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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-17-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "I liked it"

    It was a good story, an interesting concept. I guess it is YA because the main characters are young and don't curse or have sex. You can recommend this book to anyone and they would enjoy it. I gave it five stars, but it is not as good as Patrick Ness's, The Knife of Never Letting Go or Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Your going to read a lot that is good about this book, so let me just mention a couple of things I did not like. 1. I thought the whole reason SC gives for having the games, is weak, it would most likely cause the opposite reaction then what the Capital is trying to achieve. 2. I got a little tired of how stupid this sixteen year old acted in relationships. I believe a sixteen year old girl would recognize when a boy has a crush on her, especially after it has been pointed out to her. These are minor complaints and the book is worth the credit.

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    Littlespark Cerritos, CA, United States 09-15-11
    Littlespark Cerritos, CA, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Fun Listen!~"

    This is a quick fun listen, just lose yourself in a new world. Hooked on the series now.
    Great narration too!~

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    Mark Helfrick 09-15-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Dark, unpredictable and delightful"

    I just finished listening to the trilogy. I am a 27 year old guy and even though it is described as YA and features a female character I really enjoyed it. The story has dark undertones that explore the human experience; touching topics of suffering, hope, love, guilt, death and fear. The science fiction part of it wasn't too overwhelming and mostly provided the backdrop for the drama to unfold. The dramatization by McCormick was engaging; allowing each character to come to life without being overdone.

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    Jane Phillips El Segundo, CA, United States 09-13-11
    Jane Phillips El Segundo, CA, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "So refreshingly different"

    I loved Suzanne's book. So captivating and integrating. I looking forward to her next 2 books in the trilogy. It is hard to believe, but the next two are suppose to be even better. I'll let you know.

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    Denisa 09-13-11
    Denisa 09-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing book"

    This is an amazing book! I could not stop listening to it. The story is captivating and the narration is very good. LOVED IT!

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    C Gipe COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-09-11
    C Gipe COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator missing the tension of the story"

    I loved this book, but the narrator was so slow and completely missed the tension and urgency of the story. I had to listen to it on fast mode just to make it through. But I'm glad I did, the story was engaging and I look forward to the next two books.

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    Hudson LAPEER, MI, United States 09-09-11
    Hudson LAPEER, MI, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen to books while I live my life. It makes mundane things interesting. I love a great series. I welcome recommendations!

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    "The Hunger Games"

    I loved this book and the two following. I found it very hard to put it down. The characters and story were vivid and interesting.

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    Bilbay 09-08-11
    Bilbay 09-08-11
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    "Amazing Trilogy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the narrator sounded as if she was Katnis and it helped pull you in even more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Too many to count except for the need to go on to the next book.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet


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

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recomend this to anyone thinking about seeing the movie.

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    Morosani Asheville, NC, United States 09-07-11
    Morosani Asheville, NC, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really liked it"

    I really liked the story and how it kept me engaged in the story. . .

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    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Written for children but not at all childish."

    The story moves quickly but is easy to follow in situations where you might be momentarily distracted from time to time where books written for an adult audience is not always. No subtext or hidden symbolism to track or follow. It still has a great story line that moves along quickly with both action and emotional impact. I bought the whole trilogy and am glad I did. Great listen for the car, running, or the gym. I would recommend this to anyone teenaged or above.

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