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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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    Noelle 02-27-12
    Noelle 02-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just for young adults"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I plan to hand this book to my 10 year old step daughter. She will love this story.
    My only regret about this book is that it didn't exist when I was a young adult.

    The story is well developed. The heroine, Katniss, is the girl I often heard in my head while I was growing up and making decisions during tough times.

    The setting is reminisce of Huxley's Brave New World. The games are the Olympics meet the Holocaust. I mean that. My caution to parents in around the violence. Is your child mature enough to watch Schindler's List? If so, it's probably safe to let them read this book.

    I can't wait until my whole family gets the chance to read this so we can discuss it around the kitchen table!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Katniss.


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

    I have, but I now identify her as the voice of Katniss.


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

    Many parts in this book made me think. I felt compassion and empathy for the young people forced to kill one another by the government. I drew parallels to the society I already live in and these themes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, fast reads, can't put them down!

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    Mary United States 02-27-12
    Mary United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating plot"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The suspense


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

    The part about the berries


    How could the performance have been better?

    Did not like her voice -- she sounds too old and hard.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to the sequel.

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    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 02-27-12
    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 02-27-12
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    "AMAZING"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    AMAZING, thrilling, unexpected


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story never stops. It was fast paced and honest to human behavior. I loved every second.


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

    Great narrator. I was able to get lost in the story


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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 02-26-12
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!! Excellent!!!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The excitement. I could hardly stop listening to it.


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

    Thrilling


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best I've listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-26-12
    John 02-26-12

    Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!

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    "Brilliant story."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The Hunger Games moved along at a good pace and kept itself focused on a compelling character. Despite the character having some less than savory qualities, she is a character that keeps you interested in what happens next.


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

    Although I have preferred male readers over female readers (Allyson Johnson left a bad taste in my mouth) Carolyn McCormick made each character distinctive without sounding like a five-year-old girl mimicking her father's voice and/or giving them an outrageous and out of place accent.


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

    My reaction was one of surprise. I wanted to read it before the movie had a chance to ruin it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


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    Kimberly A Redic Brighton, MI United States 02-25-12
    Kimberly A Redic Brighton, MI United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Young exciting heroine...read by a middle-aged wom"
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    The story is great, with a full range of interesting characters and moral dilemmas.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was a total mismatch. This is an exciting story of young heroes and heroines defying the adults and the establishment--why did you have it read by an adult? This middle-aged woman was poor across the board--from the 12 year old Rue to the crusty drunk Hamitch, and definitely for our heroine Katniss. Couldn't you find some exciting young people to perform this for us?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I will listen to the other 2 books in the series. I will probably read them instead, since it is the same performer.

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    Don Dacula, GA, United States 02-25-12
    Don Dacula, GA, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow to start....but..."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    After the author gets to the actual Hunger Games, the story takes off like a rocket!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simple, Catness, the main character is definitely the best. I found myself wanting to help her. I could really visualize her and her trials and tribulations.


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

    First book I have read of hers, but I did just download the other 2 books.


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

    When Roo dies, that was definitely moving.


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    Stacy 02-24-12
    Stacy 02-24-12

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    "Excellant series and Narrated beautifully!"
    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick is the voice that turned me back on to audiobooks. I have a hard time not dosing off listening to others but not Carolyn. Her performance is wonderful throughout all 3 books. The life she brings to each individual character is amazing. I am so glad I gave this a try. I was not disappointed. I even had to up my membership to the next level so I could continue on with the series.


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

    Absolutely had a very hard time turning this off!! I listened for hours on end, every chance I got!


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    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 02-24-12
    David ROANOKE, VA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.

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    "Read the book so you can watch the movie"

    The Hunger Games series will steal your soul. These books are not just for YA listeners but for anyone interested in action. It kept my attention and I almost listened to the entire book in one sitting. Book 1 sets up the series but also has its own ending.

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    Jacqueline 02-24-12
    Jacqueline 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Performance Nearly Ruins Story"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle-ish. Luckily I read the books before purchasing the audiobooks. I'm not sure I would have bothered to read the second two if I had listened to the audiobook first. See below for more details.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Everything. Well, they got one thing right, I guess...she's female. She is far too old to be Katniss. Mostly though the problem is the way she over-enunciates everything. There are two main effects: (1) it's odd and annoying because it's so unnatural. For example, she says


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

    Yes with respect to the story. Definitely. The entire series is hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    If you hate the audiobooks, don't give up on the story. Make the effort to read the series if you can--it is well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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