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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    SLarson 03-10-12
    SLarson 03-10-12
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    "Why is this read by an oldish lady!?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This would be so much better if read by someone <40. I read the book first, and got the audible to re-read it because it was so amazing. Unfortunately, this reader is ruining it for me. :(


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Only if the character is supposed to be >30. I won't buy another Hunger Games audible.


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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-10-12
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "holy crap that was awesome!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was captured from the start and couldn't stop listening.


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

    Every moment is memorable.


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

    No...this was my first.


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

    The survival strategies of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is sooooooo darn good. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.

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    Amazon Customer TACOMA, WA, United States 03-10-12
    Amazon Customer TACOMA, WA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a mother of 16 yr old twins..Mikael&Miranda. My kids think I am a big dork listening to my books. I love to read but its nice to read twice as many books and listen while working.

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    "Loved it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    I loved it, I usually listen to the same music on my android while working. I am a vender so I am in and out of different stores for 8-10 hrs twice a week. I got my first book last week and finished about 3/4 of it. I am a full-time student right now so I don't have time to read any of my books that I was reading about 3-4 a week. I can't wait to download my next book!! Although, I think I need change my monthly credit 1 is just not enough!!!


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

    No I haven't but am looking forward to more.


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

    YES


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    Carol C. Peterson 03-10-12
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    "Mediocre writing; far too violent for me"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are numb to senseless violence.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins???s story?

    Endless death


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

    Reader didn't get inthe way


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hunger Games?

    About half of the deaths. I skipped about six of them. Boring and depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    I get the point about reality television in the extreme. I am seriously concerned if this is typical of YA books.

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    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12
    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tim

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    "A good idea, though unpolished"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book only for the sake of taking it as a trilogy. This first book has countless little storytelling problems, with really bothered me after having read some very respectable science fiction authors.


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

    McCormick's performance becomes better by the 3rd book, where I was consciously aware of how she was truly adding to the emotion intended by the author. But this first book makes a 16 year old girl sound 12. This is probably because the character is written to behave as if she's 12 sometimes. I could probably handle the writing or the narration, but not both :)

    Also, the Haymitch character is fundamentally a drunk, but McCormick reads him as if he's perpetually wielding a bottle in his hand. I felt like this was a pretty silly interpretation of his character. She's always slurring his words and stuff, even when it's completely illogical that he'd be again drunk right then and there.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is an interesting one, but a number of things ultimately bothered me in this first book. For example, it's really not until partway into the second book that the reader gains any actual understanding of the Districts themselves and the technology levels their world consists of. The author just doesn't throw you any bones in the first book, so you're trying to reconcile things like coal miners and hunting and shabby town squares with mandatory TV broadcasts and lethal hovercraft. I feel that it works out in the end, but it's not really thanks to the first book in any way.

    The author also has this ridiculous method of making you feel like she didn't plan the story out in advance, so details about the main character's father, her past, and the fundamental setting of the world are all left out until she wants to fill story out during a contemplative moment for the main character. I feel that a more sturdy foundation for the story would be to lay down all of the details early on, and then trust the reader to be invested enough into the story to pay attention and to connect the story points as she tells tells them. As it is, going through this book is like listening to somebody tell a story that they forgot to set up as they went. It can hardly be called

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    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12
    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.

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    "Worth the time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Ii enjoyed this story enough to buy the sequel. It is not great literary writing, but a very good story. I thought the narrator did a fine job. I'm not sure why so many listeners did not like her. The plot is thought provoking but not preachy.


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

    This is not heavy listening. Because it is intended for young adults, I think the writer aimed the style and vocabulary at a particular education level. It is not in the category of a novel like Cutting for Stone, for example. Still, I didn't feel the writer dumbs it down at all. It's just not a big mental work out. That's okay sometimes.


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

    She did a good job with it.


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

    It took me a few days but not because it wasn't compelling.


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    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-08-12
    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever premise,predictable plot, cliche' execution"
    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    I'm one of those people who, despite dissatisfaction with a book, will not only finish said book but will often continue on to complete the series. I'm a completest (see


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    Kim San Jose, CA, United States 03-08-12
    Kim San Jose, CA, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hunger Games was one of my favorite audiobooks so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the main stylist for Katniss.


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

    She gets so into her voices for her characters you forget it's the same person talking for each one!


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

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this audio book.

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    Brian 03-07-12
    Brian 03-07-12
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    "Great story full of adventure and survival skills"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Ordinary extraordinary human


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

    When Katniss steps in to take her sisters place knowing that her sister would not survive.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    The bravery shown is extraordinary. The fact that the heroine is a girl and that she uses her intelligence to outsmart many of her adversaries is inspiring.

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    Kathryn 03-07-12
    Kathryn 03-07-12
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My son and I read this book -- we could not put it down. We were done with it and started the second book before the weekend was over.


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