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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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    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 9 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 2014
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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 9 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    brendanstallard 05-17-12
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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 6 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Beer 02-10-10
    Bruce Beer 02-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The hunger games"

    Excellent "read" - a real page turner. Difficult to break off to do other things like work and sleep!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Van Allen Arizona 11-27-09
    J. Van Allen Arizona 11-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I was in total need of a book that would keep my intrigue and have me wanting more. This book totally did it. Collins is such a great writer and is so descriptive. I'm currently listening to the 2nd book and love it as well. The narrator, is fantastic as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Shiloh, IL, USA 09-24-09
    Maggie Shiloh, IL, USA 09-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprisingly Good!"

    This is not a book I would normally read, but, wow! Sure, it's a story that has been done before, but most books are, aren't they? Ms. Collins writing is brilliant and refreshing. I inhaled "Catching fire" as well. Despite other reviews, I didn't have a problem with the narrator. I thought her performance added to the excitement of the story - and it is YA, after all. I don't see how anyone could not like this story - in a materialistic "me" world, it opens up your eyes to what is important.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lori O'Lin Houston, Texas United States 08-12-09
    Lori O'Lin Houston, Texas United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it because someone mentioned that it was a good read for those that enjoyed Twilight. I agree. I was not ready for the book to end, it grabbed me from the first chapter all the way until the end and kept me wanting more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 12-13-13
    AudioAddict 12-13-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "I never wanted to turn it off"

    STORY - (young adult suspense) I'm a real chicken when it comes to violence, so I've been shying away from this book because I feared it would be a teenaged version of The Gladiator. I finally gave in to the hype and listened to it, and I'm so glad I did. The violence is very "watered down," so I was totally okay with it. This was probably the hardest book to put down that I've heard so far. Great story, great characters, great action, blah, blah, blah...

    PERFORMANCE - Well done, though I agree with other reviewers who suggest that a younger-sounding voice would have been better for Katniss.

    OVERALL - Hunger Games is a great 5-star listen which will keep listeners of all ages on the edge of their seats.

    2 of 3 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.

    16 of 18 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.

    10 of 11 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!

    9 of 10 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 13 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.


    4 of 4 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.

    10 of 12 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.

    5 of 7 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.

    9 of 11 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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