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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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    "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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    "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
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    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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    I didn't know anything about this series when I started listening to this book, and I ended up downloading all three books and listened to them in about 2 weeks! Really fun :)

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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-03-11
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "Completely drawn in!"

    I've seen this book for a while on audible, and I've had my eye on it, but for some reason just kept passing on it. When I saw it this last time, I bit the bullet and downloaded it. I couldn't be happier with my decision, now that I've finished it, in less than a week! I'm also currently downloading the two sequels.

    The characters are engaging and you CARE about them! I hate books that just kind of tell a story that doesn't make you love the characters. I cried, I laughed, I raged. I'm 28, and this book is definitely not ONLY for young adults. I loved it, and I can't wait to finish the story and find out what happens!

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    Lynne Placerville, CA, United States 07-28-11
    Lynne Placerville, CA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    I read and listen to many different types of books. Some books are just better when read, rather than listened-to. For me, this may be one of those books. Her reading was not horrible, but it kept taking me out of the story. It was as if she were reading to a noisy group and trying hard to be heard (not a volume issue, but a tone issue). I must give the author credit for some original ideas and interesting plot points, but I guess I'm just not the desired demographic for this series (I'm 54).

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    "An excellent listen"

    Sometimes there's a book that feels as if it was specifically written to be read aloud and this is one of them. Everything from the story to the narration was excellent. If you're a fan of dystopian novels you won't be disappointed.

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    Theresa Richland Hills, Texas, 76118 07-21-11
    Theresa Richland Hills, Texas, 76118 07-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "Hunger Games"

    I read this to see if my grandchildren should read this trilogy. As disturbing as the premise is - a yes from this fussy grandmother. There is evil and good. Pain and suffering. You have to be willing to stand up for your beliefs and freedoms. Symbolism with the Capitol and the districts is interesting. Read and discuss with teens.

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    "Wow!"

    The summary to this book didn't really have be captivated but I was curious from the overwhelming great reviews. They were all correct. This is a great book! I immediately downloaded the following 2 books. I am right now in the middle of the 3rd one and I am relieved that it is almost over so I can get on with my life because right now, it revolves around only this series.

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    "Brilliantly story muddied by poor narration"

    The Hunger Games is one of my favourite trilogies. I bought the audiobook hoping to recreate the experience. I honestly can’t get over my disappointment at one of my favourite books ruined by such an unskilled narrator. Carolyn McCormick seems to struggle getting the words out of her mouth. I can almost painfully hear her mouth exaggerate the movements. In print Katniss came across – to me at least – as a strong girl with a sarcastic sense of humour. The sarcasm seems to be lost on McCormick. Her accent drove me to complete distraction as well. I honestly think I could have done a better job at narrating this story (actually, I kept correcting McCormick’s enunciation in my head throughout the book).

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