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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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    Tash Googong, Australia 01-29-12
    Tash Googong, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2014

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    What a great book! I wish I'd read it back when I was 14. I would have been completely obsessed :)

    If you want to know what to read next... I would thoroughly recommend the 'Tomorrow When the War Began' series by John Marsden.

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    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 01-28-12
    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome and incredibly well read"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audio book mainly for how good the narrator is. This woman is as good as the guy who does the audio for Harry Potter and she does an awesome job with all the voices.


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    Marjorie Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 01-28-12
    Marjorie Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Love to listen to books in the car it makes my commute so much better. The books I tend to listen to while I am driving are ones that are purely for entertainment.

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    "Engaging and Exciting..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    I am on the third book of this series and I have to admit that they are my guilty pleasure after a long day of work. The world that surrounds the Hunger Games is just depressing, however, what makes it all that different from our own world... The reality comes through that any government is not beyond utilizing its citizens as pawns on a daily basis. Carolyn McCormick is a great reader and love her ability to create voices that truly differentiate and engage. If I were to be critical about anything is the use by the author of the


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    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12
    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible reader; great story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love these books and have read them many times. Don't make the mistake I made and buy all three books until you decide if you can stand the narrator. She really doesn't fit the main character, makes all the guys sound like surfer dudes, and doesn't really have a range of voices. Even my kids were really disappointed and started suggesting other readers from other books we've listened to as better people for this one. As my daughter said,


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Someone who sounded the right age


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    Kerri 01-25-12
    Kerri 01-25-12

    I love combining two favorite hobbies of reading (listening) to books while sewing quilts & baby blankets!

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    "Really enjoyed this part!"

    I started listening to this and got my daughter caught up in the saga as well! We loved listening to this in the car on our longer commutes! We are now in a lull in the second book after the constant action from this one. The narrators were great! They bring you right into the story so you feel as though you are right there with Catniss & Peta!

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    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 01-25-12
    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 01-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    I don't think I can say enough good things about this series. It isn't just a good read but a profound though provoking look at humanity and youth and personal struggle. I just enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end.

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    OMZ WASHINGTON, DC, United States 01-25-12
    OMZ WASHINGTON, DC, United States 01-25-12
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    "Perfect for teens"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got the book because i really liked the movie trailer, however I was disappointed. The book is written in a simple language and aimed at a younger audience.


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    Merissa Moore Newark, NJ, United States 01-25-12
    Merissa Moore Newark, NJ, United States 01-25-12

    Live ~ Laugh ~ Love ~ DREAM!!!

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    "An Awesome Read!!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Everything seemed so authentic. The characters, the plot, even the narrator. Carolyn McCormick did a spot on job with the narration. I could imagine every moment, memory, emotion that each character experiences and that sensation would permit me, to once again, bask in the awesomeness that is THE HUNGER GAMES!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the authenticity of the plot, the vulnerability of the characters and the illustration done by Carolyn McCormick.


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

    I felt every pain, joy, heartache, distress, repulsion, love- every emotion felt by the characters, especially Katniss, which made me see her for who she really is - a child, a brave, vulnerable, inexperienced and clairvoyant child, whom i have grown quite fond of.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    From the moment Effie Trinket pulled that name from the basket (Primrose Everdeen) to the final seconds in the arena when Katniss pulled out those berries, I've been embarking on a bittersweet journey filled with excitement, fear, sadness and joy! a plethora of emotions that kept me on the edge of my seat with a desperate need to know more!


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    Barbara United States 01-25-12
    Barbara United States 01-25-12
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    "luv the audiobooks can listen to them in car!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2nd to twilight series greatseries!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnis n Rue


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

    Yes but to long to do that


    Any additional comments?

    went right on to book 2 was so good

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    Faye United States 01-24-12
    Faye United States 01-24-12
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    "Great Story!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Katniss the strong female heroine. Forced to lead her family and make the ultimate sacrifice for her sister Prim.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The burgeoning love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta. How the description of the landscapes within the story transported me. I could feel the desolation of District 12 and the freakish grandeur of the Capitol.


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, Carolyn's reading of the story was very compelling. Her voice was soothing and it echoed the ebbs and flow within the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending made me anxious to read the next installment. And I can not wait until the film arrives in theaters this May, although I know it will never live up to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to Kindle and Audible books, the Hunger Games was bought to life. My life and I enjoyed every minute that I spent enthralled in this world.

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