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The Hunger Games Audiobook

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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    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-05-12
    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-05-12

    Loves reading books, but have limited time. So audible presents a perfect solution for me!

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    "Excellent book by Suzanne Collins"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Yes, because it is an excellent book. The lady reading the book is really good and keeps you wanting more and more.


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

    When Catnis Everdeen shot an killed one of the career tributes.


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

    I have not, but will definitely buy a book that she reads again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me extremely entertained. I listen to the book while I am stuck in traffic and at some parts of the book I cheered and shouted for Catnis to do something.......like shoot her Catnis, shoot her!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a really good book and I am already listening to the second one and the will quickly move on to the third installment of the Hunger Games.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story...Meh to the narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this trilogy overall. There is nothing I could really pinpoint about one single thing.


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

    I really didn't particularly like the narration. She makes Katniss seem like such a little girl and that's not what her character is about


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

    They did make a film about this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    It took my son awhile to convince me to download this book but I'm so glad I did. It's a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Entertaining enough."

    There are some books written to be big obnoxious blockbuster movies. This is one. With absolutely no character development, I'm sure the screen adapters had an easy job. Probably won't see the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
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    "Lovely"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Addicting, & Moving


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

    Twilight Sega. Easy read, wonderful story. I couldnt put it down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything in the cave.


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

    Let the Games begin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mandy GOFFSTOWN, NH, United States 03-03-12
    Mandy GOFFSTOWN, NH, United States 03-03-12
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    "Predictable :("
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I'm undecided. I'm not even sure I want to continue the series. This book did not leave me wanting more. It was entertaining, yes, but the storyline was very predictable. Author was able to get true emotion across in her story though.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the story all the way up to the games. I found the games to drag and be anti-climactic.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Enjoyable, Soothing, Characters Distinguishable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story and the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes


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

    I wanted but you need the time


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a great movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12
    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Goes Too Fast."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Fast. Heartfelt.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am almost to the end of this book and am going to purchase the next in the series so I do not miss out on a trip. I was hesitant at first, wondering if this was another series of the

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12
    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "LOVED!"

    VERY creative! My 15-year old daughter got me to listen to this. Just downloaded the next books as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12
    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "American Dystopia"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    A fascinating twist on The Lottery, where the winner kills or gets killed. Almost like the draft.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta was my favorite. As a man, I can relate to his unrequited love for Katniss. It was a wonderfully tragic love story.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She put me right into the story. It was like being there myself. A great performance!


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

    Kill, or be loved?


    Any additional comments?

    For me, the mark of a great story is that I can't wait for part 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    15 of 17 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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 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!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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