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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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    David Richmond, VA, United States 01-24-12
    David Richmond, VA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Truly a pleasant surprise"

    My nephew had to read this over the summer heading into his freshman year in HS, I expected a book very suited to teenagers. I found a book, well suited to kids in HS, but that contained a wonderful thought provoking story, stocked with very believable characters put into a difficult situation by their government.

    While this is a "kids" book, I think most adults would really enjoy it. Good story, well read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Singer 01-23-12
    S. Singer 01-23-12
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    "Intense & Entertaining"

    I listened because my children had all read the book; it was a great listen. We had a great time discussing it together. Many times I would find myself just waiting to drive again so I could jump back into their world. I am in my late 40's and enjoyed this as much as any sci-fi book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    daphne League City, Texas, United States 01-23-12
    daphne League City, Texas, United States 01-23-12

    california girl

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    "Hunger games satisfies appetite!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    yes. kept me on the edge of my seat


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    none


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    all of it. very good voice


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Chambers Conyers, GA, United States 01-23-12
    T. Chambers Conyers, GA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2015

    So many books so little..nope gonna read them all!

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    "Good Story"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    This is a very interesting book with a unique story. My sister recommended it, said she couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, the narrator ruined it for me. I just did not like her voice. I'm reading the second book now, not listening. I'm enjoying it much more.


    Any additional comments?

    It's unfortunate when a narrator isn't to your liking. It's best to listen to the sample before you purchase even thought sometimes they are too short to really know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12
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    "great book with amazing descriptions"

    This book was a far take from the lighter fare of many "scifi" books. The characters are deep with a lot of development that seems to come easy to the author. The story is at times disturbing, but in an appropriate way, not just for the sake of gore or violence. It all has purpose and makes the book all come together. The whole series was like that, deep and appropriate. It is not a light, fluffy book, so take it on as such, but it is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. R. Graves, Author DICKINSON, TX USA 01-22-12
    T. R. Graves, Author DICKINSON, TX USA 01-22-12

    T. R. Graves, Author

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    "Timeless and Appropriate for Most Ages"
    Any additional comments?

    The Hunger Games is one of those timeless books that will stay with you forever. In some ways, it is reminiscent of The Lottery combined with a modern-day reality show similar to Survivor. It's a talented author who can describe starvation in such a way the reader feels like they have endured famine...who can build life-threatening events with such reality the reader's heart pounds while hormones of anxiety course through their veins...who can make the reader fall into heartwarming love at the same moment the book's characters do...who can make you mourn - with real tears - when great characters die. Suzanne Collins is just such author. Amazing. Inspiring. One of the greatest.

    Katniss' selflessness and willingness to give her life for others along with her morals/ethics make her the perfect heroine. Katniss' tales describing her friendship with Gale and their likenesses means there is no way to ignore the strength of their bond and makes you wonder if she unknowingly loves him. Peeta's tender show of unrequited love makes the reader's heart squeeze, and they cheer for him as emphatically as they pull for Katniss to be the winner of the Hunger Games.

    The Hunger Games and the Capital and the Districts. The world which was created within the covers of this book is very real, making this unbelievable story suddenly plausible and horrific.

    I would highly recommend this book for people of all ages. In fact, I'm dying to tackle Catching Fire, which will be one of my next books.

    T. R. Graves, author
    Warriors of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #1)
    Guardians of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #2)
    Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #3)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer United States 01-22-12
    Jennifer United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2014

    Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!

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    "My expectations were too high."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but I'd stress that the performers voice can get annoying when she's portraying the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book let me immersed and was very well written. Very easy to understand and keep along with the plot and characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am not a fan of this narriator. To me, she mad the story seem more childish than it should be. Instead of getting into the characters, she'd back away from emotion (turning her voice into a whisper). Though she tried making herself sound younger or characters such as Prim and Rue, I think it turned out babyish...even so for Katness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is, but if I said it, I'd give the story away, so I'll just say the cave scene.


    Any additional comments?

    After hearing rave reviews of this book and having one of my favorite celebrities tweet outstanding reviews on it, I couldn't wait to read it. However, I went in with my expectations high. A little too high. Within the first few chapters, I realized I had to expect less from the story to be able to enjoy it more. I have a feeling that if I was tangibly reading this story, myself, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The narrators voice when she was reading the narration was fine and easy to take, but the moment she'd break into character, I found myself cringing.

    I did enjoy this story, however, and look forward to diving into the next two books! I probably wouldn't jump in line to see the movie, when it comes out, at opening night, but I'll be anxious to see how Hollywood portrays the written words!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 01-21-12
    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2014

    gloworm

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    "A YA book I've recommended to tons of adults"

    I was skeptical of this trilogy because of the genre classification. (It's the same reason I was one of the later converts to the Harry Potter series.) A couple of minutes in, I was hooked. The characters are complex and relatable, while the political parallels are intriguing and enduring. I cannot stop thinking about this series. Carolyn McCormick skillfully narrates all three books, and since I finished them one after the other as quickly as I could listen to them, all three novels merged into one arching tale. Listen to this book; you will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 01-20-12
    Patrick Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 01-20-12
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    "Marvelous book with the wrong reader!"

    The book itself was marvelous, amazing pacing and intriguing setting, the writing just pulling you in at once. Katniss is a very likable character right off the bat, and the moral and personal struggles she faces throughout the book, along with the constant question of whether or not a sense of self can be retained under the watch of an entire nation, creates many interesting dramatic moments and tensions.

    I am, however, not entirely satisfied with the reading. It was a good reading, but I feel that the particular choice of McCormick does not go well with the book. It sounded like Katniss' mother reading her story; the voice lacked the necessary youth and vigor for the job. Yells and screams seemed forced and pinched, like produced while under pressure to not disturb others. The many voices of the male characters were rather indistinguishable, or only slightly different. For instance, Cinna and Peeta both shared a deep, calm (and slightly maternal, might I add) voice that sometimes made it hard to tell them apart.

    Another thing I would've enjoyed would be a difference between the voice used for a dialogue, for a thought, or for plain narration. I know Katniss would be the speaker in all of these situations, but McCormick didn't exactly make an effort in separating the three with different tones, making it difficult at times to decide when narration ended and when dialogue or thought began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 01-20-12
    Tara 01-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Whew Hew what a ride!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 5


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book moved me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Thom
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    invergordon, United Kingdom
    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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

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

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
    Overall
    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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