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The Hunger Games Audiobook

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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    tigrrlily04 VA 08-03-11
    tigrrlily04 VA 08-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!"

    I didn't know anything about this series when I started listening to this book, and I ended up downloading all three books and listened to them in about 2 weeks! Really fun :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-03-11
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2015

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "Completely drawn in!"

    I've seen this book for a while on audible, and I've had my eye on it, but for some reason just kept passing on it. When I saw it this last time, I bit the bullet and downloaded it. I couldn't be happier with my decision, now that I've finished it, in less than a week! I'm also currently downloading the two sequels.

    The characters are engaging and you CARE about them! I hate books that just kind of tell a story that doesn't make you love the characters. I cried, I laughed, I raged. I'm 28, and this book is definitely not ONLY for young adults. I loved it, and I can't wait to finish the story and find out what happens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Placerville, CA, United States 07-28-11
    Lynne Placerville, CA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe just not for me..."

    I read and listen to many different types of books. Some books are just better when read, rather than listened-to. For me, this may be one of those books. Her reading was not horrible, but it kept taking me out of the story. It was as if she were reading to a noisy group and trying hard to be heard (not a volume issue, but a tone issue). I must give the author credit for some original ideas and interesting plot points, but I guess I'm just not the desired demographic for this series (I'm 54).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 07-27-11
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "An excellent listen"

    Sometimes there's a book that feels as if it was specifically written to be read aloud and this is one of them. Everything from the story to the narration was excellent. If you're a fan of dystopian novels you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 07-21-11
    Theresa 07-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "Hunger Games"

    I read this to see if my grandchildren should read this trilogy. As disturbing as the premise is - a yes from this fussy grandmother. There is evil and good. Pain and suffering. You have to be willing to stand up for your beliefs and freedoms. Symbolism with the Capitol and the districts is interesting. Read and discuss with teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    The summary to this book didn't really have be captivated but I was curious from the overwhelming great reviews. They were all correct. This is a great book! I immediately downloaded the following 2 books. I am right now in the middle of the 3rd one and I am relieved that it is almost over so I can get on with my life because right now, it revolves around only this series.

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    stanley Cape Town, South Africa 07-21-11
    stanley Cape Town, South Africa 07-21-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliantly story muddied by poor narration"

    The Hunger Games is one of my favourite trilogies. I bought the audiobook hoping to recreate the experience. I honestly can’t get over my disappointment at one of my favourite books ruined by such an unskilled narrator. Carolyn McCormick seems to struggle getting the words out of her mouth. I can almost painfully hear her mouth exaggerate the movements. In print Katniss came across – to me at least – as a strong girl with a sarcastic sense of humour. The sarcasm seems to be lost on McCormick. Her accent drove me to complete distraction as well. I honestly think I could have done a better job at narrating this story (actually, I kept correcting McCormick’s enunciation in my head throughout the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Warrawee, Australia 07-20-11
    Linda Warrawee, Australia 07-20-11
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    "Great Listening"

    This story transends age - I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this gripping tale. I would highly recommend.

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    Mary Catherine NC 07-15-11
    Mary Catherine NC 07-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A book for adolescents?"

    The book was a little dark for me, but I did listen to all three books. The reader was fine but didn't seem to match the mail character. SPOILER ALERT: A score of teenagers are forced to kill or be killed for sport and public entertainment. If this is a book for young adults, I wonder what their favorite part will be. When a little girl is killed by a spear in the neck? Or maybe when the main character kills two teenagers at one time? Or when one boy gets torn apart by animals? Stick around to the end, and you can enjoy the part where little children are slaughtered. All three books are filled with images of killing and being killed. Why this should be recommended for young adults I don't know. This is also a Twilight kind of book where the female character goes back an forth between two males until your head could spin. I always want both guys to just walk away from all that erratic behavior - it is demeaning to both male characters when the girl is that fickle

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    michelle United States 07-14-11
    michelle United States 07-14-11
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    "engaging"

    this story held my attention and the need to know what happens next throughout this book started from the first chapter...
    a great book!
    on to book 2 =]

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  • 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.

    15 of 17 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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 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!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 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!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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