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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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    Rachel Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
    Rachel Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    I couldn't stop listening. I had to know what was going to happen next. I'm already half way through the 2nd book in less then 2 days.

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    Rachel Nortonville, ND, United States 12-25-11
    Rachel Nortonville, ND, United States 12-25-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunning. Would recommend to anyone."

    I read the Hunger Games trilogy as they came out years ago and spent a significant amount of time trying to make my mom read them, but she never had the time. I bought the audiobooks for her. Stuck in a car with no escape, my sister and I started the book: She was hooked by the end of the first chapter, and halfway through the book my dad and younger brother were peeved that they'd been left out. So we restarted the book and within a month had finished the entire series. Carolyn McCormick, the narrator, is less than impressive, but after a while she doesn't bother you so much anymore. The book is entrancing. Suzanne Collins effectively creates a world of fear, hunger, and distrust as well as a cast of characters that are so real and memorable that you can't avoid falling in love with them. I haven't been so passionate about a book series since Harry Potter. This is a series for the whole family, from 14 to 56. I can personally vouch for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 12-24-11
    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept us interested from the reaping on."

    We finished the book today and I have already purchased the last two books in this series. Well done, I felt like I was in the game as she was, I felt the same things she did when events turned.

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    Raymond 12-24-11
    Raymond 12-24-11
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    "mediocre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    appealing to animal instinct written for people who have little attention...typical, quantity of stuff in lieu of quality..... each paragraph is just another visual sensationalistic image having only for purpose to stuff the attention of the reader instead of telling a interesting story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    a different author with a different story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    unfortunately not


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    Kailee Pace, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Kailee Pace, FL, United States 12-23-11
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book because I could not stop listening!


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

    When the announcer comes over the speakers of the Hunger Games.


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

    I love the main character, Katniss. She is so wonderful, and doesn't give herself enough credit.


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

    I'm not creative enough for this. Maybe


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    Robert G LUTZ, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Robert G LUTZ, FL, United States 12-23-11
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    "Fantastic Narrator"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Could not stop


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

    When they think that they have won the games.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her range of emotion and variations in the characters is great.


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    Stephan Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-23-11
    Stephan Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-23-11
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The story, characters, and overall theme of the book keeps you engaged from start to finish. A great read for all ages.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her narration of the story was wonderful. You could clearly grasp the scenery and images in great imaginative detail. A first class narrator.


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

    Yes it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Lavishly addicting"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of my favorite series I have had the immense pleasuring of listening to since becoming an audible member. I was instantly drawn into the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins. She does such a thorough job crafting the world that I felt as though I could see with the main character's eyes and smell with her nose, even taste her lamb stew!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss Everding, of course. The protagonist is a wonderfully strong and capable young girl who is used to surviving. I loved tapping into her strength and sparking a rebellion with her.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She is an incredibly gifted narrator. I thought she did a superb job changing her voice for different people and she stayed true to her


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

    When the youngest tribute was killed. I was crying for at least a half hour in my bed. This author is truly amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the series. The second one was a little slow for me and the third one was a little too gruesome, but honestly I would re-read this series in a heart beat. I actually probably will in a few months from now. Thank you for a fantastic story, I'm just sorry that there are only three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 12-23-11
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2015

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "Ranks with Fahrenheit 451 & 1984. A new Classic"
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    This book was excellent. Great characters, great story. This book is a future classic. I think in falls in the same lane as 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Cat's Cradle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    terry swansea, SC, United States 12-21-11
    terry swansea, SC, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book."
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss, very smart,charming and brave


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

    Catniss, her pitches and tones made her come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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