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The Hunger Games | [Suzanne Collins]

The Hunger Games

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.
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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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    Gretchen Riverview, FL, United States 03-05-09
    Gretchen Riverview, FL, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2001
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    "The hunger games"

    I love this book, and can't wait till the next one comes out in Sept.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 03-30-14
    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 03-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not hungry for more"
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    I wasn't particularly cheering for the heroine, finding her younger sister someone a novel could be written about. Peter was the true hero of the story. as without his total comittment to support her, she would not have won.
    Decided not to buy the rest of the series, but I am in the minority I believe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Stevens Cincinnati, OH United States 05-09-13
    Jack Stevens Cincinnati, OH United States 05-09-13
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    "Hated the ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Hated the ending


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

    Hated the ending


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

    Hated the ending


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

    Hated the ending


    Any additional comments?

    Hated the ending

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene Spencer Orrington, ME United States 03-04-13
    Marlene Spencer Orrington, ME United States 03-04-13
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    "rate what?"
    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    I was able to download it but was never able to listen or read it not sure why wish i could redownload it to my tablet but it will not let me do it again


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 06-26-12
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 06-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This is for kids"

    Good narrator and moved quickly, but this is really a book for teens. Not literature. Not plausible science fiction that adults could appreciate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Kansas City, MO, United States 05-11-12
    Amy Kansas City, MO, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Apalling"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have made this a better listening experience. The overall topic and story of the book is appalling and disappointing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next, I will be listening to Lost in Time by Melissa De La Cruz.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    I rarely choose a book based on it's narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are no redeeming qualities for an author, or a story, that pits innocent children against each other to the death for entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire concept of this book is contradictory. The author creates characters who hate the fact that, as children, they are forced to ruthlessly, shamelessly, murder each other for the entertainment of the masses. The people of the story despise the practice and yet there is underlying revelry for it. The general public encourage the appalling and disgusting tradition by watching it, gambling on it, even sponsoring it. It makes me ill that in our real world, people spend their hard earned money doing exactly the same thing by purchasing this book, or watching it's namesake film. I regret the money I spent on this book, and wish I could go back in time to undo that decision. I do not, can not, and will not ever condone any person financially benefitting from child murder. Anyone who purchases this book should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging this sick minded author to write such atrocities.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dena M. Sandercock MEDFORD, OR, United States 05-03-12
    Dena M. Sandercock MEDFORD, OR, United States 05-03-12

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    "Absolutely loved the book."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Suzanne Collins is brilliant. Her imagination is out of this world!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity of the author and the discription of everything made it so easy for me to get a mental picture of the world, people, animals, everthing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Roo and Katniss decided to become allies.


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

    I felt every emotion possible with this book. laughed, cried, felt it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so amazing!!! It is now my favorite of all time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Byron Center, MI, United States 04-11-12
    Gary Byron Center, MI, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... the characters are right on and belivable in this setting. Susanne does a great job at keeping the emotions and reactions age appropriate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is what drew me in... and it did not dissapoint me


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She was great... a good differentiation between characters and always spot on with the emotions. Her pace was not too hurried and she did not wain twords the end. Good job!!


    Any additional comments?

    Although I felt this book was written for a younger aged reader... I found it quite compelling and bridged that gap quite well

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarah saint louis, MO, United States 03-28-12
    sarah saint louis, MO, United States 03-28-12
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    "Nope"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I truly wanted to listen to this series. However after 5 long minutes listening to the narration... I was done. Poor choice indeed. She sounds like she is narrating a children's book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-07-12
    Jacob Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Far fetched, but entertaining"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My sister wanted me to read this before the movie came out so we could appreciate it in the same way. I'm hopeful that the movie does a good job with the costumes, especially the girl-who-was-on-fire outfit.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt unresolved, but based on what I heard about the subsequent books I'd prefer to imagine my own progression.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voices were a little awkward, especially male voice imitations.


    Could you see The Hunger Games being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The story seems to have a number of elements that'd be interesting in the movie medium.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to Dune just before this book, so I was a little spoiled. Dune is a far better narrative than the Hunger Games, so much so that it makes HG seem like an infant's book. I thought the story would have been more believable if it hadn't been set on our planet; the idea the majority of people could throw off their naturally instilled empathy for other humans is very difficult to swallow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lindsay
    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.

    7 of 8 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!

    7 of 8 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    3/31/12
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    "A great audiobook"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I've found this audiobook to be very well written by the author, read beautifully and also quite addictive! I would recommend it to anyone.

    4 of 5 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.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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