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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Conor BOSTON, MA, United States 10-25-11
    Conor BOSTON, MA, United States 10-25-11

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    "Missing the middle third of the story!!!"

    Story comes in two parts but there is clearly several hours missing in between them and I'm not sure how no previous reviewers have noticed.

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    Cynthia Roodepoort, South Africa 10-21-11
    Cynthia Roodepoort, South Africa 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "What a great series!"

    All I can say is that I was disappointed.... that it had to end!
    I listened to all 3 audio books one after the other while driving to work and back. This is the first book(s) that I wanted to listen to outside of my daily commute. I would sneak in a few minutes here and there at home, because I was desperate to know what happened next to Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
    The plot is brilliant - a world in the future where the "Capitol" forces the 12 existing regions to give up 2 of their children, 1 boy 1 girl, every year to participate in the elaborate "Hunger Games". The children are forced to compete to the death in this vicious and depraved annual event held to remind the rebels of the Capitol’s power.
    I loved every second - a great story and a wonderful narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11
    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly good listen!"

    Enjoyed this book. It is a combination of fiction and could be reality. The narrator was good and the story line was very good. I would recommend it.

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The Hunger Games - Awesome"

    Awesome book.... Really different kind of story line which I was not expecting. The narration was awesome. Had to read more from this author and read the Giver.. also a great book. Highly recommend.

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    chris 09-25-11
    chris 09-25-11
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    "Completely Underwhelming"

    I guess I am not this books prime audience, but I picked it up from a friends recommendation and honestly I don't get what everyone sees in it. The main character never grows by the end of the book. She is supremely stuck in whatever state she started in; not trusting anyone. What kills me the most is that she had so many opportunities to have a meaningful relationship with almost all the characters but she chose not to.

    The hunger games themselves are a little lackluster. They outline these rules and it all boils down to a lottery to see if you will have to fight to the death. After that there is a whole system for gifts to the players, or tributes in this case. The whole thing seems mildly underwhelming for a society as advanced as the "capital" who you get the impression has total power over everyone, but rarely exercises that power.

    There were some nice moments in this book, but all in all I don't think that it deserves all the praise it gets. Honestly at the end of the book I felt a little jipped that I had to waste a credit on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chilton Valencia, CA, United States 09-20-11
    Chilton Valencia, CA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised"

    I was a little bit wary of this one and wasn't sure why i purchased it at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought it was both beautifully written and performed. I'm on to book two.

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    Kelley Reading, PA, United States 09-20-11
    Kelley Reading, PA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful read!"

    I usually don't read YA novels but this one was recommended to me. This is an excellent novel. It is well-written, the characters are realistic, the plot is engaging, and the cliffhanger leaves you anxious for the next novel.

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice (I don't know, I thought she should have sounded younger), but I now can't imagine anyone else reading the novel.

    If you love romance, there's a nice romantic plot. If you like adventure and action, there's plenty of that. If you like sci-fic, great book for you. If you like a novel that makes you think, you'll find plenty of that.

    Highly recommended.

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    Eannarino Washington, PA, United States 09-19-11
    Eannarino Washington, PA, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    great story. able to connect to characters and share the experiences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    the utter lack of privacy and the characters awareness of it. soemthing too often taken for granted in an electronic world.


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    Hilton SHELBY, NC, United States 09-19-11
    Hilton SHELBY, NC, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "good"

    was forced to get this book by my wife, for a long road trip. Normally I dislike her choices, however this book is very good. having listened to it I purchased the rest of the series. Great listen.

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    Noon HENDERSONVILLE, NC, United States 09-18-11
    Noon HENDERSONVILLE, NC, United States 09-18-11
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    "Hunger Games Fever"

    Since the filming of Hunger Games began out here in the mountains of NC, alot of the locals seem to have caught the HG fever. I decided to try out the audiobook for a change and I am sooo glad I did. I think that Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators I have ever heard! I just couldn't turn this audiobook off....I had to know what was going to happen next (I would never have been able to put the book down until I was finished if I simply read it). The personality and voice that she gave to each character was so unique that even my imagination wouldn't have done it that much justice in my head if I was simply reading it. This is why I love buying audible books. I'm looking forward to buying the next one on Audible. I warn you...save a credit for the next one because you will HAVE TO get it immediately after this one ends. It is THAT GOOD! I am addicted now. I love a trilogy!

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