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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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    C Gipe COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-09-11
    C Gipe COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator missing the tension of the story"

    I loved this book, but the narrator was so slow and completely missed the tension and urgency of the story. I had to listen to it on fast mode just to make it through. But I'm glad I did, the story was engaging and I look forward to the next two books.

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    Hudson LAPEER, MI, United States 09-09-11
    Hudson LAPEER, MI, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen to books while I live my life. It makes mundane things interesting. I love a great series. I welcome recommendations!

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    "The Hunger Games"

    I loved this book and the two following. I found it very hard to put it down. The characters and story were vivid and interesting.

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    Bilbay HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-08-11
    Bilbay HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Trilogy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the narrator sounded as if she was Katnis and it helped pull you in even more.


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

    Too many to count except for the need to go on to the next book.


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

    Not yet


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

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recomend this to anyone thinking about seeing the movie.

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    Morosani Asheville, NC, United States 09-07-11
    Morosani Asheville, NC, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really liked it"

    I really liked the story and how it kept me engaged in the story. . .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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