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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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    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11
    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly good listen!"

    Enjoyed this book. It is a combination of fiction and could be reality. The narrator was good and the story line was very good. I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "The Hunger Games - Awesome"

    Awesome book.... Really different kind of story line which I was not expecting. The narration was awesome. Had to read more from this author and read the Giver.. also a great book. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris Kansas City, MO, United States 09-25-11
    chris Kansas City, MO, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Completely Underwhelming"

    I guess I am not this books prime audience, but I picked it up from a friends recommendation and honestly I don't get what everyone sees in it. The main character never grows by the end of the book. She is supremely stuck in whatever state she started in; not trusting anyone. What kills me the most is that she had so many opportunities to have a meaningful relationship with almost all the characters but she chose not to.

    The hunger games themselves are a little lackluster. They outline these rules and it all boils down to a lottery to see if you will have to fight to the death. After that there is a whole system for gifts to the players, or tributes in this case. The whole thing seems mildly underwhelming for a society as advanced as the "capital" who you get the impression has total power over everyone, but rarely exercises that power.

    There were some nice moments in this book, but all in all I don't think that it deserves all the praise it gets. Honestly at the end of the book I felt a little jipped that I had to waste a credit on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chilton Valencia, CA, United States 09-20-11
    Chilton Valencia, CA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised"

    I was a little bit wary of this one and wasn't sure why i purchased it at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought it was both beautifully written and performed. I'm on to book two.

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    Kelley Reading, PA, United States 09-20-11
    Kelley Reading, PA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful read!"

    I usually don't read YA novels but this one was recommended to me. This is an excellent novel. It is well-written, the characters are realistic, the plot is engaging, and the cliffhanger leaves you anxious for the next novel.

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice (I don't know, I thought she should have sounded younger), but I now can't imagine anyone else reading the novel.

    If you love romance, there's a nice romantic plot. If you like adventure and action, there's plenty of that. If you like sci-fic, great book for you. If you like a novel that makes you think, you'll find plenty of that.

    Highly recommended.

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    Eannarino Washington, PA, United States 09-19-11
    Eannarino Washington, PA, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    great story. able to connect to characters and share the experiences.


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

    the utter lack of privacy and the characters awareness of it. soemthing too often taken for granted in an electronic world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilton SHELBY, NC, United States 09-19-11
    Hilton SHELBY, NC, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "good"

    was forced to get this book by my wife, for a long road trip. Normally I dislike her choices, however this book is very good. having listened to it I purchased the rest of the series. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noon HENDERSONVILLE, NC, United States 09-18-11
    Noon HENDERSONVILLE, NC, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Hunger Games Fever"

    Since the filming of Hunger Games began out here in the mountains of NC, alot of the locals seem to have caught the HG fever. I decided to try out the audiobook for a change and I am sooo glad I did. I think that Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators I have ever heard! I just couldn't turn this audiobook off....I had to know what was going to happen next (I would never have been able to put the book down until I was finished if I simply read it). The personality and voice that she gave to each character was so unique that even my imagination wouldn't have done it that much justice in my head if I was simply reading it. This is why I love buying audible books. I'm looking forward to buying the next one on Audible. I warn you...save a credit for the next one because you will HAVE TO get it immediately after this one ends. It is THAT GOOD! I am addicted now. I love a trilogy!

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    Johnson 09-18-11
    Johnson 09-18-11
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    "Hungary for More"

    The book is categorized for YA audience. My 17 year old daughter was reading this on her nook and would not book it down. The author captivates us with a plot of survival in a world where the government forces youths to kill each other for their entertainment. Reminds me of games played in the Roman arenas. The plot, has a touch of romance. Without saying too much more , I hunger to read the entire series.

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    Libella 09-17-11
    Libella 09-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration left something to be desired"

    I read this initially for myself, and loved the book. I then listened to it, and did not enjoy the narrator. I felt the narrator was flat and did not offer the the heightened sense of urgency that the book has in and of itself. I generally love audible books, but do know that the way a book is read can significantly take away from the enjoyment of it. That is what happened in this case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Thom
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    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    8 of 9 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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    Somerset, 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.


    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 10 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
  • 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.

    6 of 8 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
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