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The Hunger Games Audiobook

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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    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12
    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.

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    "Worth the time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Ii enjoyed this story enough to buy the sequel. It is not great literary writing, but a very good story. I thought the narrator did a fine job. I'm not sure why so many listeners did not like her. The plot is thought provoking but not preachy.


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

    This is not heavy listening. Because it is intended for young adults, I think the writer aimed the style and vocabulary at a particular education level. It is not in the category of a novel like Cutting for Stone, for example. Still, I didn't feel the writer dumbs it down at all. It's just not a big mental work out. That's okay sometimes.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a good job with it.


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

    It took me a few days but not because it wasn't compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-08-12
    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever premise,predictable plot, cliche' execution"
    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    I'm one of those people who, despite dissatisfaction with a book, will not only finish said book but will often continue on to complete the series. I'm a completest (see


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim San Jose, CA, United States 03-08-12
    Kim San Jose, CA, United States 03-08-12
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hunger Games was one of my favorite audiobooks so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the main stylist for Katniss.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gets so into her voices for her characters you forget it's the same person talking for each one!


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

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 03-07-12
    Brian 03-07-12
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    "Great story full of adventure and survival skills"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Ordinary extraordinary human


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

    When Katniss steps in to take her sisters place knowing that her sister would not survive.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    The bravery shown is extraordinary. The fact that the heroine is a girl and that she uses her intelligence to outsmart many of her adversaries is inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 03-07-12
    Kathryn 03-07-12
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My son and I read this book -- we could not put it down. We were done with it and started the second book before the weekend was over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12
    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark and Sad"
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    Original ideas, I can always get behind people fighting for freedom from human monsters.

    Darkness and heaviness of the book, disreguard for human life


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Collins? Why or why not?

    no, she seems to shove her ideas down your throat, characters dont evolve, they just keep going through the same circle


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

    She was great


    Did The Hunger Games inspire you to do anything?

    not listen to any more Suzanne Collins books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-07-12
    John 03-07-12
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    "Great Story very entertaining."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    This was my first Audible and it was excellent. I listened to it as I walke don the treadmill.Great Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catnis. I fell in love with this humble brave character.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrators Im told make or break even a good story. Wise choice. Dynamite voice.


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

    A greta book to read at the beginning of Lent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Hoover 03-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Reading Experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to friends. The writing is wonderful, the story compelling and the characters engaging. This author is a great storyteller. I found myself instantly liking the characters and caring what happened to them. The story kept me riveted; I had a hard time stopping and couldn't wait to get back and find out what happened next. I never felt disappointed or bored. Carolyn McCormick is a great narrator. I think she gave Katniss in particular a maturity that helped me respect and admire her, so that I never thought about her age.


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

    Although I know this is suppose to be in the same category as the Twilight Saga I found it completely different, Its true the main characters are teens, but I did not feel like I was reading a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place,although there were no scenes in the story I did not like.


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

    There is a movie being made, which is what peaked my interest in the book (I'm not a teen or a Twilight fan). I don't remember the tag line being used, but I would say


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the violence was handled beautifully. Enough detail to let you know what is happening, without gratuitous gore. I never felt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pearce 03-06-12
    Paul Pearce 03-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible"

    I've read hundreds of books, and I consider some of them to be absolutely fantastic. This book, however, raises the bar so high that I wish I hadn't given out those five star ratings. Gripping, emotional, great world building, excellent pacing. Can not recommend enough.

    I think the narrator is great too, despite what some reviewers have said.

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    TML 03-06-12
    TML 03-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling and gripping story"

    This story grabbed me in the first 5 minutes. I would sit in my driveway for an extra 15 minutes in order to continue listening to the story. It may be written for young adults, but this old adult can't wait to listen to its sequel and see the movie.

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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
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    "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
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    "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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