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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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    Patrick Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 01-20-12
    Patrick Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 01-20-12
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    "Marvelous book with the wrong reader!"

    The book itself was marvelous, amazing pacing and intriguing setting, the writing just pulling you in at once. Katniss is a very likable character right off the bat, and the moral and personal struggles she faces throughout the book, along with the constant question of whether or not a sense of self can be retained under the watch of an entire nation, creates many interesting dramatic moments and tensions.

    I am, however, not entirely satisfied with the reading. It was a good reading, but I feel that the particular choice of McCormick does not go well with the book. It sounded like Katniss' mother reading her story; the voice lacked the necessary youth and vigor for the job. Yells and screams seemed forced and pinched, like produced while under pressure to not disturb others. The many voices of the male characters were rather indistinguishable, or only slightly different. For instance, Cinna and Peeta both shared a deep, calm (and slightly maternal, might I add) voice that sometimes made it hard to tell them apart.

    Another thing I would've enjoyed would be a difference between the voice used for a dialogue, for a thought, or for plain narration. I know Katniss would be the speaker in all of these situations, but McCormick didn't exactly make an effort in separating the three with different tones, making it difficult at times to decide when narration ended and when dialogue or thought began.

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    Tara 01-20-12
    Tara 01-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Whew Hew what a ride!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 5


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    I've not listened to anything similar to Hunger Games. It was truly a gripping audio book. I couldn't put it down!


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

    Katniss because she's so badass.. She doesn't take any gruff from anyone, and has the skill to back it up!


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

    The book moved me!


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    Haley HASTINGS, MI, United States 01-19-12
    Haley HASTINGS, MI, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved This, cant wait for the movie."
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    New to audio books, but this book is soo awesome! Great narrator, great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wondering whats going to happen next. the (spoiler alert) love story.The details, and the sadness and the hope. Great visuals for the forest, fires, love, mistrust, and love Katness is surrounded by, but doesn't see.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Prob. the heroes getting ready with stylists and or Katness and a girls death scene. I don't want to spoil any thing :)


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

    Death scene, everything, was sad to see it end. Cant wait for #2!


    Any additional comments?

    if you only get one credit a month like me, get this book. The movie will be out soon and you'll want to listen to this b4 it comes out! I really really liked this book!!!!!

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    carlos North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-18-12
    carlos North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story line."

    Great book. Full of action and unpredictable twists. Grabs your attention and doesn't let it go.

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    Steve Toormina, Australia 01-18-12
    Steve Toormina, Australia 01-18-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great story!"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this is a great one. It rates up there with some of the best audiobooks I've listened to - I just wish it had been longer! But I've just started listening to the sequel so it's all OK...


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

    I like the subtlety of how Katniss's attractiveness is portrayed - you get the feeling a bunch of guys are besotted with her, but that she's completely clueless about it. She's never described in great deal (which is fitting, given it's written in the first person from her perspective, and she's not at all focused on her looks or possible romantic entanglements), so you can only judge by other people's reactions to her. She seems unable to comprehend the idea that anyone (let alone lots of men!) could be in love with her. It's very endearing - albeit kinda frustrating too, because of how things pan out with Peeta.


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

    I love Peeta - he may not be as impressive as Katniss, but he's a genuinely honourable and likeable character.


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

    There were several points where I could see Katniss's feelings for Peeta growing and thought she was going to admit she'd fallen for him... but it never quite happened. I was always waiting for it!!


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    Julia 01-18-12
    Julia 01-18-12 Member Since 2015

    I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?

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    "Not just for the Middle School Crowd"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.

    From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.

    This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.

    There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.

    I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.


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

    I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.

    I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.


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    Charles Pompe Oquawka, IL 01-18-12
    Charles Pompe Oquawka, IL 01-18-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "This is an amazing story. Worth every second."

    I finished this first book now I am on to the second of this series. I didn't want the story to be over. The audio draws you into the story. It is a must.

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    Janice S. Delp Newport, IN United States 01-17-12
    Janice S. Delp Newport, IN United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this audio book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This was a very interesting story from the start. The characters were very believeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 01-17-12
    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Memories sting like that from a tracker jacker!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable being read to.


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

    That what you were waiting for doesn't happen, something totally different does, I couldn't out think his one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    She recognized evil was repeating itself and she defeated it. Damn the outcome, you go girl!


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

    Mostly a sigh of relief. And an understanding of living beyond loss.


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    Kymi 01-17-12
    Kymi 01-17-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Loved It"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice. Once for myself and a second time when it was required reading for my 7th grader. The story lead the way for us to have some great conversations about the world and how we view it and how we can become numb to certain things.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I like the readers slow and concise pronunciation of her words. My only issue was that she didn't sound like a teenage girl - she sounded like a woman. It would have been different if in the story she was telling her memoirs but it was supposed to be from the point of view of a teenager. This is a minor detail and it didn't take me out of the story too long - I got used to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that brilliantly deals with some heavy subject matter. I highly recommend. It is worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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