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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Duckly Denver, Colorado 02-15-12
    Duckly Denver, Colorado 02-15-12
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    "Absolutely Loved It!"

    Great story. Was hooked from the start. I listen to it at work and read it at home, just simply couldnt put it down.

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    Anastasia 02-15-12
    Anastasia 02-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Great story that kept me on the edge of my seat. If I could have listened to it alll at the same time I would have!


    What did you like best about this story?

    story line


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    voice


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

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 02-15-12
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2016

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    "mesmerizing story"

    i couldn't wait to listen. I loved the characters. the surprises. Such an amazing and exciting story. Narrator was ok, but she was annoying with the way she said Squirrel and Alive. She was too old to play Katniss and after the 3rd book in the series, I found her portrayal of Katniss made me almost want to kill Katniss myself.

    But the story was great.

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    martha TYLER, TX, United States 02-15-12
    martha TYLER, TX, United States 02-15-12

    Martha G. Brady

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    "GRIPPING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING STORY"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    CHILLING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, SURVIVOR


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Without spoiling the story for you, the one I can tell you is when the main character takes her younger sister's place when her name is drawn to be in the Hunger Game that year. This


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the heroine of the story lets down her guard and makes some alliances. She was not one to trust others, yet in this dangerous environment, she found she needed to have help to survive. In one case, she worked hard to save the life of another more than once. There were some interesting twists and turns in the plot and she figured out how to outsmart her enemies in clever ways!


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

    Her tender treatment of her first ally after she was killed by one of the enemies. This was never done in these games. It was another way she decided to show up the people in charge of the games...and put a human face to what was normally something very vicious.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story with interesting characters but the concept was very chilling. It is not the genre of book I normally read. I don't like futuristic books. This one came across more ordinary in many ways...just scary. It was closer to what we have only 50 yrs. or so in the future. There were too many aspects of this story that made it quite chilling. I'm not sure I want to see a movie of it. I think it would be too scary to see it in living color even though it wasn't as gory as it could have been!

    I enjoyed hearing it on Audible. I could close my eyes and listen or listen to it while I was ironing or doing other things around the house.

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    Jessica BERWICK, PA, United States 02-14-12
    Jessica BERWICK, PA, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book!!"

    I really enjoyed the story and I am waiting with anticipation to see the movie. However, I did not care for the narrator of this story, something about the way she spoke as the younger children just irritated me. I only wish I had had the time to read the novel for myself but thank you audible for making available for all to enjoy no matter how hectic our lives are!

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    Lisa Cary, NC, United States 02-14-12
    Lisa Cary, NC, United States 02-14-12

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    "Wish I had know this was the first in a Trilogy"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again only because I want to use the time to listen to something new.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss, of course. She is so young and naive, so unaware of her innate stength, and who she is and who she could become.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is one of the earliest scenes, where she volunteers to be tribute in place of her beloved younger sister.


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

    This book had the same effect on me as when I read about the Romans and the Gladiaters facing lions in the arena.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is thought provoking and captivating. I was almost angry though at the ending, very let down! Until I found a book review online and discovered it was the first in a trilogy. Should have realized that the

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    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 02-13-12
    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't stop"

    Story and writing is good. I found myself listening for hours. The reader is a bit slow so I listened on 1.5x speed all throughout the book.

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    Amazon Customer Canton, OH, United States 02-13-12
    Amazon Customer Canton, OH, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was entertaining from start to end. I loved it, and I think everyone would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it came from the view of the lead character. It was obviously fiction, but was mostly a believable tale.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn had a strong voice, and I always knew which character she was speaking for.


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

    I did shed a few tears when she sang a song while one of the characters were dying.


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    Samantha 02-13-12
    Samantha 02-13-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Amazingly Engaging"
    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book based on the movie preview. The books are so amazing, I listened to all three in one week. I was so engaged the books had me laughing, crying and rooting for every character. Heck I was even talking back to the audio! I'm IN LOVE!!!

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    Catherine 02-12-12
    Catherine 02-12-12
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone. I actually got it for my son for school, but I got caught up in it and loved it. I can't wait to read Catching Fire now.


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