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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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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 10-21-10
    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 10-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy to get into"

    I need audiobooks that are gripping from the start, and this series was. I really enjoyed it. Great escapism fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-20-10
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining tale"

    Especially geared toward teen readers. Captivating tale about a futuristic radical society with annual gladiator type fighting to the death games for teens. Entertaining fiction but a bit predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10-13-10
    10-13-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    A must read!!! Very engaging, I couldn't put the book down! And I fell in love with Peeta!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A fun read"

    If you go into it looking for what it is (light, entertaining), you will find it. I enjoyed it and went on to listen to the full trilogy. (The second one is the weakest.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Gold Coast, Australia 10-12-10
    Michelle Gold Coast, Australia 10-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Crazy not to read it"

    I LOVED IT.

    Note: I thought this was a kids book? I wouldn't really think a book about kids killing each other was suitable for children. Teenagers I guess is ok. I don't have kids..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Pasadena, CA, United States 10-10-10
    Kevin Pasadena, CA, United States 10-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "teen novel"

    I would imagine this book would apepal to a young teen more than it did to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leticia West Covina, CA, United States 10-10-10
    Leticia West Covina, CA, United States 10-10-10
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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    The emotional rollercoaster you are put on from start to finish was so beautifully done! I truly enjoyed the story and could not wait to listen to book 2 and 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jenna modesto, CA, United States 10-09-10
    jenna modesto, CA, United States 10-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbelievable....I wanted more!"

    As soon as I was done listening to this book, I started listening again. The only other book I have ever done this with was Memoirs of a Geisha (totally different book, I know). This book was so well crafted. The story was exciting, intriguing and had me giggling like a young girl. I loved the strategy and since I listen on my commute to work, hated when my drive ended and I had to turn it off. I cannot recommend this book more. Awesome!! A must listen. Carolyn McCormick is the perfect narrator to give Katnis grit and mimic Effie perfectly. I cannot wait to download the others now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey New Port Richey, FL 09-30-10
    Geoffrey New Port Richey, FL 09-30-10
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    "read and maybe you will get some insight."

    I don't rate books that often, yet I listen to 3 per month for 7 years. I base a lot of my downloads on these reviews and books others rate as good, bad or otherwise and felt it necessary to write something to help out. Here are a few that I didn't rate that may give you insight to my taste: Twilight - horriffic. Shadow Divers - All time favorite. Walk in the Woods - FUNNY and interesting. 1984 - slow but very thought provoking. Catch 22 - best narrated book on this site and FUNNY!! Dirty Job - second best narrated and FUNNY. Life of Pi - slow at first and didn't finish it for a year, second try LOVED it, stick it out and you will be rewarded. Ghost Soldiers - I found myself tearing up and wanting to cheer at the end. 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour - made me mad but a very good book. Matterhorn - good, but not the best war book. Hunger Games - very suprisingly entertaining. I reccomend it if you think like I do on the above list. It is NOT like the crap in the Twilight series (so far). I just downloaded the second book before finishing the first of this series. let me know if this helps you out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Charlotte, NC, United States 09-29-10
    Heidi Charlotte, NC, United States 09-29-10
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    "WOW!"

    I am so glad I found this book after the series was complete. I couldn't imagine waiting a year for the next installment. Collins words read by McCormick drew me in immediately and I was surprised by the emotional reaction I had to the book. Although a "teen" book, it deals with very adult subject matter. Downloading the 2nd and 3rd installments now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Thom
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    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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    9 of 10 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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
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    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bella
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "Surprisingly I actually preferred the movie!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    Probably not-I loved the book itself but I absolutely hated Carolyn McCormicks narration,it really grated on my ears and brain and made it hard work to listen to.Luckily I downloaded this on a Kindle Unlimited trial and did not actually pay for it.If I had I would most probably have asked for a refund.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything about the story itself.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing ,she is a narrator I am pretty sure I will try to avoid.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No -maybe with a different narrator I might.


    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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 6 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.

    6 of 8 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

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