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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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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-22-11
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story"

    It took me a little while to get past the narrator's pacing. The dialog and voices of the characters are good, but the general narration's pacing makes the main character sound a little flat. She does do a good job overall and by the second book, her narration lends a sense that Katniss's thoughts at times are disjointed, deliberate and cold. That being said, I liked the story so much that I listened to the other two books.

    As far as the story goes, this a book for young adults, as there's no profanity and only a hint of sexual innuendo later in the series. I enjoy most Y-A books and many do appeal to an older audience as these do. The main character is 16-17 years old. The books center around the the conflict between the Districts and the Capitol and deaths of "tributes" - kids. The Capitol has very little regard for life and is very cruel, some of the imagery can be fairly gruesome. Fine for young adults, but some of the imagery may not be for younger kids. The post apocalyptic world in this book presents a fresh view of what would be left and presents some very interesting questions about our society and what forms it would take.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EllenofCA 01-22-11
    EllenofCA 01-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "If you loved Enders Game, you'll love this"

    I enjoyed the narrator of this book. She was very good and the book is very exciting. I ended up purchasing and listening to the next 2 books and am almost finished. I'm going to be miss these characters when I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. United States 01-21-11
    Dr. United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Intriguing futuristic social commentary."

    This work was my first introduction to Collins’ work and did I enjoy this. I had thought I’d listen while I did house work, you know background story “noise.” Boy was I surprised, I couldn’t quit listening, I had to listen straight through. Good thing I loaded this on my phone so I could have it with me everywhere until I’d finished the “book.” The social comment, I believe the underlying premise of this work, centers (in my opinion) around what happens when psychopaths and sociopaths have the best survival skills. What is stunning was the recognition that the story is fiction, the fear, dominance, and detachment necessary for this fictional society to exist are already manifesting in our current, real word. Read and be very afraid. And yes, I did buy the other two books in this series of three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    monica Zionsville, IN, United States 01-19-11
    monica Zionsville, IN, United States 01-19-11
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    "Simple, predictable plot"

    This book was boring. The narration was excellent but the content of the book is firmly young adult. Although other adult reviewers appreciated this book, I found the characters, social commentary and lackluster prose too juvenile to enjoy. I was bored throughout. I might've enjoyed this book when I was 15 but I'm too old for it now (I'm 22).

    If you're not a young adult, avoid this book...it's a waste of credits.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Giselle Mountain View, CA, United States 01-17-11
    Giselle Mountain View, CA, United States 01-17-11
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    "Not satisfying as a single book"

    This page turner leaves you desiring more from the lead characters who don't quite deal with the evil society that put them into their predicament. I started book two, got bored and left the series behind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Atlanta, GA United States 01-17-11
    Matthew Atlanta, GA United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Unpredictable plot with a daring ending"

    I expected the story to be predictable and simplistic since it was written for less experienced readers. I was pleased, though, that, aside from the age of the protagonist and the straight-forward writing style, this book could easily be marketed for adult readers. The plot is engaging and the ending is bold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 01-11-11
    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fast moving, compelling story"

    What a great book! I am usually hesitant to buy/read YA books, I suppose because I essentially think of them as a censored version of an adult book and feel that the story will suffer without the explicit details. That is certainly not the case with The Hunger Games. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and after reading the positive reviews I decided to give it a go. I don't feel that the lack of sex or graphic violence hurts the story, even though the bulk of it is about an innately violent, viscious game. I also like it because it takes a bit of a different spin on the typical distopian novel, which I am generally fond of anyway. I listen to Audiobooks in the kitchen while cleaning and doing the dishes, and I am enjoying this book so much I keep finding more things to clean! All in all it is very good and entertaining. I didn't find it at all "sappy" like some of the other reviewers, but rather accurate in describing the types of fears and emotions one experiences as a teenager. The narrator is excellent as well. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-09-11
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my most intriguing listens yet!"

    I have purchased and listened to over 60 books since becoming an audible member 2 years ago. This was one of the most well narrated "edge of your seat" books I have ever listened to!

    The writing is brilliant! A "children's" book? Well in the sense of some of the main characters thoughts and actions, but that's really where it stops. I have actually listened to to this entire series because I couldn't stop with the ending of this one.

    If your looking for a future classic don't hesitate to get this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Spencerport, NY, United States 01-06-11
    Dan Spencerport, NY, United States 01-06-11
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    "Awesome"

    I know this won't be helpful, but just get this book. If you are 12, 25, 75 or any age in between. Period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 01-02-11
    Tanya 01-02-11
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    "What a surprise!"

    This was not something that I would usually listen to, but loved it. The story line was intriging and unique. Also loved the characters and the naration. I had to pay for the next 2 as I could not wait for my free credits to listen to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    10 of 11 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!

    9 of 10 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 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    9/26/14
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    "Surprisingly I actually preferred the movie!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    Probably not-I loved the book itself but I absolutely hated Carolyn McCormicks narration,it really grated on my ears and brain and made it hard work to listen to.Luckily I downloaded this on a Kindle Unlimited trial and did not actually pay for it.If I had I would most probably have asked for a refund.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything about the story itself.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing ,she is a narrator I am pretty sure I will try to avoid.


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

    No -maybe with a different narrator I might.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/31/12
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    "A great audiobook"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I've found this audiobook to be very well written by the author, read beautifully and also quite addictive! I would recommend it to anyone.

    5 of 7 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.

    9 of 11 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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