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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12
    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 02-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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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.

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Gail BETHEL PARK, PA, United States 02-06-12
    Gail BETHEL PARK, PA, United States 02-06-12
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    "The Hunger Games SeriesI"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I listened to all three in the series and couldn't put it down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the main characters, Katness, Peter and Gail.


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

    I think listening to Carolyn makes it more dramatic.


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

    No, but it did keep you wanting more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gregory 02-06-12
    gregory 02-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Smash!!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Just becuz!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chapter one. It layed out the gorund work for all the books!


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

    Love Carolyn McCormick...Great voice for all the characters.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    All 3 books were worth the read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LitChic 02-05-12
    LitChic 02-05-12
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    "Hunger Games...okay for teens."

    Mom listening to book, teen reading book. Performance only okay--stilted. Story good for teens. Overall did not fell compelled to keep going with series after this first novel.

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    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 02-04-12
    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    If it is meant for teenagers and young adults, then I certainly must be a least young at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The comments about the narrator by other reviewers, I think are unfounded. I found her voice pleasant and enjoyable and I have listened to a lot of books. Going to get the next one in the series.

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