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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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    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Written for children but not at all childish."

    The story moves quickly but is easy to follow in situations where you might be momentarily distracted from time to time where books written for an adult audience is not always. No subtext or hidden symbolism to track or follow. It still has a great story line that moves along quickly with both action and emotional impact. I bought the whole trilogy and am glad I did. Great listen for the car, running, or the gym. I would recommend this to anyone teenaged or above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E White Gainesville, VA, United States 09-06-11
    E White Gainesville, VA, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Have to get the next one"

    A surprisingly captivating novel, that leaves you demanding the next book right away -- it seems clear that the three books in this trilogy were conceived as a single story. Top-notch narration, with character and feeling contributes well to the enjoyment of the book.

    The story is very enjoyable despite being targeted at a young-adult audience. I am reminded of Ender's Game in the way the story engages the listener (though it is not quite on par in terms of originality or depth). Listen for the pleasure of it and you won't be disappointed.

    Though it is targeted at young adults, it can be vicious and gruesome in a very adult way, and may be too much for younger readers. Probably a bit too intense and graphic for readers younger than 13, and a bit older may be more appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzybertussi United States 09-04-11
    suzybertussi United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2010

    With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.

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    "Great story, odd choice of narrator."

    The book was highly entertaining. I had to get the next one right away to find out what happens next. It was strange getting used to the first-person style of Suzanne Collin's writing, but it did not detract from the entertainment value of the book. My only complaint is McCormick's narration. I think her voice sounds like a 30-something woman, when it should sound like a 16-year-old girl. That being said, I still purchased the whole audio-book trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scarlett Pickering, ON, Canada 09-03-11
    scarlett Pickering, ON, Canada 09-03-11
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    "So good I quit sleeping to keep listening"

    Riviting story in spite of the young age of the charactors.
    It moved quickly and was surprisingly relevant to many of the core issues we face today ~ the cost of war, the grey lines of ethics, and the depths to which every population fights for their right to safety, health and liberty.
    I'll needed therapy when I finished the series to deal with the loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila 09-02-11
    Carmila 09-02-11 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    "Very unusual story but good."

    While I liked the story, it was a little depressing. The reason I gave it 4 stars was for two reasons. I did not especiallly like the reader and I really did not like Katness very well. It was worth listening and the second book made up for some of the negativity I felt for the first one.

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    Hurt Scottsville, VA, United States 09-01-11
    Hurt Scottsville, VA, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting"

    I purchased this books on the review of others and I was not disappointed. Very good book.

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    Woodford Greenwood, IN, United States 09-01-11
    Woodford Greenwood, IN, United States 09-01-11

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    "Can't seem to put it down!"

    Love it and just got the second one! Was a skeptic at first but it wasn't boring for a second! Good book, love the reader! Carolyn McCormic does great when she narrates or appears on Law and Order :). Story is unique and gripping too!

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    Alice Neilson Bountiful, UT, United States 09-01-11
    Alice Neilson Bountiful, UT, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story!!"

    When my son came home from school with this book for his English Lit class, he told me how "awsome" the story was. He does not like to read. I downloaded the Kindle version and read it and fell in love with the charactures and their struggles. I enjoyed it so much, I had to get the audio version so my husband can understand what we are all talking about. He blazed theough the story in 2 days. Thank you to the writer, publishers, and narrator for finally giving my family a great story to talk about and discuss. We have recently completed all 3 books in the series and I have to call this a must have trilogy. It opens up discussions and concerns that interest everyone who dares read the story.

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    Carly Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-30-11
    Carly Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, sub-par narrator"

    I very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.

    That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.

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    Stephen Wilcoxon 08-28-11

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    "What's all the hype about?"

    I forced myself to listen to the whole book but I still don't understand what all the hype is about. There is absolutely nothing new here - it is highly derivative of many other older novels (admittedly combined in a somewhat new way). I found myself predicting pretty close to exactly how scenes were going to play out long before they occurred.

    In summary, it's not bad but there's nothing here to justify the hype.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Lindsay
    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.

    7 of 8 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!

    7 of 8 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/31/12
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    "A great audiobook"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I've found this audiobook to be very well written by the author, read beautifully and also quite addictive! I would recommend it to anyone.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    DUNOON, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "Surprisingly I actually preferred the movie!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    Probably not-I loved the book itself but I absolutely hated Carolyn McCormicks narration,it really grated on my ears and brain and made it hard work to listen to.Luckily I downloaded this on a Kindle Unlimited trial and did not actually pay for it.If I had I would most probably have asked for a refund.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything about the story itself.


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

    Nothing ,she is a narrator I am pretty sure I will try to avoid.


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

    No -maybe with a different narrator I might.


    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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