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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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    Thomas G Schroedl 05-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow, overrated"

    Not sure how this book gets rated so highly. I LOVE the Big Brother sort of concept, but you have to deliver. The telling of the story falls short on so many levels. I felt nothing for the characters and believed none of their relationships. The story leads you along like a child and is painfully predictable. I did not believe they were hungry. I did not feel their pain. Nothing surprised me. I never felt they were in true danger. A parachute can appear at any moment after all. The boy's love for Catness started at age 5?? Come on. Falling for a hot little teenage body made more sense, but the author was obviously writing a clean, sappy teen romance novel for girls. It's the murder games theme that gets in her way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Parap, Australia 05-13-11
    Sally Parap, Australia 05-13-11
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    "A fabulous ride"

    What a "page turner". Best audio book I've listened to in a long time. Simple enough so you can multi-task a bit, but at the same time thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. (I'd give it 4.5 stars but don't seem to get the option of half stars)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 05-12-11
    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 05-12-11 Member Since 2013

    Author of My Zombie Dog

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    "Wrong Voice"

    Story is great, but the reader articulates it so slowly and without the emotional range, that it sounds like a Margaret Attwood literary novel. The narrator's pitch and formalilty slows the narrative down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Missy Slim 05-03-11
    Missy Slim 05-03-11

    Missy Slim

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    "A wonderful story"

    This is one of those rare stories I "couldn't put down." I usually listen to books on tape in the car, but, every once in a while a book demands to be heard from start to finish. I plugged in the headphones to listen straight through - clean the whole house top to bottom or take long walks until the end. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 05-02-11
    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 05-02-11 Member Since 2015

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    "I couldn't put it down."

    I loved this book. The subject matter was a real turn off untill I started listening and then I was hooked!! A dictorship and a revolution ingnighted by a young girl. Read all three books!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Baars Netherlands 04-27-11
    J. Baars Netherlands 04-27-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Shameless reality show knock off, chewed out story"

    The book was well written and well narrated, no argument there. But, the story was a knock off of dozens of others and shamelessly taps in to the recent fascination with reality shows. The obligatory small group of dissimilar characters bore resemblance to similar groups in dozens of similar stories. The ending was only mildly surprising and did not make me curious or interested in the follow ups.
    Better listen to a good book, this one made me feel I wasted my time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    April Windsor, Ontario, Canada 04-21-11
    April Windsor, Ontario, Canada 04-21-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read"

    Great book, one that must not be skipped. I haven't enjoyed a book this good in a long time

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    Catherine 04-18-11
    Catherine 04-18-11
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    "One Dimensional"

    This is probably the most one-dimensional book I've ever read. No character development, and the plot is so linear. Save your credit and get something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris Weiser, ID, United States 04-16-11
    chris Weiser, ID, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "This is not just for kid's book!"

    "Hunger Games" has interesting characters, plus lots of action and plot twists.. It reminds me of the Ray Bradbury and the "Dragon" book series I've read. The author uses wonderful descriptive words that make me feel like I am transported with the heroine to the arena. I have almost completed the entire series which makes me sad because I've gotten to see the main characters grow and mature. This book is a must read for any age group!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Lithia, FL, United States 04-12-11
    Jessica Lithia, FL, United States 04-12-11
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    "Great Series"

    Just finished the trilogy and LOVED it. I am not a teen or huge sci-fi fan, but the writing and narration on this one pulled me in from the beginning. Can't wait for the movie.

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  • Thom
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    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
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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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    "Exciting!"

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

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    Somerset, United Kingdom
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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.


    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 10 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
  • 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.

    6 of 8 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
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