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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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    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-13-11
    Brighyehn Evergreen, AL, United States 06-13-11
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    "One of the best, original, YA book I've read."

    I've listened to many audiobooks, but this one really stood out among the crowd! Really! It was full of action, drama, suspense, surprise, and even some romance mixed up in all that. Kinda reminded me of a side salad( haha. no? No one laughed.. okay..well..) yeah, anyways, it was a really good book. Try it, you won't feel bad about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    abigail Seattle, WA, United States 06-09-11
    abigail Seattle, WA, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Remember the story is for a younger audience."

    I read this book with high expectations. I forgot that it was written for teenagers, not 30-somethings. As long as you remember the target audience for this book, you will be fine.

    The idea is interesting. It's post-apocalyptica US-meets-reality-television. Some creative concepts and visuals came from this idea.

    The end became a little long and at times cringable, but don't give up. I was wrong about the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-06-11
    Michelle Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-06-11
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    "Great book!"

    I didn't think a series would ever rival Harry Potter- but this one kept me just as, if not more, riveted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aksblizzard 06-03-11
    aksblizzard 06-03-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "The Hunger Games - A Great Read!"

    This page turner will keep you listening. Follow the female protagonist through a chilling tale of survival of the fittest. This novel will appeal to young adults as well as an older audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacia Laytonville, CA, United States 06-01-11
    Stacia Laytonville, CA, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A great recommendation"

    A young friend of mine (he is twelve) highly recommended this. I waited to listen to it thinking it was going to be too young. My mistake. Totally enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thanks Riley for turning me on to this one! I'm 53 and ordering book 2 today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W H Saint Marys Georgia 05-29-11
    W H Saint Marys Georgia 05-29-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent book - Glad there's more to come."

    An interesting, can't put it down story. Good for any audience, except for graphic violence descriptions. Very well done. Excellent narrator. So glad there is more to come - it definitely leaves you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie United States 05-28-11
    Jamie United States 05-28-11
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    "Surprisingly Awesome"

    I never would have imagined I'd enjoy a teenager-sci-fi book so much. I couldn't wait to find time to listen to it. Fantastic.

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    Lindsay Mableton, GA, United States 05-25-11
    Lindsay Mableton, GA, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Just For Young Adults??"

    This is a well written and narrated audio book, but it is in the end just a love story. My 24 year old daughter loved it and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series but I want be moving on to the next book.

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    Jake Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-25-11
    Jake Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"

    This book grabs you from the start. Reminds me of The Running Man with kids.

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    Thomas G Schroedl 05-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow, overrated"

    Not sure how this book gets rated so highly. I LOVE the Big Brother sort of concept, but you have to deliver. The telling of the story falls short on so many levels. I felt nothing for the characters and believed none of their relationships. The story leads you along like a child and is painfully predictable. I did not believe they were hungry. I did not feel their pain. Nothing surprised me. I never felt they were in true danger. A parachute can appear at any moment after all. The boy's love for Catness started at age 5?? Come on. Falling for a hot little teenage body made more sense, but the author was obviously writing a clean, sappy teen romance novel for girls. It's the murder games theme that gets in her way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lindsay
    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
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    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!

    7 of 8 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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    9 of 11 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.

    5 of 6 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
  • Ellie
    DUNOON, 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.


    1 of 1 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
  • 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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