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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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    Matthew Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-24-10
    Matthew Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Five stars"

    The book grabbed my by the collar until the very end. Well crafted and a very enjoyable listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 02-23-10
    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 02-23-10
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    "Intense"

    I was a little weary as this was a young adult novel. I decided to try it as it was on sale for a good price. It drew me right into the story, not childish at all! It was so engrossing that when I finished I downloaded the second book at full price just to find out what happened next! Absolutely a book adults can enjoy. The reader did a great job also!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Searcy, AR, USA 02-22-10
    Julie Searcy, AR, USA 02-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Why did I wait?!?"

    Great book for all ages! Hunger Games sat on my wish list for many months and now I'm kicking myself for waiting!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reda 02-15-10
    Reda 02-15-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "What can you say thats not been said......."

    I read this book last summer, its one of those books that you get from the library and you love it so much you dont want to return it.When it went on sale last week I jumped on the chance to listen to it.It was great.At first the narrators voice seemed alittle too mature to be Katniss but I got used to it.Ive also read book 2 and am impatiently waiting on 3.SPOILER--hope she ends up with Peeta!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Market Harborough, United Kingdom 02-13-10
    Ralph Market Harborough, United Kingdom 02-13-10 Member Since 2001
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    "The Hunger Games"

    I would normally delete a book from my computer / iPod as soon as I have read it, not this one though, its a keeper. Great story, good characters and very good narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forrest Stewart 12-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great for teens and adults"

    Really enjoyed this book and the sequel.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Don Fairbanks, AK, USA 09-16-09
    Don Fairbanks, AK, USA 09-16-09
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    "High praise with qualification"

    Like many of the other reviewers, my wife an I greatly enjoyed this book and the sequel, and eagerly await the conclusion to the trilogy. However, sometimes books get mis-categorized. This book is inappropriate for children, and should be presented for teens and adults. For that reason, I was disappointed with the narrator who uses voices more appropriate for a child's book. Hopefully the third book will be addressed with the maturity that the reading deserves.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 03-26-09
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 03-26-09
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    "Excellent audio book"

    This is a terrific story that is an excellent listen. I am pretty picky about my audio books but just loved this one. Naration is very good and the story if fast paced with lots of action. I highly recommend this audio book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Kit Carson, CO, USA 02-01-09
    Angela Kit Carson, CO, USA 02-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing!"

    This story had me from beginning to end. Must for sci-fi fans!

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Beaverton, OR, USA 10-28-09
    Helen Beaverton, OR, USA 10-28-09
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    "The ultimate game of "Survivor""

    Noone gets voted off this island - they get killed. And it's not really an island, but you get the idea. Not a lot of big surprises in this book, but it was an interesting premise. Reminded me a little of "The Lottery", or maybe "Logan's Run". I think this would be a particularly good listen for a teenage girl since the main character is a sixteen year old girl, who (aside from trying to stay alive) is struggling with the usual teen insecurities and trying to understand her feelings.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Lindsay
    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.

    7 of 8 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!

    7 of 8 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    9 of 11 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    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.

    4 of 5 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.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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