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The Hunger Games Audiobook

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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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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    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 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 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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    R. Arden San Diego, CA USA 05-01-12
    R. Arden San Diego, CA USA 05-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow - that was painful"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I think I'm done with this series! By 3/r of the way through, I was cringing at Katniss' naivety, the drawn out, saccharine half-love scenes, and disappointed at the way characters just disappeared or died.


    Has The Hunger Games turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh yeah, no more pain for me. I read the wikipedia entries, just so I could see how the series progresses. It felt like too much was left on the editor's cutting-room floor.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was just ok - it was a bit nasally in my opinion, but that wasn't the worst part of the book. The book was.


    6 of 9 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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    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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  • Averil
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent series"

    Tried the audible version of the first book and was totally hooked; have now read the trilogy. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent easy listening."

    The Hunger Games is a perfect audio listen because it's an exciting story and very easy to stay captivated. Essentially it's a young persons story, but it still is sinister and dark enough for an older listener, its a similar feeling to Harry potter.

    I finished the hunger games Feeling very keen to hear the next book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becki
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Fantastic!"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book! It is shocking, brutal, emotional and best of all believable. I was gripped within the first half and hour and it's non-stop for there on in. Both my wife and I think this is one of our favourite ever books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Awesome trilogy"

    Couldnt stop listening to these books. They provided me with hours of gripping entertainment and each book left me wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    WEYMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Very good listen!"

    As a first time listener to audio books, I was surprised how hooked you can get listening. I have to say after listening, I watched the movie and was very disappointed, it seemed very short and makes me want to listen to other books to see what I have been missing. I will definetly listen to the other Hunger games audio books. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni
    STEYNING, United Kingdom
    12/15/12
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    "Fabulous story"

    I am considerably beyond my teenage years but I really enjoyed this story. Suzanne Collins is a master storyteller and I would recommend this audio book to anyone aged 15 and above. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Somerset
    12/14/12
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    "Hunger games brilliant."

    Hi iv just finished listening to this audio book. It has been playing every time iv had a spare half hour or more. Brilliant gripping drama. starts a bit slow maybe but still got me gripped. By part two I was totally addicted to it.

    Great drama for teens and adults alike well recomended!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    "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

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