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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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    Lori 12-01-11
    Lori 12-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Compelling"

    I rarely read "young adult" books unless I am previewing them for young adults. However, when a number of my friends and numerous people from a book group kept talking about how fabulous this book was, I decided to give it a shot. I LOVED it!

    The narrator did an excellent job. I found myself driving an extra loop around the block or waiting in my drive in order to finish a scene before turning off the book. This genre, post-apocalyptic, is NOT a favorite of mine and if it had not come so highly recommended and been available on sale, I probably would have passed. I found myself completely engaged in the story and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

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    Ekaterina McKinney, TX, United States 11-30-11
    Ekaterina McKinney, TX, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    Really loved the book, great idea! Narrator is doing good job, i really enjoyed listening.

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    Denise United States 11-29-11
    Denise United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Hunger Games review"

    This is the first book of the three series. I was always looking for an excuse to stop and listen to the book because you never knew what to expect next. I would hightly recommend this book.

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    Doohee Seoul, Korea (South) 11-29-11
    Doohee Seoul, Korea (South) 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "nice recording."

    I can easily recognize different characters' voice, which makes me concentrate the story smoothly.
    I think Carolyn McCormick is veteran for audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Southwest Washington 11-28-11
    Amazon Customer Southwest Washington 11-28-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Fast Paced"

    This is a fast paced book. Although it is written in the first person, which can be annoying for me at times, the story moved quickly. I did not want this story to end. The characters
    were were very well defined. Carolyn McCormicks narration was excellent. I could see the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 11-27-11
    Robin 11-27-11
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    "Listening on my Droid Incredible - Great!!"

    I am a member of book club and I dont really have the time to read the books but I can listen to them. I found audible.com so I can listen through my phone - anywhere. In the car, at the store, waiting for a friend, in my kitchen while I cook. I also have the book on my laptop. Looking forward to listening to books I've been wanting to read.

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    Helgardt BELLVILLE, South Africa 11-25-11
    Helgardt BELLVILLE, South Africa 11-25-11
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    "Boring"

    The narraters voice irritates the hell out of me. Sounds like some old lady from the 1800's.

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    Molly CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-23-11
    Molly CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-23-11
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    "A MUST-READ! :D"

    This book (and it's two following books) are really outstandly brilliant! And I think people should really read it now more than ever with the movie coming out soon. Please read the book first! I especially love the audiobook and REALLY recommend it!

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    Nike 11-22-11
    Nike 11-22-11

    Love romance with a little bit of humor and suspense. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite books.

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    "Still not sure what all the hype is about..."

    I didn't really enjoy this book. Maybe it was the narrator, but something tell me that wasn't it. It feel flat for me and was highly predictable. I have to say the main character really was getting on my nerves a bit. Another shocker to this, is that they are making a movie...seriously not necessary!

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    David Highland, CA, United States 11-22-11
    David Highland, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2015

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    "VERY ENTERTAINING !"

    I just finished this book and I throughly enjoyed the facinating story and the narration. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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    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
  • Bella
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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.


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  • Laura
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    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 6 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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