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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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    Colt South Weber, UT, USA 07-31-09
    Colt South Weber, UT, USA 07-31-09
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    "Good, but some things held it back"

    I was dreading finishing this book at the beginning. The narrator's vocal cadence betrayed her reading the passage versus telling it. Either it got better, or I just put up with it, I don't recall. Had the narrator told the entire story in a consistent flowing motion, it would be five stars.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie Melnikow 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A waste of time and a credit"

    A girl is selected by lottery to represent her town in the Hunger Games, an annual Survivor-esque game where the contestants murder each other until one remains. The summary seemed more intellectual than turned out to be the case, as this was a beach read I was duped into buying due to its dystopian aspect. A true disappointment.

    14 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Leader 04-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "What a horrible book!!"
    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    The story line! Maybe I am totally out of touch with the real world, but to have an "event" to kill kids is absolutely out of touch with what the world SHOULD be trying to promote. Plus, the killing PREPERATION is crazy.....but then that is only my opinion. It kills ME to trash the download, but I may just do that rather than listen to $15 of pure horror!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Louisville, KY, United States 03-04-12
    Frederick Louisville, KY, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Badly written book on many levels"

    These books were terrible at so many levels. Bad writing, no good grammar, syntax sucks, all in the present tense. Bad character development, none actually and the main character is just a sour, angry, weak personality. Not very likely that someone with a character like that would become a hero or a leader. Bad plot development, especially in book 2 and 3. I had to reread some chapters because it wasn't clear what had happened almost as if chapters had been ripped out of the book. It is clear that the author is a screen writer, because that is what the books are written for a movie; a bad movie!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!

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    "Best book I've read in a LONG time"

    I'm writing this review based on when I read the book. I loved it, the story is great, characters interesting, and the plot is SO interesting and exciting. However, I listened to it several months after reading it just because I loved it so much, and the narration isn't what I'd hoped. The narrator makes Katniss seem way more childish and girly than I pictured her, and her male voices were interesting to say the least. She does a good drunk Haymitch but I would suggest reading this book instead of listening to it if possible!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    10-19-11
    10-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Silly"

    Teenage dribble. Just another way to repackage the Twilight saga.... Can't understand the appeal and why it came so highly recommended. Seems to me I have heard this story over and over again

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 06-01-10
    T. Oakley San Diego, CA USA 06-01-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Tense Ride - Phew *wipes sweat off of brow*"

    This book had me in tears. I spent all day listening to it (it was that good). Right from the beginning, it was non-stop.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 05-23-10
    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible Narrator, unlikeable protagonist"

    This book was clearly a take on Stephen King's The Running Man, but I loved the concept. Its another example of missed potential. You like many of the characters in the book, but the protagonist is not one of them. Ultimately it pushes the willing suspension of disbelief too far and become tedious.

    I suggest reading the Bloody Jack series by L A Meyer. You will love them.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Cary, NC, United States 03-05-10
    Sandra Cary, NC, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2003

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Grammar Nazis beware"

    Maybe it's just me, but I find it appalling that a book written for teens is allowed to go to press, rife with grammatical errors. If it were a literary device, I wouldn't have a problem with it, but this author--and, apparently, her editors--has no clue when to use "me" rather than "I", and as to the difference between "lie" and "lay", forget it. Since I do know the difference, running across errors like that, sprinkled liberally throughout the book, were constantly pulling me out of the story. It bothers me that this is the example set in a book destined to be read by countless young people.

    If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, expect a moderately good read. Certainly nothing complex about it, and although Katniss and Peeta may not know where they're going sometimes, you always will. Entertaining, if you have nothing better to do.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Alexis Denver, CO 02-26-10
    C. Alexis Denver, CO 02-26-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Riveting, but slightly juvenile"

    I feel guilty giving this audiobook four stars, because it really was a page-turner. Where Collins excelled was in the conception of the Hunger Games, an event that almost any reader can understand the ethical implications of. My problem with the book is that Collins' writing skill is beneath the book's conception, so that midway through, the quality of the writing really suffers. I was disappointed by the games--I kept waiting for action that the lead character's skill level promised. I also didn't expect this book to devolve into a Stephanie Meyer-esque love story, but that is exactly what it did. The dialogue suffered along with the plot as the love story unfolded. A disappointing ending to a strong start. Still, four stars. Oh--the reader was way too old for the main character! She was kind-of a shocking choice.

    0 of 2 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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