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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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    Amber Monticello, UT, United States 01-01-12
    Amber Monticello, UT, United States 01-01-12
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Totally! It caught my attention from the very beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Pita a lot. With out him Katnis would not be Katnis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure... i just liked the whole book.


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

    It made me laugh a few times, and yes i did cry once.


    Any additional comments?

    Really really great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne austin, TX, United States 12-31-11
    Suzanne austin, TX, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print but really liked the audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    such an unusual story that takes your mind to places unknown. Great characters also


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

    not sure, she did so well with them all


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

    yes probably both


    Any additional comments?

    I would read more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Perth, Australia 12-29-11
    David Perth, Australia 12-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed it very much since the reader is enthusiastic and reads clearly. What one does miss, of course, is the spelling of names etc. Many of my students prefer to listen to books because the book is read so fluently and it comes alive when read well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a fair amount of violence in the narrative but it is not too graphic. The suspense at the end of chapters keeps you enthralled.


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

    No - but I really enjoyed this one.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this, I couldn't wait to get the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KittyRock 12-29-11
    KittyRock 12-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book ever!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very interesting audiobook; I suggest it for an audiobook beginner, it will get you hooked and you'll want to read more and more books via audio!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was superb and very intriguing.


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

    She used just the right levels of emotion when needed


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tara FELTON, CA, United States 12-29-11
    tara FELTON, CA, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2013
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    "can't put it down!"

    This was a great listen and even turned my boyfriend on to Audible... More like got him addicted to audible. We finished the eleven hour book in two days together. The story was adventurous and suspenseful with a GREAT narrator. I would recommend this to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 12-29-11
    Ann 12-29-11

    Ann

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    "Memorable characters, very good story"

    Plenty of action, memorable characters and a story to capture the imagination. Great book for adults as well as teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 12-28-11
    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "If only every book could be this good!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    The entire series was awesome! Great reader, excellent story line. I loved it from beginning to end.


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

    Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name) wrote The Long Walk. I would compare the two as they are both based on a game of life and death where the purpose is for lifetime success and entertainment of the viewers.


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

    Peter. Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job changing her voice and making you feel that Peter was talking.


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

    YES, but it was too long to do that. I continually looked forward to turning it back on.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire series is worth listening to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Spring, Texas, United States 12-28-11
    David Spring, Texas, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun book and sereis"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Suzanne Collins has written a fun and entertaining story with this triology. She excelled at telling the story from a single perspective.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
    Holly Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
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    "A Classic For ALL Ages!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is at the VERY top! Once I was engaged, which happened very early on, I couldn't stop listening to this book. It is brilliantly written, and well narrated. I am 33 years old and I am telling you this book is NOT just for teens. It is for all ages, and has an excellent plot, story line, and message. I am also NOT a sci-fi reader, and was a bit worried I would get bored and put this away, but it really is more than a sci-fi. It is also about life in general, a love story, day to day life, survival, mystery...it really is a lot of genres rolled up into one fabulous book.


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

    There are several moments throughout the book. Especially how Katness handles herself when in the arena and how she and Peeta's relationship slowly changes over the course of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this and all the books in the series to any and everyone! I promise you will be captivated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 12-27-11
    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 12-27-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great story. Absolutely grating narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Not at all. The narrator would define the noun


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

    Almost every part except hearing it read out loud.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her false accent, if you want to call it that, is way too distracting. She gets a little too weird describing the food, too (I know that's an integral theme in the book, but it shouldn't sound... sexual.) She does the forceful parts no justice, almost making a caricature of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to see the whole series is narrated by the same person. I'm hoping she got some tips after the first and improved it - we'll see.

    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.

    15 of 17 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.

    9 of 10 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
  • Bella
    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 6 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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