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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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    A.K. 12-01-12
    A.K. 12-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Page Turner!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The words of Collins mixed with the smokey expertise of McCormick made for an unparalleled match.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Perhaps the most striking part about the book seems to be that with Collin's brilliant use of foreshadowing and other narrative techniques: no moment is less memorable than the next.


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

    I could not imagine Catnip's voice being narrated by anyone else.


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

    The book made me addicted to the story. I had to know what happens next.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12
    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12 Member Since 2016
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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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    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    2/4/13
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    "The Hunger Games"

    An absolutely amazing listen, kept me glued to it and i couldnt stop listening, amazing narration, a must listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wales
    2/3/13
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    "Excellent"

    To begin with I was not sure about the narrator but then got right into the swing of things and was unable to put my ipod down!! Ms Collins has a talent for ramping up the tension and then even though you know something is going to happen it is still shocking when it does!! Before I had finished Hunger Games I booked the next in the series......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    Fareham, United Kingdom
    1/28/13
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    "Awful Narrator"

    I bought this audio book as I had been told that it was a really good story. Unfortunately, I cannot bring myself to listen to the book as the narrator sounds far too old to be playing a sixteen year old girl. Her voice is so annoying I can' t get beyond the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Isleworth, United Kingdom
    1/25/13
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    "Great storyline, although slightly childish prose."

    I really enjoyed the general storyline, but did feel that some of the characters were lacking depth. The way the author told the story was in very childish language, but then I guess this is really a childrens' book and I shouldn't really expect more. Once I got over myself and got used to the narration, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn't wait to listen to the rest of the story (and it was way better than the film).



    This can probably be described as my guilty pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Leamside, United Kingdom
    1/18/13
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    "Nice Audiobook."

    Decided to write my first review in praise of the narrator. I see that she is maybe not everyones cup of tea but I thought she was brilliant. Kind of felt obliged to defend her by throwing in my opinion, for what its worth.



    Great book, but an audiobook has that extra dimension of the narrator being responsible for delivering sufficient energy and enthusiasm to communicate the text. She certainly is fully committed to reading the story and differentiates between action, plot and the characters muddles musings pretty well. Anyone who listens to a lot of these things will have had a book where the narrator sounds like he might be about to nod off. Nothing like that here.



    I have no problem with her doing the male charcters voices and I think she does really well. In fact I don't understand any criticisms of that. I have heard many an audiobook where the male reader has read every female character in the style of a Little Britian sketch. Half the time I expect the paragraph to end with 'I'm a lady'



    Anyway. enjoyed the book and the way it was narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Frater
    Cheshire England
    1/6/13
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    "Not for me"

    I got this on the recommendation of friends at work and although I listened to it and overall quite enjoyed ,it was spoilt for me by the subject matter which I found somewhat distasteful. Children killing children just didn't sit quite right with me but if that isn't a problem for you and you like fantasy then you will probably enjoy it but I personally only found it ok and have no wish to read the rest in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Excellent Story"

    I was inspired to listen to this because my friend, who had read all three books, asked me to accompany her to the cinema to see the film. The audiobook has not disappointed. It is a very well written story, which has plenty of imagination and fantasy without going completely overboard. The author describes everything in such detail that you can really picture it in your mind's eye and the narrator is excellent. I would thoroughly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia Brown
    12/28/12
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    "Bit weird"

    I enjoyed the book and got to the end, but the story is a bit weird. I am not sure what all the hype was about. The narrator wasn't great as I find it hard to listen to American accents. But... saying that I will be listening to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Incredible and moving, best book listened all year"

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    This book ticked all the boxes and despite the price it was definitly worth listening to. I couln't drag myself away from such a moving story and my only regret was it not being long enough. The complex emotional story of Katniss and the Capital brought tears to my eyes as I listened. The depth of the plot is appealing to all audiences and both genders.

    Already brought the next two books in the series and buying the DVD tommorow

    recommend to anyone with a love of action and drama

    What a fantastic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anich
    Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
    12/26/12
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    "Different and Dynamic."

    As everyone was talking about this I wanted to read it for myself. Excellent! Different and dynamic. Thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the book and can't wait to now see the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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