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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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    Patricia Sterling, VA, United States 11-15-10
    Patricia Sterling, VA, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating story"

    I suppose I didn't expect a young adult series to deal with the realities of war and oppression in such a realistic way. I totally bought into the story and identified with the main characters and eagerly moved on to the rest of the series. Narrator did a wonderful job.

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    Monica 11-14-10
    Monica 11-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "3 books needed"

    Be prepared to buy all 3 books. Read them sequentially.

    I found the premise good, the story interesting -- a PG version of something like "Battle Royale" (Japanese film). Interesting characters who are developed, if you read the trilogy. Content is certainly aimed at a young audience, but still good enough for adults.

    The interview with the author at the end of book 3 is interesting for the literary-minded folks.


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    Alex Hessle, United Kingdom 11-14-10
    Alex Hessle, United Kingdom 11-14-10
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    "Hungry for more?"

    This is an intelligent, well-written novel set in a clearly devised dystopian future. There are clear similarities with 'Battle Royale' but the American setting is, perhaps, more easily recognisable to a Western audience. Characters and clearly drawn and, while not always a comfortable listen, it is enjoyable and thought-provoking. The narration and character voice created work well.

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    Francine CROTON ON HUDSON, NY, United States 11-13-10
    Francine CROTON ON HUDSON, NY, United States 11-13-10
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
    The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
    The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
    Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
    Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!

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    Heather Festus, MO 11-11-10
    Heather Festus, MO 11-11-10 Member Since 2014

    I like fantasy type books that almost seem to blur the lines of fantasy and reality.

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    "A surprising delight"

    I bought this book after seeing that it was on sale and also had good reviews. I'm glad I did. The book made me tense up at times, at others I wanted to cry. I felt emotions for the characters and the story kept my interest through out the entire book. It left me wanting more. Needless to say, I purchased the second book of the trilogy.

    There were only a few things missing in it that prevented it from giving 5 stars. The characters didn't pop out at me as much as I would have liked and I found myself making up most of their features. (this could have been due to me missing out on parts due to interruptions at home). Also, the narrator was odd. She sounded angry and sharp at parts that I thought would sound better said in a less forcefull way. Still, I got used to her tone and it was only a slight disruption in the story.

    Overall a good book to listen to. I would recommend.

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    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
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    "Adults should read this book!"

    My teenager convinced me to read this book because she was reading it in class, and I am so glad she did. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The author is a great storyteller. It is sad and exciting and gripping. the story of a girl trying to survive against all odds being against her. The characters grab your imagination and hold on. I recommend this book to all adults, its not just and adolescent story.

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    L. Knowles 11-04-10
    L. Knowles 11-04-10

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    "A wonderful creative book"

    Such an interesting morality tale, filled with description, tragedy and characters. This is the best book in the series. I didn't realize it was juvenile fiction, and it really didn't matter. This is a book that is entertaining for adults. I thought the narration was wonderful, and the characters realistic and sufficiently complex. There is enough fantasy in this to be interesting to those who like to read stories that are "other worldly" but it is not a true fantasy, so those who like active drama will like it too.

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    Sam Azle, Texas 11-03-10
    Sam Azle, Texas 11-03-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Listen"

    After doing a little research to find a book a little more intellectually challenging for my 12 year old son I settled on The Hunger Games. I wanted to read the book with him, but he lives 200 miles away with his mother, so I dropped the credit here on Audible and listened on my commute to work. The book is obviously geared towards a younger crowd than this 43 year old, but let me tell you....I couldn't get enough! I really looked forward to my hour long commute so that I could find out what happened next. Highly recommend. And my son? He had already finished and was 3/4 of the way through the sequel Catching Fire before I finished The Hunger Games! We will definetely be discussing all three books in the series.

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    Chicke Tampa, FL, United States 11-01-10
    Chicke Tampa, FL, United States 11-01-10
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    "Don't normally like this genre, but LOVED this"

    What a fascinating story of life in the future imitating art - reality TV that is. I've never been attracted to reality TV shows, but this story shows how that fascination can go totally awry when integrated into a greedy government that exhibits maximum control over its subjects.

    Katniss is strong and heroic and utterly human. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

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    Rusty 11-01-10
    Rusty 11-01-10
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    "Gratuitous violence distracts from good writing"

    There are very few books that I wished I hadn't read, but this series falls into that category.

    I'll try to make this short, and what I wished someone had told me before I started book one. I was uneasy with the plot line of kids killing other kids for the entertainment of a debauched population, but I hoped that the violence would be PG since this was a teen book. Not the case. If you like constant graphic gratuitous violence, you'll love this! The mutilations and deaths start right away, and build and build throughout the series. By book three everyone is getting shot and burned and beaten and tortured and killed. Awesome!

    The main character is self-centered and emotionally stunted and does not develop at all in the course of the books. I'm embarrassed that I kept reading to find out what happened. Really not worth it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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