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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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    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
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    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 Member Since 2015
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    I can easily recognize different characters' voice, which makes me concentrate the story smoothly.
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    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.

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    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
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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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    "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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    Tabitha Phoneix, AZ, United States 11-10-11
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    "AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This is literally the best book I HAVE EVER read, the entire trilogy was out of this world. I even listened to The Hunger Games twice. Such a carefully thought out and intriguing story. The book takes off right from the start and doesn't disappoint. I was sad to reach the end.

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