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The Hunger Games Audiobook
The Hunger Games
Written by: 
Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: 
Carolyn McCormick
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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    cara 01-16-12
    cara 01-16-12
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    "Great Series, better read"

    This series is riveting. I listened to Hunger Games and couldn't wait to dive into Catching Fire. However, I found that this narrator didn't present the text in a convincing way and sometimes found her distracting. So I consumed the rest of the series the old fashioned way,...on my Kindle :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 01-15-12
    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Everyone Loves a great action story!"

    I like to download books to listen to while I am working out at the gym. It was a very captivating story. I am 56 years old so the life lessons of the book are more for young adults but I kept running to the gym so I could listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-15-12
    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a ride!"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I loved the unexpected turns of the story.


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

    When Katniss took the place of her little sister in the games.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book and certainly not my lasat.


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

    Yes; I did not want to put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the remainder of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-14-12
    Heather CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-14-12
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    "AMAZING BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    no not necessarily. The womans voice got on my nerves every now and then. But it didnt matter the story like was such an attention holder


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnis duh! She is fierce!


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

    as i said her voice was ok


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

    May the odds be ever in your favor


    Any additional comments?

    awesome awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 01-13-12
    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 01-13-12
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    "It was just OK"

    I'm not sure what all the hype is about. This wasn't a terrible book but after reading The Help and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this just wasn't up to par. Not a bad read but you can tell it is geared toward a younger audience. I passed it on to my 12 year old and she is enjoying it. The narrater sounds like the one reading my 1st grader's Magic Tree House books. Again, she wasn't terrible but sounded juvenile to me. Maybe a different narrater would have helped this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley United States 01-13-12
    Wesley United States 01-13-12
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    "Awesome Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!!! You don't want to turn it off from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book lets you develop a mental picture, without unnecessary details.


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

    The easy to recognize change in characters.


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

    Could not wait to download the next book in series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 01-13-12
    Donna 01-13-12
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    "Page turner right from the start"

    Enjoyable read right from the start, easy read and can't wait to complete the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael russellville, AR, United States 01-12-12
    Michael russellville, AR, United States 01-12-12
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    "Top Notch"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Entertaining. Brilliant.


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

    Couldn't put it down until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 01-11-12
    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for kids only"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story was original and captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss of course. Her inexperiance is refreshing. Her courage is admirable.


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

    Her voice relfected the scene. She seemed to enjoy reading the story herself.


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

    When Rue and Katniss curled up in the same sleeping bag, deciding that they could trust one another, and simply fell asleep.


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    Kim Charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-12
    Kim Charlotte, NC, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very captivating for a teen story!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, but I am ready to read the sequels, much to my surprise!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery and the relationships that grew between the characters were intense. I could close my eyes and envision everything. I am very excited to see how the movie interprets the book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to distinguish between characters and her voice set the mood for each scene. Extraordinary performance!


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

    I think when little Rue died and Katness comforted her. So sad...


    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
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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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