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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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    Asdihar 12-11-11
    Asdihar 12-11-11
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    "WORTH THE TIME!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again..just like a wouldn't watch a movie again..because the first time is always the best! BUT I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE!


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

    The most memorable moment was when I realized what the reaping was..and what it meant.


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

    Yes. She is consistent.


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

    One girl's heart gives her the strength to overcome anything against all odds.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very picky. I read a lot of reviews before choosing it and I knew it was going to be good. It was better than I had hoped it would be. I love the first book of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 12-08-11
    Amy 12-08-11 Member Since 2011

    Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.

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    "Enjoyed it!"
    Any additional comments?

    It depends on what you like to read, but I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend. I was afraid the book would get into graphic details about the fights, but it was refreshing that it was written in such a way that it pulls you into the emotions of the moment without all the gore.

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    Alex Longview, WA, United States 12-08-11
    Alex Longview, WA, United States 12-08-11
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    "Does this depend on age?"
    What would have made The Hunger Games better?

    The Hunger Games is a fantastic story, and creates a world the reader can lose themselves in. Nothing could have made it better - temporarily falling into the author's design is what stories are supposed to do for you, if nothing else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta - for his unapologetic sincerity and eloquence (and Haymitch, for his quirks and his compassion).


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

    Absolutely not. I really don't want to be mean about this, I'm sure Ms. McCormick is doing this because she loves reading as much as I do. But it's clear she has no idea what she's reading. It's as if she thinks Katniss is 13 and Prim is, what? 6? I'm 21; I remember what it's like to be Katniss' age and if you understand her at all as a person, you certainly wouldn't imagine her saying things in the way Carolyn McCormick portrays her. Sure, this is a


    What character would you cut from The Hunger Games?

    Particularly if you read the subsequent two stories after this one, it feels like each character is incorporated in a worthwhile way. I can't think of a character who didn't at least lend to the imagery of the settings - a reader could so easily have gotten lost in the vastness of Panem (and District 13, later, and the arenas). You could easily lose track of everything, or feel distant from it all. But because of each character, you have a point of reference for each location - you become a citizen of Panem, by discovering it all through these characters at the same time as Katniss does.


    Any additional comments?

    I really am sorry about the blatant criticism of Carolyn McCormick. I stand by what I said, but it's solely for the purpose of, because I love these books as much as I do, a reader who doesn't understand the characters (at least, I don't believe her interpretation would be one which would make as many readers fall in love with the stories as the number who have) does a disservice to the stories. I'm so happy I read the books on my own before downloading the audiobook (to 'reread' it, now that the movie will be coming out soon). I don't think I would have cared as much for the lead characters, especially, had I started with this reading of The Hunger Games. Because I would've pictured Katniss as a childish thirteen-year-old, and I don't think I would've understood her relationships with the people in her life as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 12-08-11
    John 12-08-11

    Health care public relations agency owner

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    "Interesting story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Interesting story...a little slow...a little predictable. I enjoyed it, but it feels as though it's written for middle-schoolers. Not a bad way to spend the morning and evening commutes. A bit disappointed in the ending. Worth a listen, and you most likely won't be disappointed. Judge for yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue or however you spell her name.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Average performance. The problem with a lot of audio books, I find, is that the reading is good, but the production is poor. For example, the timing is off frequently. Where there should be pauses for emphasis, even just a second or two from chapter to chapter, in this book the narrator just plows ahead. I don't blame the reader. I blame lack of quality editing and production.


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

    See the future. It ain't pretty!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Menomonee Falls, WI, United States 12-07-11
    Susan Menomonee Falls, WI, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Reads"

    I didn't find these "young adult" at all. I thought they were very surprising and well written. I agree that the reader had a hard time changing her voice to suit the different characters. I thought some of the details about the games were brilliant and I was interested from beginning to end.

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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 12-07-11
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Very surprised and pleasantly so"

    This book was a recommendation from a trusted source and I understood going in that its target audience was more of a YA age range but the movie trailer and book description sunk the hook and I jumped on this one.

    I think this book and story are excellent. The characters are very well drawn and everything plays out strongly. Collins has created an interesting take on a future USA. There isn't much that explains exactly how the world got to where it became this new nation and districts but it is not even necessary. It isn't the point of the story. Collins excellently builds conflict and the characters are rich and interesting.

    Be warned, this is a dark story on all levels. Collins also doesn't let any of the characters off easy in any situation. Right up to the last page the characters are being emotionally punished. The physical threats in this story are actually less frightening than all the psychological and emotional threats that Collins keeps piling on.

    There were a few moments when Katniss's constant suspicions of her own feelings and the motivations of Peeta start to grind a bit but it doesn't last long and I just came to accept that the trait was who she is.

    The narrator did a good job with all the voices and making sure they were consistent and all of them distinct.

    I'm looking forward to jumping into the next volume.

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    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
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    "Finally read it and glad I did!"

    So I had rebelled against reading this book for a long time because it seemed so popular...yeah I know it doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyway, I broke down and bought it recently and am VERY glad I did!

    It's a sad and disturbing tale that inspires hope and rebellion for me. My only negative is that I was somewhat and frequently annoyed with the cadence of the narrator. I'm unsure if this is due to how the story is woven in print or due to the natural cadence of this narrator (I'm assuming some of both) but I eventually got past it and it turned into a part of the realities of the book I accepted.

    I look forward to reading the rest of the books!

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    kevin 12-06-11
    kevin 12-06-11
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    "kept my attention, and kept me dreaming"

    This one stayed with me even when i went to bed. Couldn't stop listning, and when i did, it followed me into my dreams. loved it!

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    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11
    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A schizophrenic nightmare...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't have been able to get through the print version. This type of story isn't my usual taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss. She was the only character with depth.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She read it just fine but there was a few recording glitches and background noises.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is good. However it reminds me of what schizophrenic person must feel when off their meds: People always watching, magical parachutes falling from the sky, grandiose skills. If it wasn't an audible book I couldn't have done this story. I liked it, but there were believability issues I needed to suspend in order to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 12-05-11
    Steve 12-05-11
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    "Wonderful reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    This is my first audio book that I have listened to. It was so much more than I was expecting. McCormick does a wonderful job in the reading of this book. The slight tone and pitch changes for each character made me believe the actual character was speaking. The reading, or should I say acting, was entertaining without being corny.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The story itself is not overly original. I would describe it as a cross between Logan's Run, The Running Man and Lord of the Flies. There was nothing in the plot that I found surprising. The plot was a bit unbelieveable at times and usually predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was best performed. McCormick did a great job portraying other characters in the voice of the main narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had no extreme reaction in this book as the story was mostly predictable. However, one scene could be a tear-jerker to some.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    8 of 9 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!

    8 of 9 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    Somerset, 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.


    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 10 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
  • 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.

    6 of 8 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
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