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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Janie 03-29-12
    Janie 03-29-12

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    "Terrific book"

    I have been resisting this book because I just couldn't get into the plot description, but it was terrific and worth the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It was interesting reading a mostly first-person narrative that kept you interested and excited about her and all of the other characters at the same time. The concept was interesting and, although it kind of glossed over the history of how the games started, it was still good enough to quench your thirst for knowing why. What left me "un-quenched" though was how the entire country "disappeared" in the first place.... I'd love to read the story of the back-story....!!!!

    My two credits for next month are going to Part 2 and 3..............!!!!

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    Mark D. Heinze 03-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Present tense?"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I would have liked to have given it five stars but some of the plot elements were a little under developed and it took me a long time to get over the 1st person present tense writing. I guess this is a popular trend in young adult writing now but it seems counterintuitive and awkward to me.

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    Anna ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-29-12
    Anna ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-29-12
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    "Excellent Book, Bad Narration"

    This is a great book! I could not stop listening and I ended up staying up late two nights in a row to finish it after I would get home from work. I loved the characters and the story line. However, I did not care much for McCormick's narration. She sounded like she was trying too hard to sound like a little girl every time that she read for Katniss. Her voice for Gail seemed a bit too harsh, as did much of the dialouge between Katniss and Peeta. I was able to imagine in my head how I thought the dialouge should have sounded, but it did detract from the reading as a whole. However, I would still recommend this book. It is a wonderful, addicting read and I cannot wait to read the next two in the trilogy.

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    casey Leavittsburg, OH, United States 03-29-12
    casey Leavittsburg, OH, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Casey Helmick is a 21 year old male who dedicates his time to writing his own fiction and studying self help and psychology.

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    "An awesome light read with a serious feel"

    Hesitant to jump on what seemed to be the days fad, I eventually broke down to give it a try. Suzanne's writing style seemed a little hard to get into at first, the narration and inner monologues seemed force at the beginning but a few chapters in her unique style grows on you. The plot doesn't waste time getting bogged down with filler or boring periods and instead each event thrusts you forward into the next pivotal moment of the book. I think the thing that appeals the most with this book is that it is a light read, it's something anyone can pick up and easily read without the burden of a more serious college level book, however the plot will keep even the more complex readers intrigued long enough to finish and start eyeballing the next book.

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    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-29-12
    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.

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    "Hunger Games does not dissapoint..."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Visual, Tiring, Interesting


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

    Lord of the Flies


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

    First time. Took a bit, then grooved to a stop and go and see style.


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

    Nope...string it out...fell asleep to it many nights....woke up worried about Katness.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice touch of a story - enjoyed the feel, nice turns.

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    John Brentwood, TN, United States 03-29-12
    John Brentwood, TN, United States 03-29-12
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    "Good, but I was hoping for something else"

    It's a good book – a "page turner" (as much as an audio book can be) for sure. I enjoyed the main character in many ways but ultimately felt frustrated by her. She knew the injustice of the circumstances, but dealt with it in a passive aggressive way. I kept waiting for the moment when she'd get past it and inspire people far and wide to rise up against their oppressors. It didn't happen, so that was disappointing. But the story was good and decently written. The author thought through the system and details of the world in her story very well.

    The narration was okay. Not great, but serviceable.

    I do recommend the book and can see why they're adapting a film series from it, but it's not quite a Harry Potter.

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    Jacel Miami, FL, United States 03-28-12
    Jacel Miami, FL, United States 03-28-12
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    "Great choice!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Courage, Survival


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was written and also the futuristic view of the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment Katniss and Peeta was the only ones left and the organizers just announced there will only be one winner. Katniss and Peeta was about to eat the poisonous berries but the jury stopped them and pronounced both as winners instead.


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

    At the time Rue, the kid on District 11 died on Katniss' arms...


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book..it's a great choice. I've seen the movie and it was as good as the book itself as well..

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    Justin North Potomac, MD, United States 03-28-12
    Justin North Potomac, MD, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent performance and great story for genre"

    In contrast to some of the other reviewers, I loved the performance of this book. I thought the narrator brought a sense of drama and urgency to the reading. The story itself is excellent for a Young Adult book! I can't wait to read the next installment.

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    christine 03-28-12
    christine 03-28-12
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    "Addictive"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book and I am hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    My sisters and I had to drive 6 hours to a funeral. We listened to this book all the way to and home from the funeral and the time flew by! Great way to make a long drive feel like several hours! This book was incredible! I actually laughed out loud and even cried! Highly recommend this book if you want to be entertained for 12 hours straight!

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    Becky O Brien, Oregon, United States 03-28-12
    Becky O Brien, Oregon, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story concept - reader is easy to follow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Quick listen, keeps you interested


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed listening to Katniss apply skills acquired through every day survival, watching as her cunning and urge to survive kicked in at various levels of the game.


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

    Katniss followed closely by Peeta


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

    Listen during a drive.


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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.

    16 of 18 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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