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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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    John 12-08-11
    John 12-08-11

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

    Interesting story...a little slow...a little predictable. I enjoyed it, but it feels as though it's written for middle-schoolers. Not a bad way to spend the morning and evening commutes. A bit disappointed in the ending. Worth a listen, and you most likely won't be disappointed. Judge for yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue or however you spell her name.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Average performance. The problem with a lot of audio books, I find, is that the reading is good, but the production is poor. For example, the timing is off frequently. Where there should be pauses for emphasis, even just a second or two from chapter to chapter, in this book the narrator just plows ahead. I don't blame the reader. I blame lack of quality editing and production.


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

    See the future. It ain't pretty!


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    Susan Menomonee Falls, WI, United States 12-07-11
    Susan Menomonee Falls, WI, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Reads"

    I didn't find these "young adult" at all. I thought they were very surprising and well written. I agree that the reader had a hard time changing her voice to suit the different characters. I thought some of the details about the games were brilliant and I was interested from beginning to end.

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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 12-07-11
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2006

    Books are like air: I need them to live.

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    "Very surprised and pleasantly so"

    This book was a recommendation from a trusted source and I understood going in that its target audience was more of a YA age range but the movie trailer and book description sunk the hook and I jumped on this one.

    I think this book and story are excellent. The characters are very well drawn and everything plays out strongly. Collins has created an interesting take on a future USA. There isn't much that explains exactly how the world got to where it became this new nation and districts but it is not even necessary. It isn't the point of the story. Collins excellently builds conflict and the characters are rich and interesting.

    Be warned, this is a dark story on all levels. Collins also doesn't let any of the characters off easy in any situation. Right up to the last page the characters are being emotionally punished. The physical threats in this story are actually less frightening than all the psychological and emotional threats that Collins keeps piling on.

    There were a few moments when Katniss's constant suspicions of her own feelings and the motivations of Peeta start to grind a bit but it doesn't last long and I just came to accept that the trait was who she is.

    The narrator did a good job with all the voices and making sure they were consistent and all of them distinct.

    I'm looking forward to jumping into the next volume.

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    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
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    "Finally read it and glad I did!"

    So I had rebelled against reading this book for a long time because it seemed so popular...yeah I know it doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyway, I broke down and bought it recently and am VERY glad I did!

    It's a sad and disturbing tale that inspires hope and rebellion for me. My only negative is that I was somewhat and frequently annoyed with the cadence of the narrator. I'm unsure if this is due to how the story is woven in print or due to the natural cadence of this narrator (I'm assuming some of both) but I eventually got past it and it turned into a part of the realities of the book I accepted.

    I look forward to reading the rest of the books!

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    kevin 12-06-11
    kevin 12-06-11
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    "kept my attention, and kept me dreaming"

    This one stayed with me even when i went to bed. Couldn't stop listning, and when i did, it followed me into my dreams. loved it!

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    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11
    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A schizophrenic nightmare...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't have been able to get through the print version. This type of story isn't my usual taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss. She was the only character with depth.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She read it just fine but there was a few recording glitches and background noises.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is good. However it reminds me of what schizophrenic person must feel when off their meds: People always watching, magical parachutes falling from the sky, grandiose skills. If it wasn't an audible book I couldn't have done this story. I liked it, but there were believability issues I needed to suspend in order to do so.

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    Steve 12-05-11
    Steve 12-05-11
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    "Wonderful reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    This is my first audio book that I have listened to. It was so much more than I was expecting. McCormick does a wonderful job in the reading of this book. The slight tone and pitch changes for each character made me believe the actual character was speaking. The reading, or should I say acting, was entertaining without being corny.


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

    The story itself is not overly original. I would describe it as a cross between Logan's Run, The Running Man and Lord of the Flies. There was nothing in the plot that I found surprising. The plot was a bit unbelieveable at times and usually predictable.


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

    The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was best performed. McCormick did a great job portraying other characters in the voice of the main narrator.


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

    I had no extreme reaction in this book as the story was mostly predictable. However, one scene could be a tear-jerker to some.


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    Sarabaite 12-05-11
    Sarabaite 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A character story with great action"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The characters leave a lasting impression, but, unlike many


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    BRAD las vegas, NV, United States 12-03-11
    BRAD las vegas, NV, United States 12-03-11
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    "Loved this story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not a big reader, but got hooked on this audible book and loved it.


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    Wm Bruce Ford 12-03-11
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    "Exciting Adolescent Adventure"

    Self absorbed adolesent girl struggles with preteen emotions while using her super woman hunting skills to survive against the dark forces of an oppressive and cruel government.

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