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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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    Amazon Customer 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping characters and themes"

    Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.

    When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.

    Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.

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    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12
    Jeanette Battle Mountain, NV, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014

    Jnette

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    "FanTaculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I couldn't stop listening!! Definitely made my top 5 list!!!!


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

    I cried when Prim was called, I cried when I thought Peeta would die.... I laughed when they were finally free... If only for a minute...


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

    Nope


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

    HECK YEAH!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much!!!

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    Meredith 03-12-12
    Meredith 03-12-12
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    "Took a chance after another 50+ age review!"

    This series was probably written with 15-25 year olds in mind (I'm 56), but I loved the story, character development, narrator. I loved book one! Couldn't stop listening. Author gives a slightly new twist on a future world and it is nice to have a heroine front and center. I recommend this series, although I did think book 2 dragged a tad. Give it a try.

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    Kindle Customer Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12
    Kindle Customer Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12

    family tree buff

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    "There's a reason the whole world loves this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! It is fantastic. The narrator definitely adds to this book. I wish I would have listened to, instead of read the second two books in this series.


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

    I loved everything about this book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I did love her singing. I don't think my imagination could have performed like she did.


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

    Yes, I was hooked on it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Weston, WI, United States 03-11-12
    Krista Weston, WI, United States 03-11-12

    I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!

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    "Strong, Butt-Kicking Female Lead"

    This book (and audio listen) has it all: friendship, heartache, action, romance, wit, suspense. I oohed, aahed, winced, cried, got really angry, cheered, booed. I did it all. I really didn't think I'd be able to support adolescent characters who are thrown into a brutal, real-life survivor arena with the need to fight to the death, but somehow Katniss, Peeta, Rue and a host of other characters took up residence in my heart. This book took me by surprise and I'm so glad it lived up to all the hype. Plus, what's not to love about a strong, self-sufficient, butt-kicking female lead!

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    Statman DALLAS, TX, United States 03-10-12
    Statman DALLAS, TX, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2010

    Allison

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    "perfect"

    I am not an avid fiction reader but I fell in love with this trilogy. I would recommend this series to all ages and genre readers. Its just so captivating !

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    SLarson 03-10-12
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    "Why is this read by an oldish lady!?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This would be so much better if read by someone <40. I read the book first, and got the audible to re-read it because it was so amazing. Unfortunately, this reader is ruining it for me. :(


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Only if the character is supposed to be >30. I won't buy another Hunger Games audible.


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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-10-12
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "holy crap that was awesome!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was captured from the start and couldn't stop listening.


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

    Every moment is memorable.


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

    No...this was my first.


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

    The survival strategies of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is sooooooo darn good. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.

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    Amazon Customer TACOMA, WA, United States 03-10-12
    Amazon Customer TACOMA, WA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a mother of 16 yr old twins..Mikael&Miranda. My kids think I am a big dork listening to my books. I love to read but its nice to read twice as many books and listen while working.

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

    I loved it, I usually listen to the same music on my android while working. I am a vender so I am in and out of different stores for 8-10 hrs twice a week. I got my first book last week and finished about 3/4 of it. I am a full-time student right now so I don't have time to read any of my books that I was reading about 3-4 a week. I can't wait to download my next book!! Although, I think I need change my monthly credit 1 is just not enough!!!


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

    No I haven't but am looking forward to more.


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

    YES


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    Carol C. Peterson 03-10-12
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    "Mediocre writing; far too violent for me"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are numb to senseless violence.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins???s story?

    Endless death


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader didn't get inthe way


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hunger Games?

    About half of the deaths. I skipped about six of them. Boring and depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    I get the point about reality television in the extreme. I am seriously concerned if this is typical of YA books.

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  • 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    19 of 22 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.

    19 of 22 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!

    8 of 9 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.

    12 of 14 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!

    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.

    12 of 15 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!

    12 of 15 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
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    4/12/12
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    "Great book, disappointing audiobook."

    Let me begin by saying that Suzanne Collins' novel is incredible! I really enjoyed reading the whole trilogy; however, my disappointment came when I purchased this audiobook for friends to listen to on a long car journey. The reader has a clear and strong voice and I'm sure is very suited to other texts, but not appropriate for The Hunger Games. She reads the text very slowly almost as if she is reading a recipe. It's incongruous with the pacy, first person, present tense narrative of the Hunger Games. There was just no drama or tension being developed in the way it was read. I do not want to sound overly critical of the reader, but as I said: disappointing.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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