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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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    Jennifer Petaluma, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Jennifer Petaluma, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense!! Could not stop listening!"

    Wow! From the moment I started listening I could not stop!! I literally cancelled plans so I could stay home to finish this! At first I did not love the narraters voice, but it grew on me!

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    Shelly MERIDIAN, Idaho, United States 12-17-11
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    One of the best stories I've ever read/heard. The plot is incredible, the literature devine, and the performance unsurpassed. I enjoyed this so thoroughly that I never wanted it to end. I had to give myself some time to grieve over the end of the story and to say goodbye to characters I came to love.

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    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 12-16-11
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    "Misleading"

    Looked at this book for months and kept thinking I wanted to read this book but when I'd read about it I just couldn't imagine that I'd like it when it says kids are picked to fight to the death...well, it's a must read and you are taken in from the moment it starts. I have told 2 other people who ended up finishing the series before me and they were swept away. Put this one on the top of your list and read it before the movie comes out in March...can't wait for it all to come alive on the screen.

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    April Boise, Id, United States 12-16-11
    April Boise, Id, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent listen!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    This a wonderful series. The reader was great not overly showy or too many weird voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


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

    I'm not sure if I have heard her read before.


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

    It only took me two days to finish it.


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    Lilian Santos 12-15-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantasy Surprise!"

    My son (38 years old biological age and 18 years old heart age) recommended this trilogy. I started reading this book and I called him and said "this is fantasy, you know that is not my cup of tea" and he said "go on reading for a while more and then decide". He was absolutely right. It is really difficult to put it down until you have read all three books. You can give it a different meaning as a metaphor for our current life or you can just enjoy it as a great story, which is what I did. EXCELLENT!!

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    Mark F. 12-14-11
    Mark F. 12-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Some of the best I've heard"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is quite good, and I've been consistently impressed with both the pace and realism.


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

    One of the best readings I've found on audible after 2 years of consistent listening.


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

    I am always finding opportunities to listen and often catch myself making up excuses to throw on my headphones.


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    Anthony MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 12-14-11
    Anthony MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 12-14-11
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    "Mixed feelings"
    Any additional comments?

    The ending killed me I wanted to scream when she didnt talk to gale before the book ended. I guess since it is a seriers she wanted to keep the suspense so you would read the second book. I have to listen to it know because im that aggrivated. I listen to this book in 1 straight car ride. I cant belive how it ended though. I really hope the second book is good. But everything before the ending was great and it kept me very interested.

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    Jan United States 12-13-11
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The more I listened, the more I liked the characters. It's a great listen while you're knitting. I listen to YA books before I purchase for my teen granddaughter and this one is age appropriate for a 13 year old.


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

    The most memorable moment was when Katniss sacrificed herself for her little sister.


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

    I think there is an energy that you would miss if you read the book vs listen to it.


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    Christina Marietta, GA, United States 12-13-11
    Christina Marietta, GA, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Premise is deceiving"

    The premise of this book, that there is a world in which "Tributes" must fight to the death on reality television, really turned me off. However, a trusted friend LOVED it so I thought I would give it a chance. I am so glad that I did.

    Even though the premise as stated above, is absolutely accurate, somehow, the story is so much more than would be implied by that simple statement. Part of that transcendence is the writing of the character Katniss Everdeen. Even though she is certainly flawed, her spirit allows the reader to experience the whole story with Katniss' gentle but firm calmness.

    This is a book to be experienced more than once. Once, just for the story and at least one more time to savor the writing and the characters. The performance on this recorded book is excellent. The narrator, while not as adept at creating completely different voices for each character as some of the other narrators to whom I have listened, still draws the listener into the story to such a degree that I never missed the "voice" element. I can only hope that the movie version of the novel will create as compelling a world.

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    Dan Menifee, CA, United States 12-13-11
    Dan Menifee, CA, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait for the movie to come out in March 2012"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The fact that it was set in the future and that the core of the story relating to reality shows is plausible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss Everdeen because of her honesty and devotion to family.


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

    She does a great job changing her voice from character to character.


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

    Yes, I read the book at home and listened to it when I commuted in my car every chance I had. I it had been possible I would have read/listened to it in one day.


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