    When I got through with the first two books.... I still think Dad didn't get killed in the mine! I was expecting him to pop up and say,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Boulder, CO, United States 03-21-12
    Thomas Boulder, CO, United States 03-21-12
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    "Wrong narrater for the story"

    The narrator is a middle-aged woman, the heroine is a teenage girl. The narrator reads very clearly but a first-person story needs a narrator who sounds like the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Ithaca, NY, United States 03-21-12
    Carla Ithaca, NY, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great book, annoying narrator"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I love this story but I can't bear another second of listening to this narrator and since she's the narrator for the other two books I'm buying the paperbacks.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator's performance was artificial, grating, and way too intrusive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla DeMello 03-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great book, annoying narrator"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I love this story but I can't bear another second of listening to this narrator and since she's the narrator for the other two books I'm buying the paperbacks.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator's performance was artificial, grating, and way too intrusive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer IOWA CITY, IA, United States 03-20-12
    Jennifer IOWA CITY, IA, United States 03-20-12
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a fast paced read and was thrilling yet character development was good. Would recommend to everyone.


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

    The berries


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I was emotionally involved in this book and could not stop listening. I wanted to laugh and cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 03-20-12
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 03-20-12 Member Since 2014

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    ""Really great story, can't let go""

    Although you will find so many links to other storyline such as the Twilight saga... there's such a powerful critic to capitalism and even a warning message on what entertainment might lead us to... I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen College Place, WA, United States 03-20-12
    Stephen College Place, WA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Solid read."

    The Positive:
    This book incorporates a number of tropes from a number of very interesting previous works. The game feels an awful lot like The Truman Show in its production and distribution. Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" seems to have inspired the selection process. While this may seem a negative, it shows an ability for Collins to take used tropes and reinvent them for her own purposes. The descriptive language is not overwrought and for the most part she avoids awkward societal elements that would come across as unbelievable. It is daring in it's presentation of violence acted out by and acted upon adolescents.

    The Negative:
    The first, and perhaps the biggest flaw of this work, is that the daring presentation of violence acted out by and acted upon adolescents seems to lend itself more toward playing up the romantic aspects of the novel rather than focusing on the delivery of a deeper theme. Though the main character talks much about the psychological and emotional aspects to the flawed societal construct, the author misses the opportunity to make the story a true commentary on human nature, and rather makes the story a commentary on the confused notions of adolescent romantic notions. The book begins to bear a disturbing resemblance to Survivor, or Big Brother. There are times when the story telegraphs too clearly coming plot twists. There are changes in the game that feel like soft plot manipulation and the end of the story does an emotional hairpin turn that fails to provide a sense of cohesion between the ending of the story and the vast majority of its plot line.

    In Closing:
    A worth-while read with some minor flaws. I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LUCY Canada 03-20-12
    LUCY Canada 03-20-12 Member Since 2015

    warrior mom

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    "without a doubt one of the best"
    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    nothing campares to this book, very orginial, great hook


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    while I liked her performance, her voice was a little old for the role


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Richmond, VA, United States 03-20-12
    Julia Richmond, VA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Just another twenty-something who listens to books instead of interacting with the outside world.

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    "Needs a more suitable narrator."

    I love this book more than I can even hope to describe. The commentary on the way our world is heading is haunting and effective. The sheer amount of senseless cruelty is what makes this book so frightening and real. My only problem with this audio book is Carolyn McCormick, I really wish they would have gotten the woman from Winter's Bone and Divergent to read this. McCormick's voice just sounds too old for the majority of the character's especially Katniss. She did well with Effie and the others from the Capitol, but her voice was too proper to be realistic for a teenager from the Appalachian region. That doesn't mean I am saying I wanted the full on southern accent that the region is known for, seeing as this would be hundreds of years from now and the accent would probably be less prevalent, but I feel that at least a bit of it would remain, like the sound of the a's and i's. I feel like the people of District 12 would sound much more rugged, and most of them would probably have black lung from working the mines. At some points, McCormick almost sounded British, which really bugged me. I'm sure she is a great narrator, but I don't think this book was a good fit for her voice. Other than that I loved the book, but I kind of wish I had read it instead of listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    4/25/12
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    "The Hunger Games"

    The narrators voice is incredibly annoying, not enough emotion in her voice at all. Very flat and grating. Such a shame as there is over 10hours of her talking but I'm not sure if I can listen to the whole book!! Great story ruined by the narrator who puts no passion into her narrating. Such a shame, very disappointed.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Thom
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    10/24/11
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    "Young Adult?"

    I never did understand the need to squeeze book (or any other media or art form) into genres such as 'Young Adult' or 'Teen'. I am 48 years old and thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series. A such is the same for The Hunger Games. A well written (and in this case narrated) book I have just finished Part 1 of the Audio Book and am looking forward to the second part.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    7/1/13
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    "Brilliant & addictive."

    I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
    Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
    The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
    The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.

    I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.

    I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
    From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Neath, United Kingdom
    9/4/12
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    "Loved the book so much more than the Film"

    It was the publicity surrounding the release of the DVD that got me interested in listening to this book, What a great decision that was, the book is very well read and had me gripped from the moment it began.
    I sped through the story in a couple of days, it was a truely captivating with the characters coming alive in the mind.
    The story of poverty and oppression has been done before but this seemed so refreshing to have it done so well, I am really looking forward to the second and third books that I also have downloaded from Audible.
    Today I watched the DVD and whilst it was enjoyable it did not do the book justice.
    But this is a review of the book and as such it is a 5 star cracker of a story.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Neill
    United Kingdom
    7/7/12
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    "good book shame about the reader"

    I enjoyed the story but didn't like the reader. Very unconvincing when she had to do male voices. Also a lot of mispronounciation even allowing for the differences in American and English. Would have been better to have had several readers. Am not going to listen to the sequels for this reason. Have bought them on Kindle.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    invergordon, United Kingdom
    2/28/12
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    "Loved it!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it, I have listened to over 100 books and would rate this in my top 5!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    7/11/13
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    "awesome book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was the best book I have listened to in a year (and I listen to a lot). The scenario was well described and story moved along at a sharp pace. The plot was unpredictable and interesting. Recommended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    12/6/08
    Overall
    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
    Overall
    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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