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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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    Tabitha Phoneix, AZ, United States 11-10-11
    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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    Jason SEDALIA, MO, United States 11-07-11
    Jason SEDALIA, MO, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Narration."

    The writing is excellent, however I think the narration is so good it enhances it.

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    carol 11-05-11
    carol 11-05-11 Member Since 2014

    love books,cats,computers,information

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    "Riveting"

    My co-worker recommended this read to me. I was captivated from beginning to end. It is full of adventure and has a strong female character named Katniss. I will be looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out March 23, 2012. Jennifer Lawrence looks like she will be a perfect Katniss-she is just as I imagined her. Woody Harrelson will play Haymitch-not sure how he will play drunk.

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    Brian Milton, NY, United States 11-04-11
    Brian Milton, NY, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I liked it"

    It sounded like it might be gory, but it really wasn't. I really liked it and would recommend it.

    The ending was a bit disappointing, but I wouldn't let that stop you from reading. Did she hit a deadline or something?

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I liked it"

    It sounded like it might be gory, but it really wasn't. I really liked it and would recommend it.

    The ending was a bit disappointing, but I wouldn't let that stop you from reading. Did she hit a deadline or something?

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    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 11-03-11
    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 11-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I seem to be near alone in not liking this"

    My English teacher wife asked me to listen to this. I did, because I likes Uglies by Westerfield so much, I thought another YA novel was worth a shot.

    This one is no Uglies. The characters don't ring true, and the plot has holes big enough to drive a truck through. It's just silly.

    That said, apparently young readers, both male and female, love it. My wife reports great pleasure in discovering a lot boys really like this book with a female protagonist. So what do I know know?

    Still, I'd give it a miss. I listened to the whole set and feel like I wasted my time.

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    Ann 10-26-11
    Ann 10-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Just not my kind of story. Wasn't into it."

    Nothing wrong with downloaded book. Once I started listening I just wasn't interested in it.

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    Conor BOSTON, MA, United States 10-25-11
    Conor BOSTON, MA, United States 10-25-11

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    "Missing the middle third of the story!!!"

    Story comes in two parts but there is clearly several hours missing in between them and I'm not sure how no previous reviewers have noticed.

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    Cynthia Roodepoort, South Africa 10-21-11
    Cynthia Roodepoort, South Africa 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "What a great series!"

    All I can say is that I was disappointed.... that it had to end!
    I listened to all 3 audio books one after the other while driving to work and back. This is the first book(s) that I wanted to listen to outside of my daily commute. I would sneak in a few minutes here and there at home, because I was desperate to know what happened next to Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
    The plot is brilliant - a world in the future where the "Capitol" forces the 12 existing regions to give up 2 of their children, 1 boy 1 girl, every year to participate in the elaborate "Hunger Games". The children are forced to compete to the death in this vicious and depraved annual event held to remind the rebels of the Capitol’s power.
    I loved every second - a great story and a wonderful narrator!

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    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11
    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly good listen!"

    Enjoyed this book. It is a combination of fiction and could be reality. The narrator was good and the story line was very good. I would recommend it.

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