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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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    stanley Cape Town, South Africa 07-21-11
    stanley Cape Town, South Africa 07-21-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliantly story muddied by poor narration"

    The Hunger Games is one of my favourite trilogies. I bought the audiobook hoping to recreate the experience. I honestly can’t get over my disappointment at one of my favourite books ruined by such an unskilled narrator. Carolyn McCormick seems to struggle getting the words out of her mouth. I can almost painfully hear her mouth exaggerate the movements. In print Katniss came across – to me at least – as a strong girl with a sarcastic sense of humour. The sarcasm seems to be lost on McCormick. Her accent drove me to complete distraction as well. I honestly think I could have done a better job at narrating this story (actually, I kept correcting McCormick’s enunciation in my head throughout the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Warrawee, Australia 07-20-11
    Linda Warrawee, Australia 07-20-11
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    "Great Listening"

    This story transends age - I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this gripping tale. I would highly recommend.

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    Mary Catherine NC 07-15-11
    Mary Catherine NC 07-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A book for adolescents?"

    The book was a little dark for me, but I did listen to all three books. The reader was fine but didn't seem to match the mail character. SPOILER ALERT: A score of teenagers are forced to kill or be killed for sport and public entertainment. If this is a book for young adults, I wonder what their favorite part will be. When a little girl is killed by a spear in the neck? Or maybe when the main character kills two teenagers at one time? Or when one boy gets torn apart by animals? Stick around to the end, and you can enjoy the part where little children are slaughtered. All three books are filled with images of killing and being killed. Why this should be recommended for young adults I don't know. This is also a Twilight kind of book where the female character goes back an forth between two males until your head could spin. I always want both guys to just walk away from all that erratic behavior - it is demeaning to both male characters when the girl is that fickle

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    michelle United States 07-14-11
    michelle United States 07-14-11
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    "engaging"

    this story held my attention and the need to know what happens next throughout this book started from the first chapter...
    a great book!
    on to book 2 =]

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee L. 07-14-11
    Renee L. 07-14-11 Listener Since 2003
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    "Very original, kept me hooked from the start"

    This book is a great if you want time to fly by while on a cross country road trip. It kept my interest pretty much every second and made time pass quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BiJae Troutdale, OR, United States 07-11-11
    BiJae Troutdale, OR, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Enter a whole new world.."

    Suzanne Collins paints wonderful pictures in your mind with her words. This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's written for teenagers, however adults will enjoy it too. The story is a little dark, but masterfully written. The heroine in the story faces many challenges along the way. She faces many conflicts in "The Games" some with the other contestants, but the biggest one is the internal conflict she faces with her emotions. I enjoyed reading this book, finishing it in three sittings. I enjoyed this book so much I bought the series for my teenage niece. Together we will share in the adventures.

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    Suzanne 07-09-11
    Suzanne 07-09-11
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    "Enthralling and Captivating"

    This book was one of the best I've listened to in years. The reader is fantastic and adds to the escape of the novel. It is exciting without being too gory. I finished the book very quickly and immediately bought the rest of the series. Many of the characters are multi-dimensional and I couldn’t stop thinking about them after I finished the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 07-06-11
    Gina BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hunger Games Book #1 and #2"

    The first two books in this trilogy are fantastic and I am downloading book #3 now. I have listened to the first two quickly because you get sucked in and can't escape. I found myself walking around with headphones doing laundry and cleaning my house. Escape into the crazy games and buy it!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. McCauley 07-05-11
    T. McCauley 07-05-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Satisfaction"

    I don't write too many of these however I'd like to share I was surprisingly drawn into the story quickly. From the description I thought it sounded new but similar to some movies I'd seen and yet it was something, for me, I enjoyed. The only thing I would say was the ending left me a little unsatisfied. Whether that be by design or not ... I recommend this book for a change of imaginary pace.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 07-05-11
    Amazon Customer Utah 07-05-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Some of the best books were written for YA"

    As anticipation for the movie grows, I was taking another look at this book and found that I had neglected to write a review. This was one of the first Audible books I listened to, and was sucked in immediately. Having taught reading to young people several years ago, I have read a number of YA books, and if they are written by a good author, they can be just as engrossing, thought-provoking and valuable as any adult literature. That is the way it is with "The Hunger Games." I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found it to be very well written and worth my while - so much so that I immediately bought the second book, and couldn't wait for the third. I was sad to finish the series.

    I found so much symbolism in this story, signs of foreboding, warning, hope, and love. The biggest lesson I learned from the book was that this scenario, or one like it, is not out of the realm of possibility for our country. Heaven help us if something like this does come to pass, but it is possible, especially with the way things are going right now with our lack of patriotism or pride in our country, and our apparent willingness to throw our freedom away. But there is also the lesson of hope, and of determination and integrity that, when used in the right way by the right person, can turn things around.

    I hope the movie is good. They are almost never as good as the book, but here's hoping it lives up to its potential. It could be fabulous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    8 of 9 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!

    8 of 9 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!

    10 of 12 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.

    8 of 10 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
    Somerset, 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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