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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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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09 Member Since 2016
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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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    Oli 09-10-12
    Oli 09-10-12 Member Since 2016

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Great"

    Excellent book, loved everything about it. Story, characters, performance,... Even for people who don't like dystopian genre it's a very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Molly-o Seattle 08-22-12
    Molly-o Seattle 08-22-12 Member Since 2007

    English major. Love to read

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    "Just don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had taken the opportunity to make some comment through her characters about what this kind of brutality would do to children.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    I read all three books and was appalled at myself by the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With better words to speak


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Evan 04-20-12
    Evan 04-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "this series makes you want more."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    it's very addicting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think this series forces you to realize that the world we live in today.. isn't as bad as it could be, but still not as great as it should be. Bottom line is, we all need to have a mockingjay in our lives, and it comes in all different shapes and sizes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the arena, how it got my heart pacing with excitement.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment towards the end of the games when she held out the berries.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this book, you really need to, you won't regret it.. and I recommend reading it before watching the movie, if you've done the opposite, watch it again and check for differences.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    La El Cajon, CA, United States 11-17-11
    La El Cajon, CA, United States 11-17-11
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    "Amazing! Don't read at work."

    I'm actually at work right now as I write this. I wanted to warn you, if you get emotionally involved with your stories like I do, you might want to refrain from listening to it at work. My boss has looked back at me frequently as I squeak and whimper along.

    It's amazing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 11-10-11
    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    I bought this book for my tween child and decided to preview it for violence and sexual content. It was violent, for sure, but not in an overly gruesome way. The characters were quite chaste and the moral messages were strong.
    I didn't expect it to hold my interest, but I really couldn't put it down. If this book was being marketed to adults, I might not give it such high marks, because I found it a tad predictable. However, for younger people, it's perfect.

    3 of 5 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 05-21-12
    Anne 05-21-12
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    "Good story; Poor narrating"

    I don't know what the fuss is about. The plot is original, but it is definitely a young person's book. No sex, but lots and lots of violence. The characters all seemed fairly one dimensional, but that may be because I listened to this one rather than reading it so I was "pressed" into the narrator's interpretation. I thought she rendered Catniss into a whiny drama queen. Her delivery seemed to make everything "too too." When she was actually narrating - describing the scene - she was much less overly dramatic. It's when she is actually IN a particular voice, that she tends to become extreme in her delivery - almost as if she is straining to convey the "drama." It is distracting.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    brendanstallard 05-17-12

    Retired and retiring old Oirisher/Brit who has now escaped first to Atlanta, now living in Bourbon country in Kentucky.

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    "In a world of compromise, some don't."

    The Hunger Games has been a huge surprise to me, (a 62 yr old male.) On hearing the kids on twitter go nutz for it, I got bored, turned off and would have nothing to do with it. I loathe hype. I figured it had to be more of that ordure Potter.

    On reading the plot summary, I thought this'll be some political messaging only just hidden in the story. Y'all know how much I hate that.

    Well, I wuz wrong..completely.

    The Hunger Games is a rattling good story. Gore knocked down a tad, 'cos its fer kids, right? Doesn't hurt the tale, which belts along at a terrific pace. The only crit I could make was the lack of exposition in favour of action, which is non-stop. There are several brilliant scenes, which are wonderfully burnished by Carolyn McCormick's excellent reading.

    I've listened to it twice now, and will do so again. Book has to make a pretty strong impression for that to happen. I've now read the ebook, listened to the audible, and seen the film. The movie is an excellent rendition of the book. If you like this tale, go see.

    Please note, this review refers only to Book One, I will have different things to say about Books two and three.

    Great book, enjoy! You will need hankies at some points.



    brendan (atlanta)

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-23-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-23-10
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    "Riveting page turner for any age..."

    Just prior to this download, I had gone through a number of thick, weighty, descriptive books. This was recommended to me and I laughed -- it was for teens! But, I had a credit and gave it a shot and by 10 minutes into it, I was so glad I did. The pace is break-neck with never a dull moment. The setting is futuristic but Collins does not get buried in explanations of the world and it's differences from ours. So, really it could be anywhere, any time. The Characters were, at times, thin in their complexity, but this was written for a YA market as lets face it -- when you're a teenager, we're all a bit thin in complexity. The story is very well told, and at times even a bit harsh. When you stop and think about what's really going on, its a bit hard to stomach, but it's never over-the-top or graphic. I will be downloading the sequel today...

    4 of 7 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
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    "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
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    "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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