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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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    Danielle Melbourne, Australia 03-20-12
    Danielle Melbourne, Australia 03-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Hungry for more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes the book is original and the story interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality of the story line


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

    Peter


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

    Hungry? Tempting...


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    Valerie LaVista, NE, United States 03-20-12
    Valerie LaVista, NE, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved it. My Mom did not."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story makes you think. What would I do? Can a single person make a difference?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue - small and resourceful what more could you ask for.


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

    Just the other Hunger Games novels and she was good throughout.


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

    Yes. When I first started to listen to it I was running in the gym and I almost cried. From then I couldn't get enough.


    Any additional comments?

    My mother thought it was too bloody. I have to agree I don't think is really a

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    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
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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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