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The Hunger Games Audiobook
The Hunger Games
Written by: 
Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: 
Carolyn McCormick
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)

What Members Say

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    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 03-12-12
    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Didn't finish it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story line, just did like what the book was all about. I read about 50 books a year and this one of may-be 5 I have not finish.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing


    What didn???t you like about Carolyn McCormick???s performance?

    ok


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzen Woodbury, VT, United States 03-12-12
    Suzen Woodbury, VT, United States 03-12-12
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    "Engrossing and exciting!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I felt that I was right inside this story. I could not put it aside until it ended. A great narration!


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

    There is no lack of excitement. The story is packed with back-to-back surprises and events. A memorable listen from beginning to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot choose a favorite.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I had to jump right into Book Two as soon as this one ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Mishawaka, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Cindy Mishawaka, IN, United States 03-12-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We just moved from IN to CA and we listened to this book on the drive. It kept us riveted. We enjoyed it so much, we bought the second book on tape.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was spot-on! Bravo!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12
    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    My daughter got me onto this series. Thoroughly enjoyed book one. Stirs up emotions!
    I want to go back to English class and analyze it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra andes, NY, United States 03-12-12
    Sandra andes, NY, United States 03-12-12
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    "love the series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    it is very interesting and different from anything i've read


    What did you like best about this story?

    the twists and turns


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

    She has just the right voice She makes it very enjoyable to listen to.


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

    watch it and be mezmerised


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping characters and themes"

    Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.

    When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.

    Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12
    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014

    Jnette

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    "FanTaculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I couldn't stop listening!! Definitely made my top 5 list!!!!


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

    I cried when Prim was called, I cried when I thought Peeta would die.... I laughed when they were finally free... If only for a minute...


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

    Nope


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

    HECK YEAH!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith 03-12-12
    Meredith 03-12-12
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    "Took a chance after another 50+ age review!"

    This series was probably written with 15-25 year olds in mind (I'm 56), but I loved the story, character development, narrator. I loved book one! Couldn't stop listening. Author gives a slightly new twist on a future world and it is nice to have a heroine front and center. I recommend this series, although I did think book 2 dragged a tad. Give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12

    family tree buff

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    "There's a reason the whole world loves this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! It is fantastic. The narrator definitely adds to this book. I wish I would have listened to, instead of read the second two books in this series.


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

    I loved everything about this book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I did love her singing. I don't think my imagination could have performed like she did.


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

    Yes, I was hooked on it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Weston, WI, United States 03-11-12
    Krista Weston, WI, United States 03-11-12

    I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!

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    "Strong, Butt-Kicking Female Lead"

    This book (and audio listen) has it all: friendship, heartache, action, romance, wit, suspense. I oohed, aahed, winced, cried, got really angry, cheered, booed. I did it all. I really didn't think I'd be able to support adolescent characters who are thrown into a brutal, real-life survivor arena with the need to fight to the death, but somehow Katniss, Peeta, Rue and a host of other characters took up residence in my heart. This book took me by surprise and I'm so glad it lived up to all the hype. Plus, what's not to love about a strong, self-sufficient, butt-kicking female lead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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