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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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    JoolieSews The Mitten State 02-19-11
    JoolieSews The Mitten State 02-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The description does not do this book Justice!!!!!"

    I purchased this book because of 2 things, the high rating and it was on sale. I read the description and would not have bought based solely on that. After I began to listen, I wondered why the description wasn't better and why haven't my children read this. I asked them and they all said they did and it was great. I said why didn't you tell me??? They said everyone at school (High School) said it was really good and so they read it. So then when it was over I went on and see there is 2 more books, I bought both of them and am excited to get started. I highly recommend this book. It is one of those, for me, that I didn't want to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan Rockport, MA, United States 02-17-11
    Ivan Rockport, MA, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Similar feel of Orwell's 1984"

    I like it...well written - good story, a "page turner" for people like myself who enjoy the futuristic genre. Although somewhat formulaic at times, I could still get lost in the unfolding events. It wasn't very deep, but certainly thought provoking. I'd place it amongst my favorite reads. One word - Entertaining.

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    M&M Seattle, WA USA 02-16-11
    M&M Seattle, WA USA 02-16-11
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    "I couldn't stop listening"

    I bought this book because it was a Nancy Pearl recommendation and it sounded intriguing. A post-apocalyptic story in which teenagers are chosen by lottery and forced to fight to the death? How could that be anything but depressing? The book was not at all what I was expecting. This is a great story with unforgettable and well-developed characters that looks what happens when the people with power do everything they can to force others into submission through fear and intimidation.
    In spite of everything that the main character goes through, she manages to retain her humanity and her sense of right and wrong. Part of what keeps Katniss on track is her relationship with her fellow competitor, Peeta whose kindness and devotion are so strong that Katniss it helps her see things more clearly. Although this book is intended for teenage readers, I found myself in love with the characters and hooked on this unusual coming of age story.
    Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 02-16-11
    Mike 02-16-11
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    "Makes you hunger for more"

    Far more sophisticated than it's detractors realize, crafted to do just exactly what it does - engage hold and entertain. All the wonder I felt reading as a child found here again. As simply sumptuous as any I have ever read, ever.

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    royetta United States 02-13-11
    royetta United States 02-13-11
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    "Shockingly AMAZING!"

    It's a slow starter..but becomes overwhelmingly wonderful. I couldn't stop listening, cutting into sleep time. You will not be disappointed. Book 2 so far is just as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LL 02-12-11
    LL 02-12-11
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    "Enjoyable"

    I bought this one while it was on sale because it is all the rage at my child's middle school. I listened to it first because I wanted to make sure it would be appropriate. I enjoyed it so much that I promptly purchased the second and third and now my child and I are listening together.

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    02-11-11
    02-11-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this story! The narrator did a good job with it too! I couldn’t put my mp3 player down!

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    Terry United States 02-10-11
    Terry United States 02-10-11
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    "YA Book for sure"

    Differently a YA book. Glad I listen to it to discuss with my niece. I won’t listen to the other two unless I just can’t find anything else to listen to. HA!!! like that’s going to happen.

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    lesley United States 02-10-11
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    "Moved to print version"

    I know this is probably a matter of taste, but for me, the narrator's voice was distracting. The main character of Katniss became less likeable the more this narrator voiced her thoughts. Katniss wouldn't have a petulant tone; she's a very "can do" type of personality.

    So, I will be switching over to a print version for the subsequent novels in the series. Which is a shame; it was making my commute a blur.

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    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-11
    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-11

    Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!

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    "Pleasantly surpised"

    I took a chance on this book because I typically don't listen to or read post-apocalyptic or YA books, but the reviews encouraged me to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the story, as dark as it was. To me, the author nailed the suspension of disbelief. The story moved along smoothly and I cheered on the characters as if I knew them myself. Well worth the listen. I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series.

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  • 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
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    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

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

    9 of 11 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
  • Ellie
    DUNOON, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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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.


    1 of 1 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
  • 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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