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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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    "Gratuitous violence distracts from good writing"

    There are very few books that I wished I hadn't read, but this series falls into that category.

    I'll try to make this short, and what I wished someone had told me before I started book one. I was uneasy with the plot line of kids killing other kids for the entertainment of a debauched population, but I hoped that the violence would be PG since this was a teen book. Not the case. If you like constant graphic gratuitous violence, you'll love this! The mutilations and deaths start right away, and build and build throughout the series. By book three everyone is getting shot and burned and beaten and tortured and killed. Awesome!

    The main character is self-centered and emotionally stunted and does not develop at all in the course of the books. I'm embarrassed that I kept reading to find out what happened. Really not worth it.

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    Joy Saginaw, MI, United States 10-31-10
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    "Sensational yet modest...."

    This book was excellent. It took exactly 10 minutes to be completely sucked into the story. It is easy to relate to the herione and easy to share her emptions. This is an exciting story for teens and up!

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    "best book ou of the trilogy"

    this is by far the best one out of the trilogy, this one completely captivated me and i couldn't stop i needed to know more about these characters after i finished it! its my favorite one out of all of them.

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    I'm hooked! Great job and thank you excellent story and edge of your seat narration!

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    "Engages you till the end"

    My first concern was that being targeted for a younger audience I may not enjoy it. After listening (and my wife) not a concern. Also don't worry about the ending leaving you hanging. I've not listened to the second book yet (but I plan too). But I didn't feel disappointed with a lot of loose ends. The only reason that I gave it a four instead of a five was the lack of spiritual depth with the characters. They were well developed otherwise and for most people this would not be a concern. You will enjoy it!

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    "Fantastic, hard to put down! A++++"

    Loved it, and 'read' it almost non-stop while cleaning the house, never before has the house looked so clean. I even got grumpy when anyone interrupted me. I found it to be fantastically narrated, and the storyline was constantly changing and gripping, loved every second! Highly recommended. Starting the second book now, and look forward to what is in store in the next one!

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    Cynthia United States 10-26-10
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    "Incredibly enjoyable"

    I'm a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy, and this series has not disappointed. I was a little hesitant in starting the series since it's marketed as "young adult" (and I was basing my young adult reading experience on the twilight series- which I found tiresome), but I found the Hunger Games to be well-written, intelligent and incredibly enjoyable. I also really enjoyed the narrator. I'm almost finished with the third and final book in the series and all have been great.

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    I loved this story and I loved the story teller. It was a combo that made me not want to quit listening.

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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 10-21-10
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    "Easy to get into"

    I need audiobooks that are gripping from the start, and this series was. I really enjoyed it. Great escapism fun.

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-20-10
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining tale"

    Especially geared toward teen readers. Captivating tale about a futuristic radical society with annual gladiator type fighting to the death games for teens. Entertaining fiction but a bit predictable.

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