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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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

    alli

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Suzen Woodbury, VT, United States 03-12-12
    Suzen Woodbury, VT, United States 03-12-12
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    "Engrossing and exciting!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I felt that I was right inside this story. I could not put it aside until it ended. A great narration!


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

    There is no lack of excitement. The story is packed with back-to-back surprises and events. A memorable listen from beginning to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot choose a favorite.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I had to jump right into Book Two as soon as this one ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Mishawaka, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Cindy Mishawaka, IN, United States 03-12-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We just moved from IN to CA and we listened to this book on the drive. It kept us riveted. We enjoyed it so much, we bought the second book on tape.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was spot-on! Bravo!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12
    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    My daughter got me onto this series. Thoroughly enjoyed book one. Stirs up emotions!
    I want to go back to English class and analyze it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra andes, NY, United States 03-12-12
    Sandra andes, NY, United States 03-12-12
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    "love the series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    it is very interesting and different from anything i've read


    What did you like best about this story?

    the twists and turns


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has just the right voice She makes it very enjoyable to listen to.


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

    watch it and be mezmerised


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping characters and themes"

    Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.

    When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.

    Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12
    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014

    Jnette

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    "FanTaculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I couldn't stop listening!! Definitely made my top 5 list!!!!


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

    I cried when Prim was called, I cried when I thought Peeta would die.... I laughed when they were finally free... If only for a minute...


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

    Nope


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

    HECK YEAH!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith 03-12-12
    Meredith 03-12-12
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    "Took a chance after another 50+ age review!"

    This series was probably written with 15-25 year olds in mind (I'm 56), but I loved the story, character development, narrator. I loved book one! Couldn't stop listening. Author gives a slightly new twist on a future world and it is nice to have a heroine front and center. I recommend this series, although I did think book 2 dragged a tad. Give it a try.

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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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