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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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    samantha 03-05-12
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Uncomparable, futurstic-possiblities sadly, Unable to stop even until the last word of mockingjay/


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters and how eachone grows. How truly you could imagine this happening, We all have seen at least one reality show and have become immune to most violence, how long will it take for us to combine the two?


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

    Although i havent hear C.M.'s performances before i believe she is so creative when it comes to voices, exclamations, and all around enjoyable.


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

    I laughed and i cried and there were times i wished i could be there to help the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I recomend this book to anyone but be warned have tissues at the ready

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    Kimberlee Fall River, NS, Canada 03-05-12
    Kimberlee Fall River, NS, Canada 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Made my commute a joy..."
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this so much that I did not hesitate to get the whole trilogy.


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

    I could relate to Katniss's anguish when, during the games, she worried about Gale's feelings as she demonstrsted her love for Peeta.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick is able to express joy, despair, anger, fear, all without being over the top or losing track of the speakers.


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

    When Katniss volunteered to take prim's place in the games, my heart was in my throat. So moving.


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    Sara Napa, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Sara Napa, CA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Story is spectacular. The performace was good but a little sterile. I can't wait to get the next one!


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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 03-05-12
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Why is this so hot (no pun intended)?"

    Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I'm not sad one of my credits went to getting it, but it didn't really stand out. I've read this story before and this spin wasn't sufficiently unique or stand out to make me think otherwise. It really read like a mash up of The Long Walk and Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name). It is a really good mash up, but I never really stopped thinking it was a mash up. I have started the second book and will happily finish the series simply because it well written.

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    Antonia United States 03-05-12
    Antonia United States 03-05-12
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    "1st Time Audible User"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Although I liked the audible version, I think the book version is better.


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

    None that can think of at the moment.


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

    I liked Peeta.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the audible book, however since I'm somewhat of a speed reader, the audible book tends to move a bit slower than I prefer. I would choose an audible book while travelling instead of daily reading.

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    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-05-12
    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-05-12

    Loves reading books, but have limited time. So audible presents a perfect solution for me!

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    "Excellent book by Suzanne Collins"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Yes, because it is an excellent book. The lady reading the book is really good and keeps you wanting more and more.


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

    When Catnis Everdeen shot an killed one of the career tributes.


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

    I have not, but will definitely buy a book that she reads again.


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

    It kept me extremely entertained. I listen to the book while I am stuck in traffic and at some parts of the book I cheered and shouted for Catnis to do something.......like shoot her Catnis, shoot her!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a really good book and I am already listening to the second one and the will quickly move on to the third installment of the Hunger Games.

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    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story...Meh to the narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this trilogy overall. There is nothing I could really pinpoint about one single thing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really didn't particularly like the narration. She makes Katniss seem like such a little girl and that's not what her character is about


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

    They did make a film about this book!


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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    It took my son awhile to convince me to download this book but I'm so glad I did. It's a great listen!

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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Entertaining enough."

    There are some books written to be big obnoxious blockbuster movies. This is one. With absolutely no character development, I'm sure the screen adapters had an easy job. Probably won't see the movie

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    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
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    "Lovely"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Addicting, & Moving


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

    Twilight Sega. Easy read, wonderful story. I couldnt put it down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything in the cave.


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

    Let the Games begin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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