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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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    Deanna Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-05-11
    Deanna Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-05-11
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    "Super exciting series!!"

    This is a fabulous series!!!! It is a must-read for all ages. This story and characters will suck you in and not let you got until the end! I read all three books in 2 weeks. By far the best story I have read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CINDY 04-04-11
    CINDY 04-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "WORTH YOUR TIME!"

    The excellent narration by Carolyn McCormick will take you on an incredible journey. The story line is engaging and thought provoking and makes you wonder if this could happen. Though the relationships portrayed are a little predictable, you can't help but fall in love with Katness, Peeta, Prim, Rue and how they all intertwine. Well done! I look forward to the next one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Corvallis, OR, United States 03-30-11
    Alison Corvallis, OR, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "So good!"

    This book kept my whole family (my husband and me, three high-schoolers and a fifth grader) spellbound for an entire two-day car journey. When we arrived, the kids wanted to stay in the car in the hotel parking lot to listen to the last ten minutes of the story. It really is just that exciting. We have been fighting over readership of the three printed novels ever since.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 03-29-11
    laurie eller the South 03-29-11 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "Five stars but really did not enjoy this book."

    I gave this listen five stars because I felt it was fantastically written, kept my attention and caused me to fall in love with many of the characters. However, I did not enjoy this book. I'm a mother of four young children and the thought of them fighting to the death bothered me. Really? This is what the world would come to? I don't know. I would like to think that our race is smarter than that. Like I said, I'm giving it five stars because it's really a GREAT book and really is meant for the younger crowd...I think I just found myself getting too emotionally wrapped up in it. I did read the next book but stopped at the final book. Enough is enough. ha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sedona, AZ, United States 03-26-11
    Karen Sedona, AZ, United States 03-26-11
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    "thought I ordered the WHOLE book"

    There are three books in the trilogy of The Hunger Games. I was under the impression that I had ordered the entire first book of The Hunger Games. It downloaded to my Mac iTunes with only 13 out of 27 chapters. So far I've not been able to find a way to download the rest of the book. I'm still trying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Southgate, MI, United States 03-24-11
    Trisha Southgate, MI, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Exceptional, yet disturbingly dark"

    I would definitely recommend this book to young and old alike even though it was written for young adults. I thought it was an exceptional book despite the dark vision of life after the fall of the U.S. Since I cannot begin to imagine something as barbaric as the hunger games, I found myself disturbed and angry more often than not. On the other hand, I also had hope for Katniss and could not help cheering her on. It really was a strange mix of very strong emotions throughout the entire book. Yet, it did not stop me from finishing the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 03-19-11
    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 03-19-11
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I had never heard of this book but chose it based on its ratings. I'm a middle aged man and was worried it would be a teen adventure thing but its way better. It's kind of Logan's Run meets Battle Royale. Great read and the narrator has just the right voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-16-11
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Got me hooked"

    The first of the trilogy got me hooked. The story moves right along but you often wonder "what is she thinking?!" about the heroine.

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    Randa Inkster, MI, United States 03-14-11
    Randa Inkster, MI, United States 03-14-11
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    "Great Narration, Great for all age groups"

    The narration is wonderful! Really, a great job. The ONLY qualm I have about the narrator is that she sounds way older than 16 (the age of the character telling the story). She doesn't sound ancient, but she sounds like a 30 yr. old. ....Or perhaps, that's just my personal take, being mid 30s myself. Which leads us to the next point...

    I know this book is listed as pre-teen/adolescent, but honestly, it reads well for older generations as well. I think the main thing making it an adolescent read is that it's chalk full of physical adventures of the unknown and unpredictable. I remember reading such stories and being fascinated by them as a teen myself. There's a lot of exploration (forced or not) in this book. The risk, the danger, the uncertainty...all wonderful, except for me, being older, I've sort of been there done that. YET, it still kept me tied and anticipating every next move! Really quite amazing.

    As an older adult, I find myself more interested however, in the bigger scheme of things. The bigger issues and philosophies of this. Politics is perhaps a better word. In a stark manner, this bears an uncanny resemblance to our own world and current things going on, albeit, an extreme interpretation, but one very unsettling just the same.

    I look forward to the next installment.

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    Janeite 03-13-11
    Janeite 03-13-11
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    "Riveting, but violent"

    I was spellbound by this wonderfully written book. The only reservation is that it is so violent, whether "PG-type" of violence or not, as noted by other reviewers. I wish I could offer equally as engaging, quality reading to young adults without the premise that all teh kids were required to kill each other.

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  • 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.

    7 of 8 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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    9 of 11 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.

    5 of 6 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
    DUNOON, 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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