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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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    Frederick Senlis, France 09-11-10
    Frederick Senlis, France 09-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story but also great narrator !"

    This is a terrific trilogy for any age (not just young adults) and I enjoyed it hugely and many of the previous reviews give a good indication why so I won't go there. I would just like to highlight that I loved the narrator of this audiobook and think she did a fantastic job. When the three books were finished, I was sad not just because the story ended but also because I wouldn't be hearing her anymore. One of the best series of audiobooks I have ever listened to (and I have been a platinum member of audible for years...) with a really great narrator !!!

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    Jeffrey Cortez, CO, United States 09-11-10
    Jeffrey Cortez, CO, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2013

    I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.

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    "Young Adult book for ADULTS!"

    The book was surprisingly good. I liked the idea of the hunger games. The game which is brutal in nature is tactfully written. The main character is likable and talented. The only aspect I didn't like is it seemed like the author didn't really describe what the rules of the game were until the "rule" came into play. It was like, oh yeah, by the way this is like this. And sometimes it is in the main characters favor and sometimes not. I just don't like it when it appears the author makes up the rules as they go. Like the jacker bees or whatever they are called. It was like, "oh yeah by the way there are these bees that kill and happen to be right here where I need them" That being said there are some good scenes of action and suspense. I wish she drew out some of the action scenes more and I would have liked more description when she wrote the final battle. Other than those few gripes the book was good. I like her world setting. I would like to see an antagonist be a person for the protagonist and not just ideology of big brother, but thats just me. Overall I highly recommend.

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    K. Vlasov Indiana 09-08-10
    K. Vlasov Indiana 09-08-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the narrator"

    Some reviewers complained about the narration, but I really enjoyed it. I thought I recognized the voice, and then realized that it's one of my favorite actors from Law and Order!

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    Edward West Point, NY, United States 09-04-10
    Edward West Point, NY, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Addictive and thought-provoking"

    In two weeks, I listened to all three Hunger Games books. They are creative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and obviously addictive. I thought the first two were especially exceptional. Based on the concept and violence involved, they may not be appropriate for pre-teens.

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    Alessandra South Portland, ME, United States 09-04-10
    Alessandra South Portland, ME, United States 09-04-10
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    "Amazing"

    I originally shied away from this book because of the violence. I normally don't read that. This book was violent, so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 12. But this book was so captivating I could not put it down from start to finish. Then I rushed to the nearest bookstore to purchase the sequel (which is just as amazing). I highly recommend it, even if the description doesn't suit you.

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    Jodi 08-31-10
    Jodi 08-31-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Did NOT want to read this. When I kept hearing more great things I decided to get it. The t hought of reading a book about people killing each other put me off but it was very well done and it was not gorey at all. Not detailed in how people die. Great book.

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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 08-29-10
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 08-29-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, reader could have been better"

    I read this book because I am a teacher librarian in a secondary school and "my girls" were starting to borrow it. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy listening to it, except for the reader. Her voice was too old for a teenage girl. I could get used to that, but it annoyed me whenever she read, "she said", "said he", etc for she always placed a pause just before that. But as I said before, the story was good and I am looking forward to listening to the next two books to see what happens!

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    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-25-10
    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-25-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A Different Time and Place"

    I was taken to a different time and place, but the author made the setting believable and filled with real people. The time and place were hard, but people did what they needed to do to survive. I thought there was good character development and they fit right in to the environment. I enjoyed the adventure.

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    Jennifer Stone 08-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Fabulous story... horrible narrator"

    I love, love, loved reading the book and was so looking forward to listening to it as well. The narrator chosen for this audio book sounds like she is 35... not 15 and speaks incredibly slowly. It dragged what was a fast-paced incredibly action-packed book to the level of a church sermon. I had to turn it off...

    So Sad.

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    Sandra San Marcos, TX, United States 08-23-10
    Sandra San Marcos, TX, United States 08-23-10
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    "Adults will like it, too!"

    Some might feel this book is for the young adult reader, but I, a "mature" adult, loved it and the sequel Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins does an excellent job with pacing and intrigue. Carolyn McCormick does an excellent job with narration. You will not be disappointed and will eagerly anticipate the third installment. Well worth the purchase.

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