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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 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 7 people found this review helpful

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