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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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    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story and the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes


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

    I wanted but you need the time


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a great movie

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    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12
    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Goes Too Fast."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Fast. Heartfelt.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am almost to the end of this book and am going to purchase the next in the series so I do not miss out on a trip. I was hesitant at first, wondering if this was another series of the

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    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12
    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2015

    jbirdee

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    "LOVED!"

    VERY creative! My 15-year old daughter got me to listen to this. Just downloaded the next books as well.

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    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12
    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "American Dystopia"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    A fascinating twist on The Lottery, where the winner kills or gets killed. Almost like the draft.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta was my favorite. As a man, I can relate to his unrequited love for Katniss. It was a wonderfully tragic love story.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She put me right into the story. It was like being there myself. A great performance!


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

    Kill, or be loved?


    Any additional comments?

    For me, the mark of a great story is that I can't wait for part 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane York, ME, United States 03-03-12
    Diane York, ME, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My 10-hour drive went by like a flash"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is fast and vital When I finished listening to it I felt that it really had taken me somewhere.


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

    This book reminds me of Phillip Pullman's young adult fiction; The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and so forth.


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

    I had never heard an audio book read by a woman and it took an adjustment on my part as a listener but I became accustomed to it and appreciated it; the reader became part of the experience whereas with male-read stories I am essentially unaware of the reader.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen while driving. The long drive flew by.

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    Terry EARLVILLE, IOWA, United States 03-01-12
    Terry EARLVILLE, IOWA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Addictive!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Sequel please!


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

    Roo


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

    Rich voices--terrific vocal tones, pace, energy.


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

    Catness receiving the bread from district 11


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of digital books--this is among the top 1%.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew jrjrhrhr, VA, United States 03-01-12
    Andrew jrjrhrhr, VA, United States 03-01-12

    i like to sing!!!!!

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    "Hunger games, What I think"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I would listen to the hunger games OVER AND OVER AND OVER again.
    I simply LOVE how the reader spells out every single detail, and is not monotone
    like othe boring readers


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

    i think that the most memorable part was where Peeta and Katniss were about to kill themselves, but they were stopped and annouced


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

    I would have to say that i would have to pick Katniss, a skilled archer, and a good partner


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

    YES!!! if i had that much free time i would be listening to the book right now!!!
    but, unfortunately i don't... :-( ;-p...


    Any additional comments?

    I am SO excited about the movie, and the casting is excellent.
    Now i have a question... TEAM GALE OR TEAM PEETA????


    alright, i think i am done
    but wait, theres more,



    GO HUNGER GAMES!!!

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    Emily Farmington, MO, United States 02-29-12
    Emily Farmington, MO, United States 02-29-12
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    "Excellent!!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my son's first audiobook experience, but he was hooked from the beginning! His friends were all talking about the book, but he was intimidated by the length. We made a deal that he had to follow along in the book and he has LOVED it! I read the book, but plan to listen to it again:)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were very likeable and the story line was, unfortunately, plausible. What terrible beasts humans can be!


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

    No


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    NikNakbzz overland park, KS, United States 02-29-12
    NikNakbzz 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

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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!!!!!

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