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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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    Donna 01-13-12
    Donna 01-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Page turner right from the start"

    Enjoyable read right from the start, easy read and can't wait to complete the series.

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    Michael russellville, AR, United States 01-12-12
    Michael russellville, AR, United States 01-12-12
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Entertaining. Brilliant.


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

    Couldn't put it down until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth every penny.

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    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 01-11-12
    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for kids only"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story was original and captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss of course. Her inexperiance is refreshing. Her courage is admirable.


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

    Her voice relfected the scene. She seemed to enjoy reading the story herself.


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

    When Rue and Katniss curled up in the same sleeping bag, deciding that they could trust one another, and simply fell asleep.


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    Kim Charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-12
    Kim Charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very captivating for a teen story!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, but I am ready to read the sequels, much to my surprise!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery and the relationships that grew between the characters were intense. I could close my eyes and envision everything. I am very excited to see how the movie interprets the book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to distinguish between characters and her voice set the mood for each scene. Extraordinary performance!


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

    I think when little Rue died and Katness comforted her. So sad...


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    Charlote BENTONVILLE, AR, United States 01-10-12
    Charlote BENTONVILLE, AR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hunger Games - A look at our furture?"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I love the way this story has you from the start. The way that Katniss takes her sisters place out of love for her and for her mother of which she tries to keep hidden. The emotion of the arena and the tributes that she comes to love and remember.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their love for each other. Seeing a girl overcome her fears and becomes changed even more by a ruthless president.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Monotone is the one and only word I can think of to describe her voice. The only saving thing for me and her reading this book was the fact that I love the story.


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

    There were parts that made me cry. The part where Rue dies is the most memorable part of the book where I lose it everytime. Saying out loud Katniss you are crazy Peeta loves you can't you see that?


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have read. It makes you think that even though most people think that what happened in this book could ever happen to this country could be our future if we do not think that decisions we make today make a difference. We should take more time to be involved when it comes to electing the leaders of this country.

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    Nola Woonona, Australia 01-10-12
    Nola Woonona, Australia 01-10-12
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    "Reality TV runs amuk in Collins' sci fi treat!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!


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

    It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.

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    Patricia 01-09-12
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    "Be ready to order the sequel!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version just as much as the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had unexpected twists and turns.


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

    This is the first of this reader's performances I had listened to.


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    Sarah Harrison, NY, United States 01-09-12
    Sarah Harrison, NY, United States 01-09-12
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    "Great Book, Annoying Reader"

    I listened to this with my 3 kids, ages 14, 13 and 11. The oldest had already read the book but was eager to listen to it with us. We had a very long drive from New York to Lake Placid and back, and the time just flew! The story had us all enthralled. The reader, however, was a big distraction. My 11 year old daughter took special exception to the way the narrator imitated a 12 year olds'
    voice, making her sound like a 4 year old. My older boy, the one who had already read the book, would throw up his hands whenever she voiced the part of the central character, Katness. According to him, Katness is supposed to be a very tough, cool girl and the narrator made her sound like a girly dope. Having said that, the story itself is so strong that it was usually possible for me to get past the annoying quirks of the reader and stay enthralled.

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    Harley Colleyville, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Harley Colleyville, TX, United States 01-09-12
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, the audiobook format makes it so relaxing to listen to such an awesome story, just pull out your iPod and plug in, listen and enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part about The Hunger Games is the sense of reality to the entire thing, this story seems very believable the way it is told, although so far into the future. the way the characters are developed brings them to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the Tributes surround the Cornucopia is probably the most intense and heart stopping scene out of any book I have ever read, so much action condensed into 60 seconds of life or death.


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

    The Hunger Games, it's the perfect line already.


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    Roberta Shelby Township, MI, United States 01-09-12
    Roberta Shelby Township, MI, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding Book"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    This book was so good, I could not stop listening. Can't wait to hear the next books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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