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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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    Holly Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
    Holly Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Classic For ALL Ages!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is at the VERY top! Once I was engaged, which happened very early on, I couldn't stop listening to this book. It is brilliantly written, and well narrated. I am 33 years old and I am telling you this book is NOT just for teens. It is for all ages, and has an excellent plot, story line, and message. I am also NOT a sci-fi reader, and was a bit worried I would get bored and put this away, but it really is more than a sci-fi. It is also about life in general, a love story, day to day life, survival, mystery...it really is a lot of genres rolled up into one fabulous book.


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

    There are several moments throughout the book. Especially how Katness handles herself when in the arena and how she and Peeta's relationship slowly changes over the course of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this and all the books in the series to any and everyone! I promise you will be captivated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 12-27-11
    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 12-27-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great story. Absolutely grating narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Not at all. The narrator would define the noun


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

    Almost every part except hearing it read out loud.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her false accent, if you want to call it that, is way too distracting. She gets a little too weird describing the food, too (I know that's an integral theme in the book, but it shouldn't sound... sexual.) She does the forceful parts no justice, almost making a caricature of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to see the whole series is narrated by the same person. I'm hoping she got some tips after the first and improved it - we'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
    Rachel Orlando, FL, United States 12-27-11
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening. I had to know what was going to happen next. I'm already half way through the 2nd book in less then 2 days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Nortonville, ND, United States 12-25-11
    Rachel Nortonville, ND, United States 12-25-11
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    "Stunning. Would recommend to anyone."

    I read the Hunger Games trilogy as they came out years ago and spent a significant amount of time trying to make my mom read them, but she never had the time. I bought the audiobooks for her. Stuck in a car with no escape, my sister and I started the book: She was hooked by the end of the first chapter, and halfway through the book my dad and younger brother were peeved that they'd been left out. So we restarted the book and within a month had finished the entire series. Carolyn McCormick, the narrator, is less than impressive, but after a while she doesn't bother you so much anymore. The book is entrancing. Suzanne Collins effectively creates a world of fear, hunger, and distrust as well as a cast of characters that are so real and memorable that you can't avoid falling in love with them. I haven't been so passionate about a book series since Harry Potter. This is a series for the whole family, from 14 to 56. I can personally vouch for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 12-24-11
    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept us interested from the reaping on."

    We finished the book today and I have already purchased the last two books in this series. Well done, I felt like I was in the game as she was, I felt the same things she did when events turned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 12-24-11
    Raymond 12-24-11
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    "mediocre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    appealing to animal instinct written for people who have little attention...typical, quantity of stuff in lieu of quality..... each paragraph is just another visual sensationalistic image having only for purpose to stuff the attention of the reader instead of telling a interesting story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    a different author with a different story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    unfortunately not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kailee Pace, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Kailee Pace, FL, United States 12-23-11
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book because I could not stop listening!


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

    When the announcer comes over the speakers of the Hunger Games.


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

    I love the main character, Katniss. She is so wonderful, and doesn't give herself enough credit.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not creative enough for this. Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert G LUTZ, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Robert G LUTZ, FL, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Narrator"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Could not stop


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

    When they think that they have won the games.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her range of emotion and variations in the characters is great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-23-11
    Stephan Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-23-11
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The story, characters, and overall theme of the book keeps you engaged from start to finish. A great read for all ages.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her narration of the story was wonderful. You could clearly grasp the scenery and images in great imaginative detail. A first class narrator.


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

    Yes it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 12-23-11
    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Lavishly addicting"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of my favorite series I have had the immense pleasuring of listening to since becoming an audible member. I was instantly drawn into the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins. She does such a thorough job crafting the world that I felt as though I could see with the main character's eyes and smell with her nose, even taste her lamb stew!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss Everding, of course. The protagonist is a wonderfully strong and capable young girl who is used to surviving. I loved tapping into her strength and sparking a rebellion with her.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She is an incredibly gifted narrator. I thought she did a superb job changing her voice for different people and she stayed true to her


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

    When the youngest tribute was killed. I was crying for at least a half hour in my bed. This author is truly amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the series. The second one was a little slow for me and the third one was a little too gruesome, but honestly I would re-read this series in a heart beat. I actually probably will in a few months from now. Thank you for a fantastic story, I'm just sorry that there are only three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    17 of 19 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.

    10 of 11 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!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    12 of 14 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 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.

    9 of 11 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "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

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
    Overall
    "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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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