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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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    megumi 12-11-10
    megumi 12-11-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, not so great narration"

    I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, after a few chapters, I had to quit listening to it. I will admit that the main character, Katniss (the girl telling the story), is not the most likeable person, but McCormick's cold voice characterization was making me hate her. Thankfully, I was intrigued enough by the story to go buy a physical copy of the book. It's much easier to get through and enjoy the story without McCormick's narration. I would give the actual book 5 stars, but this audiobook is only worth 1 (if even that).

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    Patricia Austin, TX, United States 12-06-10
    Patricia Austin, TX, United States 12-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very engrossing"

    Exceedingly delightful. An incredible page turner, I did not want to stop listening. Well narrated and well written. It will make a blockbuster movie, just wait. I loved it anyway.

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    Tyler Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-10
    Tyler Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-10
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    "Wish there was more!"

    This is not the kind of book that i normally listen to but it was reccomended to me by a friend as a good way to pass the time on long drives. I drive 6 hours almost every weekend to see my family and the hunger games series has made the past 3 weeks fly by to the point where i would sit in my car when I got home for up to 20 minutes just so I could keep listning. Very well read and an interesting story.

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    Robert Nauvoo, AL, United States 12-02-10
    Robert Nauvoo, AL, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than I ever could have expected"

    I'm not into this genre all that much- but I wanted something to listen to and with the hype about a movie deal in the works- my partner and I decided to give this a go.
    It was absolutely enthralling. We listened to all three books within a week. And come to find out our son has read the first two books and was waiting on the third book to become available in his library.
    We're both 39 and our son in 13. So there is a lot of appeal all across the age spectrum. I highly recommend this series- but be ready to devote some time to it- because you're not going to want to put it down!!! I hope you enjoy it half as much as we did.

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    SUZANNE United States 11-30-10
    SUZANNE United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved this book!"

    When you take your audio book on walks and listen to it in bed you know it's a good book! Great imaginative story with characters you really care about. I recommend this strongly and can't wait to see what else Suzanne Collins has done.

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    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 11-30-10
    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 11-30-10 Member Since 2015

    Old timer IT guy, researcher.

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    "Blotchy ride but ends well"

    The story feels somewhat simplistic, clichéd and quite contrived, particularly as key plot devices regularly arrive without warning. However, once the games start the story becomes much more compelling. I can understand how some people may have issues with the narrator, but if you can get over it, McCormick does quite a reasonable job. I think Collins shows her roots as this would definitely gain more stars for younger readers.

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    Cliff Somerville, MA, United States 11-28-10
    Cliff Somerville, MA, United States 11-28-10
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    "Great storytelling..."

    The book is very well written, believable from the perspective of our main character, narrated very well, and it keeps moving constantly to keep things interesting. I couldn't put it down and listened it through on my entire 8 hour Thanksgiving vacation commute- along with before bed and before / after naps!

    Is this the first of a series or a stand alone installment? You REALLY want to be able to follow the story onward long after the final words are spoken!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
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    "A must listen!"

    The brings you in within 5 minutes. The narrator is excellent and suspenseful from the start. I couldn't stop listening!
    It's definitely appropriate for a younger reader, but I'm in my 30s and still felt drawn in by the characters and plot. You won't be sorry!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Belmont, NC, United States 11-19-10
    Jennifer Belmont, NC, United States 11-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book...narrator...not so great"

    I really liked this book! It kept me riveted to see what would happen next. Some people have talked about violence but to be honest there is more violence in a reality show on cable than in this book...you can handle it. I thought it was well written and very engaging. I did not however, like the narrator. When I first started listening I felt like she sounded like an awful robot, very stilted and stiff, but I had purchased the book so I persevered and I got used to her cadence enough to finish listening to the book. I will be checking the next two books out of the library to read myself rather than have to listen to this narrator again. It is a shame because the book is amazing and I would prefer to listen since I don't have the time to sit down and read it myself.

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    Paul Olathe, KS, United States 11-15-10
    Paul Olathe, KS, United States 11-15-10
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    "Excellent Book"

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is very interesting, and keeps your attention throughout book, but not at the level of my absolute favorite books, so not quite a 5 star rating. The narrator does a good job, but there are times that she doesn't get the characters quite right. All-in-all, well worth the credit, and I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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