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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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    Donna A Massachusetts 04-02-11
    Donna A Massachusetts 04-02-11 Member Since 2008

    DJA

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    "Well Written"

    All though the book was written for young adults it was a great book written about a very sad futuristic dystopia United States call Panem, where 24 young teenagers are pitted against each other while the world watches. The story is told thought the eyes of Katniss and her participation in The Hunger Games.

    Onto book 2

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peter Houten, Netherlands 11-27-10
    peter Houten, Netherlands 11-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "wonderful and truthful"

    This novel is a description of a society that unfortunately is not so hard to imagine to come about anymore. The characters come across as believable and it makes you think about the end of the roman empire, where some humans, quite explicitly, just had to die for the enjoyment of others.Combine this with mass media, modern technology and boundless power differences and shiver at the thought.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. boulder creek, ca 11-12-10
    G. boulder creek, ca 11-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "What was all the fuzz about?"

    I was pretty disappointed with THE HUNGER GAMES. For example, there was so much anticipation as to where the children would be sent for the games, but very sparse description once they were there. And for being Hunger games, they were never really so. You never got the idea they were suffering, it was rather ho-hum. This pretty much sums up my complaint of the book, a building up of suspense and a general letdown upon delivery. It's sad because there's a lot of potential here, but an uninteresting story. You get the idea that there's a coming of age, romantic interlude, but it's impossible to believe any of the characters actually have any feelings! If you want a good post-apocalyptic story about children participating in reality games gone too far, go for THE LONG WALK, an earlier work by Stephen King, on par with the great Orwell!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09
    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best I've ever listened too!"

    For someone who loves romance and girly things I took a chance on this from a review made by Stephenie Meyer. I am so happy I did. This was absolutely brilliant. Collins discreptions help you imagine you are right there in the story. The story itself is so unique and fast paced you finish wondering how you got through it so fast. I even started giving this book out for gifts and talked my husband into listening. It is such a great story and I cannot wait to finish the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Llizzzie KaohsiungChina 04-11-09
    Llizzzie KaohsiungChina 04-11-09
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    "My favorite book in the whole world!"

    The hunger games is perfect in every way. I love the fact that the author uses a girl to be the main character. Katniss Everdeen has everything it takes to be a heroine, she's brave, smart, intelligent, courageous...... But she also has her weakness. How could she kill a boy that told her he loved her and gave her bread when she was poor, hungry and desperate? She has to, cause there is only one person that can survive the hunger games. Or would she rather sacrifice her life for Peeta?

    There was of course, some romance in the book, but not the kind you would find it unreal or discusting. In the country of complete dictatorship, what would happen if Katniss did save Peeta? Would they live happily ever after just like in fairy tales? Or would they just risk there life into more danger than ever?

    The story really did give me some deep thoughts. You would realize that there are so much tough and difficult choices you need to make in life. The only way to survive is to fight, be cruel and cold-blooded, or is it? I think this story is better for teenagers like us cause this is the time when we're struggling the find the ture meaning of life.

    I love this book very much. I really hope you can enjoy this book as well as I did.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi West Jordan, UT, USA 12-16-08
    Brandi West Jordan, UT, USA 12-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Best young adult book of the year."

    I picked this book up at the book store and read it within a few hours. I couldn't put it down and loved every part of it except for the last page. That page informed me that I would have to wait to find out what happens to Katniss.
    This book is action pack with a great romance too. But the two best things about this book are the questions about society that it raises and the best lead female character that I can name. Katniss is a hero and for a change the female is the center of the book and not a supporting character. When I say the central character I mean a strong person with true problems to solve not worrying about what she will wear or the superfical. She is in control of her destiny and not waiting for Prince Charming to come save her. I downloaded this book and have already listened to it twice. I also have past this book off to six other people who all have loved it too. I can not recommend it enough.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Sarris 12-07-08

    addicted to audio, all genres except romance

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    "Running Man meets Handmaid's Tale"

    This was wonderful, and I did not want it to end. When a book is really good, there isnt too much you can say, other than- GET IT!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Nashville, TN, USA 10-30-08
    Katherine Nashville, TN, USA 10-30-08
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    "Captivating"

    I was also looking for a good read after finishing the Twilight series and chose this book on the recommendation of Stephanie Meyer.

    I don't have a lot of time anymore to devote to listening to audio books since I moved and significantly shortened my commute to work, but I used every spare minute in the car to listen to this audio book. It even motivated me to spend more time at the gym to allow me an uninterrupted hour to listen.

