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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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    Erin Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-19-11
    Erin Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-19-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Suzanne Collins rocks!!!!"

    I never write reviews, simply because I can never seem to be as clever as all my fellow audible listeners who review regularly. But with this book, I just had to write something. I'm not normally a fan of young adult lit, but Suzanne Collins is really on to something here. Her story is incredibly appealing to adults because the plot is complex, full of intrigue, has a political and moral message, plus there is lots of romance, futuristic speculation, and enough blood and guts to scare away any adolescent teeny-bopper! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! The narrator does a spectacular job, and in my opinion, she really makes this book a must-listen, not a must-read. All you men out there, don't be scared away by this book just because it was written by a woman and is considered young adult lit! You won't be sorry. My husband loved it, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HK Brad Hong Kong 08-13-11
    HK Brad Hong Kong 08-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book, terrible narrator"

    An interesting story read by a sub-par reader. After hearing what can be done with excellent stories by the narrators of the Harry Potter or Song of Ice and Fire series, this was truly a disappointment. Read the book, skip the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-10-11
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "exceeded my expectations!"

    Fantastic book, one of my favorites on audio, Carolyn McCormic does a great job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Retired Doc Utah 08-10-11
    Retired Doc Utah 08-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome Book, wrong narrator"

    This is a great book. The story is riveting. The narrator has an English accent, but the story is in north America. Someone needs to tell her how to say mutation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-09-11
    Amazon Customer United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"

    Listened to this book in about two sittings on both legs of a long road trip, and i must say, we couldn't "put it down" we were listening to it for ten minute drives to the grocery store, and whenever we had a chance... Cant wait to see if the next ones in the series are this good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11
    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a story about a young girl, but not a child's story. Fast paced, creative and well written, it will get you involved and keep you there right to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 08-08-11
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "the real summ of all our fears"

    Is this where our culture is leading? This is a cool story of survival. Not just that, but people. We can all see a little of our world here and that's the scary part. Is this where the world is headed?

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    Allen Foster 08-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Now I want a bow and arrow!"

    I got this book as a bribe to my 14 yo daughter to take a boring 3 hour ride in the car with me. It's definitely a YA book, but really - who's not a kid at heart? Once we were home, I found myself sneaking listens on errands in the car and guiltily confessing that I had gotten ahead in our shared book. Little did I know, my daughter was sneaking listens on her computer while I was out! The narrator was ok - not my favorite. But, the story was exciting enough to keep me listening. The movie is currently being filmed near where we live and after reading the book, I can see why it's perfect for the screen. Fantastical creatures, oppressors vs. the oppressed, fashion, beauty, romance, life and death suspense - and a chick who can shoot you dead with a bow and arrow. Whoa. I want one. We'll be getting the next in the series for our drive to the beach next week. It's great to share a book with my kid.

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    Wendy United States 08-05-11
    Wendy United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book~"

    This was a fantastic book to listen to. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was fascinating and the narrator made it all that much better! I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

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    brian cedar rapids, iowa, United States 08-04-11
    brian cedar rapids, iowa, United States 08-04-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very good book"

    Couldnt put this one down. Had a lot of fun listening and will listen to the rest next. GET THIS BOOK.
    The Narrator was great!

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  • 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.

    7 of 8 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.

    7 of 8 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!

    7 of 8 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    9 of 11 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
  • Ellie
    DUNOON, 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.


    1 of 1 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
  • 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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