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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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    Terry United States 02-10-11
    Terry United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "YA Book for sure"

    Differently a YA book. Glad I listen to it to discuss with my niece. I won’t listen to the other two unless I just can’t find anything else to listen to. HA!!! like that’s going to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lesley United States 02-10-11
    lesley United States 02-10-11
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    "Moved to print version"

    I know this is probably a matter of taste, but for me, the narrator's voice was distracting. The main character of Katniss became less likeable the more this narrator voiced her thoughts. Katniss wouldn't have a petulant tone; she's a very "can do" type of personality.

    So, I will be switching over to a print version for the subsequent novels in the series. Which is a shame; it was making my commute a blur.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-11
    Rockie Mentone, AL, United States 02-08-11

    Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!

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    "Pleasantly surpised"

    I took a chance on this book because I typically don't listen to or read post-apocalyptic or YA books, but the reviews encouraged me to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the story, as dark as it was. To me, the author nailed the suspension of disbelief. The story moved along smoothly and I cheered on the characters as if I knew them myself. Well worth the listen. I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Apopka, FL, United States 02-06-11
    Christopher Apopka, FL, United States 02-06-11
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    "Great listen!"

    I come from a horror survival type book interest and found myself completely engrossed in this novel. The characters were engaging and frustrating and antagonistic. What else do you need? While the story lends itself to a younger audience than I, it wasnt hard to place myself into the authors world. I enjoyed this book and recommend the others in the series as well!

    Cant wait for the movie! Oh yeah its coming! Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
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    "Wow!!!"

    Cant say enough, wasn't sure of what to expect form this trilogy but she got me hook line and sinker.!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Corona, CA, United States 02-04-11
    Deborah Corona, CA, United States 02-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Hunger Games"

    This is hard to stop listing too. I.m so entranced about about what is instore for Katniss next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 02-02-11
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 02-02-11
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    "10 Stars for The Hunger Game Series"

    I loved loved loved this series. I found myself drawn into the first book The Hunger Games as soon as they got to The Capital. This is a YA novel but I am 26 and loved it. If you are considering this book give it a chance. I laughed, cried, and shouted out loud during this book and the two that follow it. I would recommend it to any adult and would leave it up to parents as far as recommending it to children due to the violence. I am so glad I waited until all three books were out before starting the first book since I went through all three in about a week and a half. The narrator was also wonderful, it took me an hour or so to get use to her (she sounded older than 16 to me) but after that she was Katniss and I loved her. I would give this series 10 stars if I could.

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    A 02-01-11
    A 02-01-11
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    "good listen"

    Survivor meets Gladiator - not bad. It's a novel of teens for teens but the teen angst is kept to a tolerable minimum. The series would be extraordinary if written for adults, but some concessions are required to make it age-appropriate for the target audience. Despite the horrific world in which the story is set, the author still manages to romanticize some aspects of it, and the lead character sometimes displays a level of stupidity that can't quite be explained away by her youth and inexperience as we are supposed to believe. The same story written for older readers could probably be made a little more realistic in these areas, but even in its current form it is thought provoking and impossible to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "great book."

    did all three.. should have stopped after one.. i mean they are all good. i dont know maybe its just cause you hear a story like this then years later they make a movie on it.. i hope its just on the first one.. katnis is great.. she would make a good role model.

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    B. Howard Dublin OHIO 01-31-11
    B. Howard Dublin OHIO 01-31-11 Member Since 2009

    The Constant Knitter

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    "mindless games"

    I purchased this after reading the dust jacket at the local bookstore. Saw it on here and thought it would be entertaining. By the 4th chapter of the monotone voice of the reader I was hoping one of the characters would shoot me! Read the books instead.

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  • 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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
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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!

    8 of 9 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bella
    Somerset, United Kingdom
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    "Surprisingly I actually preferred the movie!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    Probably not-I loved the book itself but I absolutely hated Carolyn McCormicks narration,it really grated on my ears and brain and made it hard work to listen to.Luckily I downloaded this on a Kindle Unlimited trial and did not actually pay for it.If I had I would most probably have asked for a refund.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything about the story itself.


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

    Nothing ,she is a narrator I am pretty sure I will try to avoid.


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

    No -maybe with a different narrator I might.


    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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 6 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.

    6 of 8 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

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