    This book was absolutely captivating. The author's sense of immediacy was unparalleled. I am an extensive reader and never before have I so desperately felt for a character. I felt as if she could literally die at any minute and it keep me hungering to know what happened next and also kept me guessing right up until the end. The character development is top-notch. You will not be disappointed.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10
    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great for every audience"

    While it may be a young adult book, I found that it is the type of book that can appeal to any older age group. It's an easy read, but it pulls you in and leaves a distinct impression. Suzanne Collins has an amazing writing style that makes the Capitol and Districts themselves become characters in the book with distinct personalities... it's fascinating, as well as eerie at times. I listened to this book while taking an 8 hour drive and found myself taking the long way around my destination just to listen to more. And to top it all off, the narrator is perfect for the tone of the book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Smithville, TN, United States 09-15-09
    Tammy Smithville, TN, United States 09-15-09
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    "Suprising"

    I was pleasantly surprised at how well I liked this story. A friend of mine has been after me for months to read it so I downloaded it instead. Once the book got going, I really got into it. Connected with the characters very well. The story has a way of pulling you in without realizing it actually. Very good. Has a bit of a slow start for me but ended up liking it very much. Now Ive gotta get part 2 to finish the story. YAY! Very good story. :)

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Prosecco
    11/19/12
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    "Gripping from start to finish...."

    One of those books that you just don't want to end....so glad there are another two books in the series to escape into!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Ormiston, United Kingdom
    10/29/12
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    "Great story, badly read."

    This was a book club choice, and I resented the idea of being forced to read "young adult" novels in my precious reading time, so downloaded the audiobook to listen to while driving. The story is hugely enjoyable, if derivative. The reader is just all wrong - a huge casting mistake, and a constant irritation. Her voice is too "old" for the teenage narrator, she can't do a male voice that isn't gratingly unconvincing, and she just reads too darn slowly. I would love to listen to the next two books, but I can't tolerate her for another 25 hours of my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Sandy, United Kingdom
    10/27/12
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    "The Hunger Games"

    I got caught up with all the hype about this book/film. Foolishly didn't read the reviews before buying the audiobook. I found the whole concept of the story totally sickening so could not bring myself to listern to it past the first chapter.



    Not my cup of tea AT all.

    I won't be making that mistake again!!!

    BTW~ I wouldn't give it any stars but that option does not seem to be available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Mckay
    England
    10/24/12
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    "Brilliant"

    Downloaded this after seeing the film to fill in some of the blanks. The book is 100x better than the movie, I was instantly hooked and upgraded my membership so I could download all 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
    10/23/12
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    "Impressed"

    I was recommended this book by my daughter, it is not the type of book i normally enjoy, well i took the plunge and so glad i did. I normally limit myself to listening to books while i'm out walking or down the gym (to encourage my fitness) However i listened to this book continuously for two days and completed it. So glad that i have the other two to look forward too, but i will have to limit my listening so i can enjoy them over a longer period of time...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judi
    United Kingdom
    10/19/12
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    "Brilliant!"

    What a great book - my 16 year old daughter raved about this series, and persuaded me to read/listen to it! I am completely hooked and can't wait for the next one, which I've just purchased!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iwo
    hammersmith, United Kingdom
    10/16/12
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    "Nice"

    Have to say the first was the best but this was superb and so much fun seeing every unfold the way it did, some strong emotions come out and it really does make you cry, but still so so good, and by this third book I am really loving and falling in love with Carolyn's voice lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Corkhill
    England
    10/15/12
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    "Narrater is rubbish"

    I would give this book 5 stars if the narrator was more to my taste. As it was, I found the voice grating and annoying. Particularly the pronounciations.

    Good story, bit predicatble at times but I enjoyed the ride.. Will read the other books as there are no other versions available with a preferable voice. Hopefully my inner voice will satisfy me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    10/9/12
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    "fantasy"

    I dont usually enjoy fantasy book but this was an exception. The whole world in which it takes place was full of detail and very well described. The characters too were deep. I really enjoyed this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    10/5/12
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    "Fantastic story shame about narrator"

    This story has just about everything you'd want, adventure, excitement, suspense, danger & blossoming love triangle. The story is often fast going though it has its slower moments. Though the narrator makes everything feel slow & takes some getting use to.



    Her dulsid tone at 1st almost made this audio book unbareable. As I'd heard so much praise for the book I decided to keep listening & by the end of the 1st part of this audio book I had become accustomed to her voice. If you can over come her voice then this is a fantastic audio book & you won't want to stop listening.



    The author Suzanne Collins really draws you in & has you enthralled wanting to know what will become of Katniss & Peeta. Suzanne takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions many bleak but there's always a undertone of hope. The lighter & slighter happier moments are small & brief but shine brightly in the hash world that has been created.



    I would & have recomened this book to friends & family. I enjoyed it greatly & have even listened to the 2nd book in the triology & can't wait to download the 3rd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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