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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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    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 02-04-12
    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    If it is meant for teenagers and young adults, then I certainly must be a least young at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The comments about the narrator by other reviewers, I think are unfounded. I found her voice pleasant and enjoyable and I have listened to a lot of books. Going to get the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Z Durham, NC, United States 02-03-12
    Z Durham, NC, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun Listen"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I really enjoyed the various twists and turns throughout The Hunger Games.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Haymitch. He is not the main character but as the story progresses, you begin to see how he communicates and cares for both Katniss & Peeta.


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

    I found myself really drawn into the book when Katniss is in The Hunger Games and no longer hears a response from Rue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Marker Boise, ID USA 02-03-12
    A. Marker Boise, ID USA 02-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but for younger audience"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging Clever Young


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She captures the mercurial and sometimes shallow emotional responses of the young main character very well.


    Any additional comments?

    A clever and engaging story that is well performed. However, for more mature listeners, enduring hour after hour of teenage emotional responses and angst can be bit of a challenge. I'm not saying the story is poorly written, or performed; quite the contrary. In fact, the story stays reasonably true to the young female character. And, that's the problem for me, I find it somewhat difficult to relate to the main character's young immature and sometimes histrionic responses. Overall, it was still a good listen, but mature listeners might want to view it as an enjoyable but over sweet dessert rather than a satisfying main course. My daughter will probably love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Church Road, VA, United States 02-03-12
    Beverly Church Road, VA, United States 02-03-12
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    "Different storyline, I enjoyed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy audiobooks. Reading isn't my favorite thing to do. So using audio books is the solution. Yes, I would promote the Hunger Games in audio format.


    Would you recommend The Hunger Games to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, has a very different storyline. Kept me interested through out the book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her voice and inflections she used


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

    Not sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy United States 02-02-12
    Mindy United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The Hunger Games are thrilling!!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story makes the presentation pale, and the presentation was terrific!


    Any additional comments?

    Read all three books in the trilogy...wonderfully woven tale that keeps you guessing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 02-02-12
    Kindle Customer FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2014

    NYCowboy

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    "Underwelmed but still good"

    I know allot of people praise this book and series. The main thing is the story was written for young adults and so the plot and characters are not to the same level as other dystopian tales written with an older audience in mind. I think the characters other then Katniss were a little under developed and could benefit from more time being spent on there back story. The teenage angst love triangle was just comical, the girl is fighting for her life but is still weighing if she likes Peeta or Gail and how they feel when she kisses Peeta. It is a good story, but better execution could have made it so much better. As for the ending I think it was not the original as it just does not flow right in my mind, like the idea for a trilogy was thought of later and so the original ending was scraped and rewritten to allow for books 2 and 3.

    As for the narration; I think if I had control of the treble on my mp3 player it might not have been so bad. I had the regularly stop listening to the book because my ear started to hurt from the woman's voice. I also had a hard time distinguishing characters at points she did ok overall but there were to many conversations where I could not tell who was suppose to be speaking.

    I think for a younger reader this is a good book, and the idea and story are good but it is not a game changer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele PEYTON, CO, United States 02-02-12
    Michele PEYTON, CO, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Read"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Yes - very good book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta - cause he has a heart of gold


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

    No


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

    I can't sit for that long


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone would like this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    02-02-12
    02-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen to this book in one sitting-----"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story was new and refreshing. The characters were believable. I was right there with her thru it all.


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

    Eragon


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

    No


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

    The ending, I was so touched to see that they had a life to live and children to love and keep safe.


    Any additional comments?

    Three books were not enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12
    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.

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    "Loved It!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    What a great book! It was well written, very descriptive, and thought provoking. The main characters were relatable and you quickly find your self cheering them on. Its action packed and I couldn’t stop, I finished in 2 days!


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    Erica CARTER LAKE, IA, United States 01-30-12
    Erica CARTER LAKE, IA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything I could have wanted and more!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The world and characters Suzanne Collins creates are simply fantastic. I purchased the next in this series, Catching Fire, the instant I finished The Hunger Games.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss is so fallible and human. It's hard not to relate to her.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Perfect narration and entirely believable as the view-point characters.


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

    Absolutely.


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  • 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.

    15 of 17 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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 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!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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