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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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    Barry 02-20-12
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    "engaging story and performance"

    This was a great trilogy. The story is linear, without many distractions. You get into the action quickly. I will note that there are some gruesome scenes, but that does not take away from the story. The collection is very well written and the performance was great. I would recommend these to anyone.

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

    This listen is an easy recommendation. Suzanne Collins' book easily goes beyond the teenage or pre-teen audience that it seems to be marketed to. At 44 years old and having children in the direct market, I wanted to try


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

    Primarily, McCormick doesn't turn the reader off with any hallow affects or try to make the story about her narration. In fact it is her ability to weave voice into the story in such an understated fashion that the listener can hear the Collins' characters developing and thoroughly enjoy the story without becoming turned off by the narration. McCormack's perfect enunciation and lack of pretense in her own purpose comes through so easily that the listner is able to comfortably allow her to bring each character to life in their own voice.


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    Coredapple 02-20-12
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    "Loved it!"

    The story and narration were excellent! Because of this book, I got my Audible All Nighter badge. I couldn't stop until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. Bought the 2nd book soon after.

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    Kate RACINE, WI, United States 02-18-12
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    "I Would Never Survive"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Most definitely, I'm certain that there are details I missed and I loved the narrator's tone of voice and expression.


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

    To Kill a Mockingbird because of the similarities of a dire and helpless situation. I enjoy stories where good is conflicted with evil, and all is not as it seems.


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

    No, but I just ordered the next two books in the series...so I am looking forward to the time spent with her voice!


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

    When Rue was killed. Enough said.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing book, my daughter, a sophomore in high school and avid reader, recommended it to me. I loved it!

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    Ryea CASPER, WY, United States 02-18-12
    Ryea CASPER, WY, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The story line had me hanging on each word. I could not wait for those times in my vehicle because that is where i listened most.


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    "Distopian future that dosen't seem to far off..."
    Any additional comments?

    So Suzanne Collins is no Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, or ...*coughs...Richard Bachman, but The Hunger Games was pretty sweet, I've always enjoyed the concept of characters reacting in response to observation.

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    Karen 02-17-12
    Karen 02-17-12

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

    Collins has written a story about a society gone amok. It's filled with interesting characters and a story line that kept me interested enough to have listened to this several times. Well worth the money.


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    Josée Quebec City, QC, Canada 02-16-12
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    "It really pulls you in"

    You're not sure at first but then you really feel for her and you don't want to stop llistening to it. Great book and the narrative also.

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    "Can't put my headphone down!"

    A fantastic story - it is like watching Survivors and Battle Royale at the same time! Brilliant.

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    Barbara 02-15-12
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    "Unbelievable!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The best narration I've heard. I felt like I was in the arena! I dodged fire balls when Katniss did! My heart raced when hers did! Finished this one the day after I started & I'm downloading 'Catching Fire' as we speak. Don't pass this book up.


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