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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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    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-17-12
    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty Good"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Cold, bloody, sad


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

    Maybe in terms of the imagery of the book it was similar to Misery or 1984.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really. I mean she is a good narrator, but she doesnt add anything really special.


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

    Ill get back to you when they finishing filming lol...


    Any additional comments?

    My physiotherapist recommended this book to me, and although I dont normally read teenage lit, I thought this was definitely a good idea for a story. I enjoyed the story, and was excited to hear what happens next, but it isn't exactly a classic. I hope that when they make the movie they can add more to it, as there were a couple of parts where I caught myself rolling my eyes (not recommended if you are actually reading the book as it can give you a headache!),

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Castle Rock, CO, United States 01-16-12
    Kristen Castle Rock, CO, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "the hunger games is an action packed fun story"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the hunger games is my favorite book


    What did you like best about this story?

    it is gory


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

    the voice was too perky at entence parts


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    the movie is out March 23

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riley Bellevue, NE, United States 01-16-12
    Riley Bellevue, NE, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I certainly didn't know what to expect."

    I was actually surprised with this book. I really didn't know anything about it, but became interested with I learned of the upcoming movie series. The only one problem I had with it was that it was nearly 4 1/2 hours into the audiobook before the characters finally entered the arena and began the games. But once there, my mind was fixed on everything that was going on. I'm interested in listening to the other three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia St. Louis, MO, United States 01-16-12
    Patricia St. Louis, MO, United States 01-16-12
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator really brings this book to life


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

    Ender's Game - because of the suspense; The Maze Runner - because of the time period, style, etc.


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

    No


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

    Yes!!!!! I drove around for hours listening!


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing series! I think it will bring many young people to love reading. As an English teacher I highly reccommend this series to many of my students and parents as well.

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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 :)

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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.

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    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-15-12
    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2016
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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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