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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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    02-02-12
    02-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to this book in one sitting-----"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story was new and refreshing. The characters were believable. I was right there with her thru it all.


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

    Eragon


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

    No


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

    The ending, I was so touched to see that they had a life to live and children to love and keep safe.


    Any additional comments?

    Three books were not enough.

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    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12
    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.

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    "Loved It!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    What a great book! It was well written, very descriptive, and thought provoking. The main characters were relatable and you quickly find your self cheering them on. Its action packed and I couldn’t stop, I finished in 2 days!


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    Erica CARTER LAKE, IA, United States 01-30-12
    Erica CARTER LAKE, IA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything I could have wanted and more!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The world and characters Suzanne Collins creates are simply fantastic. I purchased the next in this series, Catching Fire, the instant I finished The Hunger Games.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss is so fallible and human. It's hard not to relate to her.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Perfect narration and entirely believable as the view-point characters.


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

    Absolutely.


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    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 01-30-12
    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.

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    "Save your credit!"

    I am a 29 year old, married female reader and I know I am not the target audience for this book. However, after reading so many reviews by other middle age adults, I expected a cleverly written story. I was so disappointed with this book. I couldn't keep count of all the times the author uses, "she says" or "he says". She literally uses those endings after each sentence. She also uses your standard catch phrases all over the book, which just seemed to be very immature, lazy, writing.
    Other then the poor writing style, the interwoven adolescent love story was simply too immature for me to enjoy. Again, I know I am not the target audience for this book and its possible a teenager could really enjoy this type of childish romance, But I really do not understand all of the other adults who wrote raving reviews for this book.
    The only reason I give this book two stars is for the unique premise of the story line. It seemed to be an interesting idea that had poor follow through.
    Now, for the narrator: Carolyn McCormick. She is not a bad reader, but she's been miscast for this particular story. This story is read in the first person by the main character who happens to be a young teenage girl. I don't understand the reasoning behind having an older woman's voice play the part of a teen.
    Overall, I would say this is one of the worse choices for my credit. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

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    Cassie Mt. Morris, New York, United States 01-29-12
    Cassie Mt. Morris, New York, United States 01-29-12
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    "Left me smiling like an idiot"

    The Hunger Games is, by far, my favorite book of all time. At first, I only wanted to read it because of all the talk about it, but... then I fell in love and couldn't stop listening to it! I must admit... one time I listened to it until almost 4am... :O


    Here are some reasons that I LOVE The Hunger Games:

    1.) Peeta Mellark. Oh my goodness! I am in love with Peeta Mellark. His unassuming wonderfulness stole my heart! (by the way, Josh Hutcherson is the perfect actor for Peeta! Josh is pretty much the only celebrity I've ever had a crush on)

    2.) There were countless times in the book where I was holding my breath to see what was going to happen... and it didn't disappoint!

    3.) The characters were developed so well that it was easy for me to forget that they're just that... characters in a book. LOVE! <3

    4.) The people at the Capitol were so unintentionally comical (I'm sure Suzanne meant to make them the way they come across) that I hated them! I love it when authors can make the reader love or hate a character.

    5.) I am a writer, and my dream is to one day be as good an author as Suzanne Collins. Her timing with making the story go in a different direction is impeccable. She is one of the best story creators that I've ever heard of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tash Googong, Australia 01-29-12
    Tash Googong, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great introduction to Adventure :)"
    Any additional comments?

    What a great book! I wish I'd read it back when I was 14. I would have been completely obsessed :)

    If you want to know what to read next... I would thoroughly recommend the 'Tomorrow When the War Began' series by John Marsden.

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    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 01-28-12
    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome and incredibly well read"
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audio book mainly for how good the narrator is. This woman is as good as the guy who does the audio for Harry Potter and she does an awesome job with all the voices.


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    Marjorie 01-28-12
    Marjorie 01-28-12 Member Since 2016

    Love to listen to books in the car it makes my commute so much better. The books I tend to listen to while I am driving are ones that are purely for entertainment.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    I am on the third book of this series and I have to admit that they are my guilty pleasure after a long day of work. The world that surrounds the Hunger Games is just depressing, however, what makes it all that different from our own world... The reality comes through that any government is not beyond utilizing its citizens as pawns on a daily basis. Carolyn McCormick is a great reader and love her ability to create voices that truly differentiate and engage. If I were to be critical about anything is the use by the author of the


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    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12
    Lisa Jericho, VT, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible reader; great story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love these books and have read them many times. Don't make the mistake I made and buy all three books until you decide if you can stand the narrator. She really doesn't fit the main character, makes all the guys sound like surfer dudes, and doesn't really have a range of voices. Even my kids were really disappointed and started suggesting other readers from other books we've listened to as better people for this one. As my daughter said,


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Someone who sounded the right age


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    Kerri 01-25-12
    Kerri 01-25-12

    I love combining two favorite hobbies of reading (listening) to books while sewing quilts & baby blankets!

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    "Really enjoyed this part!"

    I started listening to this and got my daughter caught up in the saga as well! We loved listening to this in the car on our longer commutes! We are now in a lull in the second book after the constant action from this one. The narrators were great! They bring you right into the story so you feel as though you are right there with Catniss & Peta!

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