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The Hunger Games Audiobook
The Hunger Games
Written by: 
Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: 
Carolyn McCormick
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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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 02-29-12
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT"

    This book was Great! I loved the characters and i can't wait to read the next book catching fire! It was so entertaining. Really makes you feel for all the characters in the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-29-12

    Muisc is Life

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

    The Narrator is AMAZING. I loved this book. I've already listened to the series twice!


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

    I haven't found a comparison. Each book in the series was stand alone good. I've never had a series captivate me like this one did.


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

    No - this was my first. I will definately look up her others.


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

    YES - I listened to the entire series within a week!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, United States 02-29-12
    Sarah PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, United States 02-29-12
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    "AWESOME BOOK!!!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    NUMBER 1


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is had a little bit of everything. It had drama, action & adventure, romance, and even a little dash of horror.


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

    I loved the voice she made for Effie!!! It was exactly how I would have pictured myself.


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

    It moved me when Katniss sang to Rue as she was dying. I couldn't help but cry during that part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susie amy Louisville, KY 02-28-12
    susie amy Louisville, KY 02-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Obsessed with the series"

    I am obsessed with the Hunger games series. I can't stop listening to it. I can't wait for the movie. I am inlove with the characters. This is the best book I have ever purchased on here. If you love action, romance and drama you will be inlove with the books. It is somewhat similar to the "Twilight Series" however it's more realistic of what could happen to the world in the future. Definitely worth every penny/credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Werner Rockville, IN, United States 02-28-12
    Werner Rockville, IN, United States 02-28-12
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    "Great one of a kind"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    This was a great book, I loved it. The story kept me involed and I love Kat myself now


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

    The cave chapter, love story


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

    Kat


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

    I had so many, I do not know which one to pick from


    Any additional comments?

    The book is great and now I can not wait for the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle 02-27-12
    Noelle 02-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just for young adults"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I plan to hand this book to my 10 year old step daughter. She will love this story.
    My only regret about this book is that it didn't exist when I was a young adult.

    The story is well developed. The heroine, Katniss, is the girl I often heard in my head while I was growing up and making decisions during tough times.

    The setting is reminisce of Huxley's Brave New World. The games are the Olympics meet the Holocaust. I mean that. My caution to parents in around the violence. Is your child mature enough to watch Schindler's List? If so, it's probably safe to let them read this book.

    I can't wait until my whole family gets the chance to read this so we can discuss it around the kitchen table!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Katniss.


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

    I have, but I now identify her as the voice of Katniss.


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

    Many parts in this book made me think. I felt compassion and empathy for the young people forced to kill one another by the government. I drew parallels to the society I already live in and these themes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, fast reads, can't put them down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 02-27-12
    Mary United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating plot"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The suspense


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

    The part about the berries


    How could the performance have been better?

    Did not like her voice -- she sounds too old and hard.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 02-27-12
    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 02-27-12
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    "AMAZING"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    AMAZING, thrilling, unexpected


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story never stops. It was fast paced and honest to human behavior. I loved every second.


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

    Great narrator. I was able to get lost in the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 02-26-12
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!! Excellent!!!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The excitement. I could hardly stop listening to it.


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

    Thrilling


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best I've listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-26-12
    John 02-26-12

    Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!

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    "Brilliant story."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The Hunger Games moved along at a good pace and kept itself focused on a compelling character. Despite the character having some less than savory qualities, she is a character that keeps you interested in what happens next.


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

    Although I have preferred male readers over female readers (Allyson Johnson left a bad taste in my mouth) Carolyn McCormick made each character distinctive without sounding like a five-year-old girl mimicking her father's voice and/or giving them an outrageous and out of place accent.


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

    My reaction was one of surprise. I wanted to read it before the movie had a chance to ruin it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 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!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
    Overall
    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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