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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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    I need audiobooks that are gripping from the start, and this series was. I really enjoyed it. Great escapism fun.

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    Especially geared toward teen readers. Captivating tale about a futuristic radical society with annual gladiator type fighting to the death games for teens. Entertaining fiction but a bit predictable.

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    A must read!!! Very engaging, I couldn't put the book down! And I fell in love with Peeta!

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    "A fun read"

    If you go into it looking for what it is (light, entertaining), you will find it. I enjoyed it and went on to listen to the full trilogy. (The second one is the weakest.)

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    Michelle Gold Coast, Australia 10-12-10
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    "Crazy not to read it"

    I LOVED IT.

    Note: I thought this was a kids book? I wouldn't really think a book about kids killing each other was suitable for children. Teenagers I guess is ok. I don't have kids..

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    Kevin Pasadena, CA, United States 10-10-10
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    "teen novel"

    I would imagine this book would apepal to a young teen more than it did to me.

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    Leticia West Covina, CA, United States 10-10-10
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    The emotional rollercoaster you are put on from start to finish was so beautifully done! I truly enjoyed the story and could not wait to listen to book 2 and 3.

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    "Unbelievable....I wanted more!"

    As soon as I was done listening to this book, I started listening again. The only other book I have ever done this with was Memoirs of a Geisha (totally different book, I know). This book was so well crafted. The story was exciting, intriguing and had me giggling like a young girl. I loved the strategy and since I listen on my commute to work, hated when my drive ended and I had to turn it off. I cannot recommend this book more. Awesome!! A must listen. Carolyn McCormick is the perfect narrator to give Katnis grit and mimic Effie perfectly. I cannot wait to download the others now.

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    "read and maybe you will get some insight."

    I don't rate books that often, yet I listen to 3 per month for 7 years. I base a lot of my downloads on these reviews and books others rate as good, bad or otherwise and felt it necessary to write something to help out. Here are a few that I didn't rate that may give you insight to my taste: Twilight - horriffic. Shadow Divers - All time favorite. Walk in the Woods - FUNNY and interesting. 1984 - slow but very thought provoking. Catch 22 - best narrated book on this site and FUNNY!! Dirty Job - second best narrated and FUNNY. Life of Pi - slow at first and didn't finish it for a year, second try LOVED it, stick it out and you will be rewarded. Ghost Soldiers - I found myself tearing up and wanting to cheer at the end. 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour - made me mad but a very good book. Matterhorn - good, but not the best war book. Hunger Games - very suprisingly entertaining. I reccomend it if you think like I do on the above list. It is NOT like the crap in the Twilight series (so far). I just downloaded the second book before finishing the first of this series. let me know if this helps you out.

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