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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Mike McKinney, TX, United States 02-12-12
    Mike McKinney, TX, United States 02-12-12
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    "Riveting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Captivating from the minute it begins. Collins has a way of bringing the reader into this futuristic world with just enough hints of the present.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 02-11-12
    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 02-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not just for young adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio version of this book because I felt that Carolyn McCormick managed to make the character of Katniss become real to me. She also did a very job a portraying the personalities of the other characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the story line was similar to a few old classics like Shirley Jackson's


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As stated above, she made the character of Katniss real to me while still giving personality to the rest of the story's characters.


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

    No as I wanted to absorb some of the details before I went on to listen to the rest. This was a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't just of interest to the young adult audience that it was written for, it is a good story and therefore interesting to a wide variety of age groups.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAS United States 02-11-12
    DAS United States 02-11-12
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    "Moving"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Not necessarily, but I don't re-do much


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnius


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, kept interest.


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

    Kat's introspective reflections


    Any additional comments?

    Glad my friends encouraged me to read/listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Frisco, TX, United States 02-10-12
    Lindsey Frisco, TX, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This Book Is Awesome!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    I have to say that this book keeps your attention the entire time, I cannot wait to see the movie!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Katnis found Peter hiding in the mud.


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

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you will love it!!! I can't wait to read the second book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12
    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not a fan"
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    At best, an entertaining concept. However, the storyline had an inevitable climax.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters seemed to lack any real passion.


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    I think the narration was adequate


    Do you think The Hunger Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am pleased that I only ordered the first book, even though the 2nd and 3rd were on sale at the time. I wouldn't care to continue pursuing the fate of these characters, there was no real depth to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I see that they are about to make a series of films of these books.
    They may capture the interest of the teen market, but I think these books have no maturity in character development or plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 02-08-12
    Daniel 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    A really interesting story.


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

    I'm nervous tO watch the film because I'm afraid it won't live up to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zafire Luminos MA, United States 02-07-12
    Zafire Luminos MA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Licensed Massage Therapist / Aesthetician

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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because it is a great engaging story for all ages


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance was great! I loved the way the voices changed between characters and how she engages you while the story unravels.


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

    There were quite a few moments in which the story moved me but I wouldn't want to elaborate to the point of giving the story away...


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great series, not the first series I've experienced, but the first one I've experienced in audio and I am very glad it was this engaging and great as it was because now I am hooked on audio books!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 02-07-12
    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great idea. Very interesting listen."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This story is such a fresh new perspective on how the future could be. The characters are all interesting and the book just flew by. I'm now on the third book and love the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie JOHNS CREEK, GA, United States 02-07-12
    Katie JOHNS CREEK, GA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book but the end leaves you in the lurch"
    Any additional comments?

    It really was a great book and I really enjoyed the main character. I definitely quickly became invested in the book but that

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    Frank Melbourne, Australia 02-07-12
    Frank Melbourne, Australia 02-07-12
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    "Riveting"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    This book captured me from the first chapter; I couldn't wait to get the second book in the trilogy. Fantastic concept and characters.


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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
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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

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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