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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)

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    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12
    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    It was a great story. Kept me wondering what was going to happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like science fiction, and the idea of a weird twisted post-apocalyptic future.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    This was my first audio book, so I don't know what to expect when listening to a book. Carolyn put a lot of feeling into the reading. I really enjoyed the job she did.


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

    Yes, I could hardly get anything else done.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a GREAT first experience.

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    L. Smith LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-15-12
    L. Smith LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Lane

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    "The Hunger Games leaves you hungry for more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the audible version of The Hunger Games. I found myself carrying my kindle with me everywhere from the car to the inside of my coat so I could listen while walking. I shared the audio version with my eleven year old daughter who had read the book and she never wanted to stop listening. Carolyn McCormick gave life to the characters and created a Panem and voices different from ones I had envisioned but ones that are now engrained in my mind. We have just purchased he next book in the trilology on audio and are fighting over who gets to listen first. If only this version was available on the Kindle Fire. That would be my one (-) but really it dosn't count.


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

    Any scene when Katniss shows true emotion for Peeta rather than her typical fight or flight mentality. I think that it is only when she removes those walls and allows herself to be a girl rather than a girl who must be the provider (male figure as is her role in her family) that the true Katniss appears. I believe that she indeed loves Peeta but dosn't know what this love thing is about. I cried in the scene when Rue died and Katniss sang to her and district 11 sent her a loaf of bread. I found the mutant tribute dog clones to be freakish. I did love the first true kiss when she tingled.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not care for the voice of Peeta when he was ill as his voice was scratchy.


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

    These Hunger Games they say in the Capitol of Panem


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks :o)

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    Dzila 03-14-12
    Dzila 03-14-12
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    "Awesome book !"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Phenomenal Story-Telling!


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

    When Katniss volunteered as a tribute.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Carolyn made the reading/listening experience even more fun. She personified the different characters with her voice. Love her accent too.


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    Shiran K. RAMAT GAN, Israel 03-14-12
    Shiran K. RAMAT GAN, Israel 03-14-12
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    "A+"

    Carolyn McCormick is amazing! Great narrator and great story/book! Recommended to all.
    Can't wait to get the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-13-12
    Sylvia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I have listened to the book TWICE. Absolutely addicting, well read and written, some sections are quite moving


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

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - addictive, exciting, page turner


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

    Yes, there were moments where I would not leave the car just so I could get in a few more minutes.


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    Lia 03-13-12
    Lia 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Ditto"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hunger Games is in the top 5 of all of the audiobooks I've


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters a so well developed and you just know them. The story line and all of the small details are amazing.


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

    I have never listened to Carolyn McCormick before, but I couldn't imagine this story without her. She did an incredible job.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaylen 03-13-12
    Kaylen 03-13-12 Member Since 2016

    Single mom of two BEAUTIFUL girls and working full time. Never enough hours in the day for myself. Loving Audible!

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    "Great Read! Really Pulls you in!"

    At first I was a little leery because the narrators voice sounds a little old to be reading as a 16year old girl. I eventually got used to it and moved on. This book was amazing! There is not a dull moment and it keeps you wanting more. The end leaves you yearning for the next book with its cliffhanger. I’ve already downloaded the next two books and am lost in them as well. Great Book and Great Series! I’ve already recommended them to all my friends!

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    Alli 03-13-12
    Alli 03-13-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Narrator horrific"
    What would have made The Hunger Games better?

    I finally went to the printed version of this book. I could not take the narrator. She was monotone and made the story boring. I had friends that raved about the book, and listening to it I couldn't figure out what the fuss was about. Once I started reading the printed version and able to put emotion into the reading, the story was actually good.


    Has The Hunger Games turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have read other books of this genre, and not opposed to them. Not my favorite genre, but I read it because so many of my other friends raved about it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Anyone that has more spark to read a story like this. Has to have more emotion rather than just sounding like she is reading the book aloud.


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    Genius Extraordinaire 03-13-12 Member Since 2016

    Genius Extraordinaire

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    "Careful, you are about to change your plans!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Only a few chapters in and your hooked! You will find yourself listening while doing activities that you normally would not consider doing while listening to a book. You may even find yourself declining an invitation to a party, to take time to finish the book.


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

    Twilight Series, Heat of Stone Series


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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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