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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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    Katherine Van 08-02-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly recommended"

    This book is a futuristic novel, set in post-global warming North America. Getting over that, this is a gripping novel. I much prefer this narrator's interpretation of the different accents to those done by the author, Suzanne Collins, whose affected southern accents (see online videos) are painful and confusing. This is the only book yet during which I was in danger of driving off the road while listening. I think the audiobook is even better than the written book. It is young adult, and it is "light reading," but it is also creative and interesting--I highly recommend it. Not for young children--parents should preview it if they are considering it for their middle school or junior high-aged children.

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    Susan Blounts Creek, NC, United States 08-02-10
    Susan Blounts Creek, NC, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Listen for Young Adults & those of us 50+"

    When my Book Club (the vast majority of us are 50+) picked this book, I didn't know anything about it. I was a little dismayed when I saw it was classified as Young Adults and even more so when I read the summary. My fears were ungrounded.
    What a great listen! The premise is a little 'dark' and certainly there is a fair amount of violence, but I really enjoyed the characterization of the districts and the tributes. Plus the plot never went quite like I was expecting...
    The narrator does an excellent job of keeping all the players distinct in the narration. I understand there is a sequel and look forward to it

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    This Reader Seattle, WA 07-31-10
    This Reader Seattle, WA 07-31-10
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    "Borrows Plot and Lots of Ideas from Battle Royal"

    This was a good book, a fun and interesting listen, but the basic plot and a lot of the ideas were done about ten years ago in a Japanese book called Battle Royal that was later turned into a movie and a manga. Of the two, I found Battle Royal more enjoyable and plausible, but both are good. Ironically Battle Royal was considered controversial when it was first translated into English--now ten years later Hunger Games (which has almost the exact same plot about twenty four kids isolated in an arena and forced to fight to the death for a nations entertainment) is a hugely popular young adult book. (SPOILERS) Hmmn, thinking about it now, not only did both books have twenty four juveniles forced to fight to the death until only one survior remained while a nation watched through cameras mounted all around the arena, but in both books for the first time two contestants live--and in both books its a boy and a girl who are in love. I wonder if Collins ever read Battle Royal. Any way, I recommend this on audio, and I recomend anyone who liked this pick up the Battle Royal novel off of Amazon.

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    Sam El paso, TX, United States 07-29-10
    Sam El paso, TX, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A great book!"

    This was the first book i ever read that i had dreams about ! its a great story and really makes you appreciate the life we have in this time and it has a love story in the middle of life and death...Good Job Suzanne Collins !! I cant wait for the MOVIE!

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    LV 07-26-10
    LV 07-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A very pleasant surprise"

    I purchased this book because it was on sale and the story seemed interesting. It is probably one of the best books I've listened to all year. Well written, well narrated, with a good story and intriguing characters. Worth every penny and I enjoyed every second.

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    Arlea Hillsdale, MI, USA 07-10-10
    Arlea Hillsdale, MI, USA 07-10-10
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    "It Held Me Captive..."

    And I have recommended it to friends. I thought the narrator was very good, and the story line different from the usual. I listen to books while I work out, and I got in a lot more time at the gym listening to this book.

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    Bradley N. Orme VA 07-06-10
    Bradley N. Orme VA 07-06-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Didn't want to leave my car"

    I love to listen to audio books in the car - and this book made me want to stay in the car with the Engine running just to keep listening. The story line is compelling and never allows your interest to find out what happens next to waiver. I am downloading the sequel immediately to pick up on where the story goes. Suzanne Collins is a master of the cliffhanger, and has put together a post-modern classic worth the time and investment.

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    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 03-30-10
    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 03-30-10
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    "Impressive"

    I bought this audiobook with reservations. I saw a few people knock the recording for the reader's interpretation. I was instead impressed with Carolyn McCormick's use of her voice to distinguish the different characters. I thought it was one of the better audiobook reads.
    The story itself was compelling and thought-provoking. The characters were complex and interesting. Kudos to the author for a new spin on the gladiator games with enough intrigue that it seems original.

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    Claudia Temecula, CA, United States 03-18-10
    Claudia Temecula, CA, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I hunger for more!"

    What a great story: Adventure, action, survival,suspense,romance, and life lessons! A strong female character with intelligence and life skills serves as a wonderful role model. A story well-told!

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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 03-04-10
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Political Non Fiction"

    This is a young adult book that is written for any age interest. At first I was not sure I wanted to read it. I just came from reading some heavier subjects so it was quite different. However, I did stick with it because it was different, well told, easy to read and the narrator voice was Excellent. That makes such a difference. The story is lighthearted & futuristic and material for a nice movie. I think a wonderful book for young people. The girl is the lead and is of very strong character. It was just such an interesting story and so well done. Most importantly, I think, is that at various parts I made assumptions about what would happen next or in the future and every time I was wrong. This means the writing was creative, which it was.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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