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The Hunger Games Audiobook

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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    Lisa Cary, NC, United States 02-14-12
    Lisa Cary, NC, United States 02-14-12

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    "Wish I had know this was the first in a Trilogy"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again only because I want to use the time to listen to something new.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss, of course. She is so young and naive, so unaware of her innate stength, and who she is and who she could become.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is one of the earliest scenes, where she volunteers to be tribute in place of her beloved younger sister.


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

    This book had the same effect on me as when I read about the Romans and the Gladiaters facing lions in the arena.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is thought provoking and captivating. I was almost angry though at the ending, very let down! Until I found a book review online and discovered it was the first in a trilogy. Should have realized that the

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    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 02-13-12
    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't stop"

    Story and writing is good. I found myself listening for hours. The reader is a bit slow so I listened on 1.5x speed all throughout the book.

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    Amazon Customer Canton, OH, United States 02-13-12
    Amazon Customer Canton, OH, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was entertaining from start to end. I loved it, and I think everyone would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it came from the view of the lead character. It was obviously fiction, but was mostly a believable tale.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn had a strong voice, and I always knew which character she was speaking for.


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

    I did shed a few tears when she sang a song while one of the characters were dying.


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    Samantha 02-13-12
    Samantha 02-13-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Amazingly Engaging"
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    I chose this book based on the movie preview. The books are so amazing, I listened to all three in one week. I was so engaged the books had me laughing, crying and rooting for every character. Heck I was even talking back to the audio! I'm IN LOVE!!!

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    Catherine 02-12-12
    Catherine 02-12-12
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone. I actually got it for my son for school, but I got caught up in it and loved it. I can't wait to read Catching Fire now.


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    Mike McKinney, TX, United States 02-12-12
    Mike McKinney, TX, United States 02-12-12
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    "Riveting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Captivating from the minute it begins. Collins has a way of bringing the reader into this futuristic world with just enough hints of the present.


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    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 02-11-12
    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 02-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not just for young adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio version of this book because I felt that Carolyn McCormick managed to make the character of Katniss become real to me. She also did a very job a portraying the personalities of the other characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the story line was similar to a few old classics like Shirley Jackson's


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

    As stated above, she made the character of Katniss real to me while still giving personality to the rest of the story's characters.


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

    No as I wanted to absorb some of the details before I went on to listen to the rest. This was a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't just of interest to the young adult audience that it was written for, it is a good story and therefore interesting to a wide variety of age groups.

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    DAS United States 02-11-12
    DAS United States 02-11-12
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    "Moving"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Not necessarily, but I don't re-do much


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnius


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, kept interest.


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

    Kat's introspective reflections


    Any additional comments?

    Glad my friends encouraged me to read/listen to this.

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    Lindsey Frisco, TX, United States 02-10-12
    Lindsey Frisco, TX, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This Book Is Awesome!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    I have to say that this book keeps your attention the entire time, I cannot wait to see the movie!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Katnis found Peter hiding in the mud.


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

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you will love it!!! I can't wait to read the second book!

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    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12
    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!Bayview N.S.W. AUSTRALIA

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    "Not a fan"
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    At best, an entertaining concept. However, the storyline had an inevitable climax.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters seemed to lack any real passion.


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    I think the narration was adequate


    Do you think The Hunger Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am pleased that I only ordered the first book, even though the 2nd and 3rd were on sale at the time. I wouldn't care to continue pursuing the fate of these characters, there was no real depth to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I see that they are about to make a series of films of these books.
    They may capture the interest of the teen market, but I think these books have no maturity in character development or plot development.

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