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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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    Amy Kansas City, MO, United States 05-11-12
    Amy Kansas City, MO, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Apalling"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have made this a better listening experience. The overall topic and story of the book is appalling and disappointing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next, I will be listening to Lost in Time by Melissa De La Cruz.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    I rarely choose a book based on it's narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are no redeeming qualities for an author, or a story, that pits innocent children against each other to the death for entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire concept of this book is contradictory. The author creates characters who hate the fact that, as children, they are forced to ruthlessly, shamelessly, murder each other for the entertainment of the masses. The people of the story despise the practice and yet there is underlying revelry for it. The general public encourage the appalling and disgusting tradition by watching it, gambling on it, even sponsoring it. It makes me ill that in our real world, people spend their hard earned money doing exactly the same thing by purchasing this book, or watching it's namesake film. I regret the money I spent on this book, and wish I could go back in time to undo that decision. I do not, can not, and will not ever condone any person financially benefitting from child murder. Anyone who purchases this book should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging this sick minded author to write such atrocities.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dena M. Sandercock MEDFORD, OR, United States 05-03-12
    Dena M. Sandercock MEDFORD, OR, United States 05-03-12

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    "Absolutely loved the book."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Suzanne Collins is brilliant. Her imagination is out of this world!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity of the author and the discription of everything made it so easy for me to get a mental picture of the world, people, animals, everthing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Roo and Katniss decided to become allies.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt every emotion possible with this book. laughed, cried, felt it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so amazing!!! It is now my favorite of all time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 04-11-12
    Gary 04-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... the characters are right on and belivable in this setting. Susanne does a great job at keeping the emotions and reactions age appropriate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is what drew me in... and it did not dissapoint me


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She was great... a good differentiation between characters and always spot on with the emotions. Her pace was not too hurried and she did not wain twords the end. Good job!!


    Any additional comments?

    Although I felt this book was written for a younger aged reader... I found it quite compelling and bridged that gap quite well

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 03-30-12
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome....Then twilighty"
    Any additional comments?

    This books started sooooo awesome with fire and blood and explosions! YA! But then 2 boys like her and she doesn't know what to do and it made me sad :( YOU RUINED IT! (crying goes here)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarah saint louis, MO, United States 03-28-12
    sarah saint louis, MO, United States 03-28-12
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    "Nope"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I truly wanted to listen to this series. However after 5 long minutes listening to the narration... I was done. Poor choice indeed. She sounds like she is narrating a children's book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-07-12
    Jacob Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Far fetched, but entertaining"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My sister wanted me to read this before the movie came out so we could appreciate it in the same way. I'm hopeful that the movie does a good job with the costumes, especially the girl-who-was-on-fire outfit.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt unresolved, but based on what I heard about the subsequent books I'd prefer to imagine my own progression.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voices were a little awkward, especially male voice imitations.


    Could you see The Hunger Games being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The story seems to have a number of elements that'd be interesting in the movie medium.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to Dune just before this book, so I was a little spoiled. Dune is a far better narrative than the Hunger Games, so much so that it makes HG seem like an infant's book. I thought the story would have been more believable if it hadn't been set on our planet; the idea the majority of people could throw off their naturally instilled empathy for other humans is very difficult to swallow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith United States 02-04-12
    Meredith United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ehhh... Clearly a Young Adult book."

    I wasn't particularly impressed with Carolyn McCormick's delivery of The Hunger Games. ... But, then again, I wasn't particularly impressed with the book itself. The Hunger Games is clearly written for the young adult crowd. The plot line is fairly predictable, the writing is elementary, and the book itself borrows a little too much from Orwell's "1984" to be considered an original contribution to dystopian fiction. The young adult audience wouldn't bother me so much if the premise of the book wasn't so... well, RAW, for lack of a better word. I mean, if 15 other kids were trying to kill me, I think I would let a few expletives fly. The nonchalance with which the heroine faces the Games is unrealistic. Overall, I'd recommend this book if you're on a car trip with the kiddos and don't want to listen to KidzBop for 18 hours. Otherwise, buy a book for grown-ups.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-03-12
    Robert 02-03-12
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    "A little overly contrived."

    It's a great idea for a story, and fairly original, but it suffers from too much contrivance in order to make the goals of the author work (which I won't detail due to spoilers) and suit a younger audience.
    Resolutions are all fairly obvious, but it's a quick enjoyable read and definitely good for the youth audience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal 02-02-12
    Crystal 02-02-12 Member Since 2013

    I read and review Young Adult lit!

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    "Brilliant...but you already knew that!"

    I loved the Hunger Games but a thousand other people have already said the same thing, so I’ll skip the gushing.

    I will say to anyone worried about the backlash that has been building for the series that I believe most of the negativity aimed at the series is because of the second two books that just don’t live up to the promises of the first.

    The Hunger Games Book 1 is definitely worth a read, even if you are not usually into dystopian fiction. I found the story compelling, the characters likeable (usually not the case in YA, I have to say) and the world very interesting (as someone who usually doesn’t like built-words too different from our current).

    If you’re still reluctant I say spend the credit - at least you’ll know what everyone is talking about; especially with the movie opening soon and you can easily stop after the first as if it were a stand-alone book.

    Sometimes I wish I had…

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-22-12
    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hunger Games"

    Carolyn McCormick - her performance was wonderful. I really did not like the story, but this book was a gift and I told myself I would listen to it all the way through. The only thing I can really say about it, is that Carolyn McCormick was the only outstanding part of this book! She did a wonderful job of narration!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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