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The Hunger Games Audiobook
The Hunger Games
Written by: 
Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: 
Carolyn McCormick
The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12
    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12
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    "Outstanding - Much Better Than the Film"

    Although I can't argue much with the casting of characters in the recent movie, the movie pales in comparison to the book. Hearing thoughts and background provides a richer experience that helps to crystallize what the author meant to say, or more correctly, meant to express. The tapestry of this story comes alive with imagined situations that give depth to the protagonist, the people she interacts with, and the scenario she is forced into.

    Strongly recommend this - it is a quick "can't put it down" listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-02-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "Just Wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    I LOVED IT


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat was because she was just great.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Cat and McCormick's voice was fantastic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I found myself smiling, laughing, and maybe watery eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read or listen to this book, you wont regret it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-27-11
    Thomas 09-27-11
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    "surprised!"

    A friend recommended this book and after reading the synopsis I wasn't convinced but decided to get it anyways based upon the high marks. WOW. The story held me captive and I could NOT stop listening until the very end. It's a keep you on the edge of your seat type of story and is easy to follow.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Binia 08-26-11
    Binia 08-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Somehow, it got me..."

    First the qualifier: I'm 30 yrs old, so not technically the intended audience.
    I initially purchased this series for my boyfriend during an Audible series sale, thinking it might be a fun sci-fi/gladiator type of story. That didn't work out, the boyfriend was immediately put off by the narrator and the premise, and completely gave up about an hour in. Not wanting to entirely waste the credits, I tried listening to it myself.
    I found Katniss to be a pretty annoying heroine - throughout the series she's increasingly whiny and self-obsessed and rarely has a clue. I rolled my eyes a lot and often wished she would just shut up and let us get on with the story. I guess this is the inescapable teenage element in what is, after all, a YA series.
    The narrator is also not my favorite. She gives most of the characters the same incredibly irritating drawl, which tended to make me think that reading these books instead of listening to them would have been more enjoyable.
    But enjoy them I did, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. There have even been moments where I found myself misty-eyed and wondering just how the author managed to draw me in despite my reservations about what I perceived as a somewhat flat world/cast/story.
    I am now in the middle of the last book. I have no regrets about spending 2 credits on this series. And although I don't think I would recommend this to my friends or family, I do appreciate the secret ingredient, whatever it is, that has kept me listening so far...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A. Martin 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting"

    Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting I'm not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this story was quite captivating from beginning to end. I will definitely look into reading some of this author's other books.

    2 of 3 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 2016
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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 8 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 10 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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi Rockefeller 04-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Try something different"

    If it hadn't have been for an Audible promotion, I probably wouldn't have purchased this book since it's both sci-fi and young adult - two things that don't interest me at all; however, I was quickly proven wrong.

    It wasn't long before I was attached to my headphones listening to this book whenever I could spare a few minutes. The narrator is able to distinguish between characters and makes for a wonderful listen and brings the nation of Panem to life. There were even a few scenes where I felt my eyes moisten, it was that moving.

    Although very well written for the intended YA audience, there were a few times that I became frustrated with the reading level... but then I remembered I am not the author's intended market and got over it quickly. Worth the listen.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping story"

    Wow- wanted to listen in 1 straight shot, but needed to sleep in between. Very gripping story. there's a bit of YA silliness, but only a bit. got used to the narrator pretty quickly, although at the beginning she was enunciating so distinctly it sounded like she was addressing a very slow child.
    Overall the story was engrossing and I can't wait for the sequel. Would caution the squeamish that there's some pretty gruesome violence.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Thom
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    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.

    18 of 21 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    11 of 13 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    6 of 7 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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    12/6/08
    Overall
    "Exciting!"

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

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • m
    Pwllheli,, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
    Overall
    "Wrong narrator"

    Great story and ordinarily I would be looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3 but I have found the narrators style more and more annoying. She seems to place to much emphasis on phrases like 'he said' 'she said' this might be a fault of the writing but the narrator only makes it worse. Plus the narrator sounds to be in a very different age bracket to the people who feature in the story and this also makes her sound wrong. I

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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