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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
    Lana Nashville, TN, United States 12-06-11
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    "Finally read it and glad I did!"

    So I had rebelled against reading this book for a long time because it seemed so popular...yeah I know it doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyway, I broke down and bought it recently and am VERY glad I did!

    It's a sad and disturbing tale that inspires hope and rebellion for me. My only negative is that I was somewhat and frequently annoyed with the cadence of the narrator. I'm unsure if this is due to how the story is woven in print or due to the natural cadence of this narrator (I'm assuming some of both) but I eventually got past it and it turned into a part of the realities of the book I accepted.

    I look forward to reading the rest of the books!

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    kevin 12-06-11
    kevin 12-06-11
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    "kept my attention, and kept me dreaming"

    This one stayed with me even when i went to bed. Couldn't stop listning, and when i did, it followed me into my dreams. loved it!

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    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11
    Nicole Wagner California 12-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A schizophrenic nightmare...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't have been able to get through the print version. This type of story isn't my usual taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss. She was the only character with depth.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She read it just fine but there was a few recording glitches and background noises.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is good. However it reminds me of what schizophrenic person must feel when off their meds: People always watching, magical parachutes falling from the sky, grandiose skills. If it wasn't an audible book I couldn't have done this story. I liked it, but there were believability issues I needed to suspend in order to do so.

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    Steve 12-05-11
    Steve 12-05-11
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    "Wonderful reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    This is my first audio book that I have listened to. It was so much more than I was expecting. McCormick does a wonderful job in the reading of this book. The slight tone and pitch changes for each character made me believe the actual character was speaking. The reading, or should I say acting, was entertaining without being corny.


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

    The story itself is not overly original. I would describe it as a cross between Logan's Run, The Running Man and Lord of the Flies. There was nothing in the plot that I found surprising. The plot was a bit unbelieveable at times and usually predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was best performed. McCormick did a great job portraying other characters in the voice of the main narrator.


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

    I had no extreme reaction in this book as the story was mostly predictable. However, one scene could be a tear-jerker to some.


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    Sarabaite 12-05-11
    Sarabaite 12-05-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A character story with great action"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The characters leave a lasting impression, but, unlike many


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    BRAD las vegas, NV, United States 12-03-11
    BRAD las vegas, NV, United States 12-03-11
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    "Loved this story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not a big reader, but got hooked on this audible book and loved it.


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    Wm Bruce Ford 12-03-11
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    "Exciting Adolescent Adventure"

    Self absorbed adolesent girl struggles with preteen emotions while using her super woman hunting skills to survive against the dark forces of an oppressive and cruel government.

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    Greg Smith Midlothian, VA, United States 12-03-11
    Greg Smith Midlothian, VA, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, kept me wanting more"

    This is a classic story told well. My only complaint is that Collins sets us up with the rules of the universe only to change them near the end. Also, there is a taint of "deus ex machina" when the mentor sends gifts at appropriate times. I find this causes the book to tilt more towards fantasy than scifi.

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    Ekaterina McKinney, TX, United States 11-30-11
    Ekaterina McKinney, TX, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    Really loved the book, great idea! Narrator is doing good job, i really enjoyed listening.

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    Denise United States 11-29-11
    Denise United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Hunger Games review"

    This is the first book of the three series. I was always looking for an excuse to stop and listen to the book because you never knew what to expect next. I would hightly recommend this book.

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