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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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    Jessica 02-22-13
    Jessica 02-22-13
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    "Could Not Stand this Narrator"

    First I'd like to say that I have now read all 3 Hunger Games novels and loved them all. I had to read them on my kindle because I simply couldn't stand this narrator. Her voice absolutely grated on my nerves. I was only able to make it through 1 chapter before her babyish rendition of Katniss turned me off completely.

    35 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-17-12
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "FANTASTIC!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I wouldnt know, but it always is!!!!


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

    When they were both going to eat the berries...My heart was breaking for them,,,they practically drove these kids insane....so cruel!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many....I really loved the whole book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to....and if life was fair, I would have!!! lol


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, and am starting #2 now...but I wish they would have had a younger sounding narrator...even though Carolyn McCormick did a good job, performance would be 5 stars with a younger reader... I do recommend this series though...on to book 2, as soon as my tablet charges....lol

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12
    R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Ray Campbell

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    "From Hunger - Games"

    This is a work aimed at a teen audience written with limited vocabulary and short sentences. At first the rhythm reminded me of Hemingway, but it is not particularly sophisticated. The story is a Handmaid’s Tale style world wherein villages of the empire send tribute/sacrifices as reparation for an uprising that happened almost 80 years ago. The “Tributes” have to fight to the death on television. The game takes place in the woods while viewers send support and bet on the contestants. Very quick read. There are 2 sequels. They may be easy enough to read that it would be worth covering the series, but really, this is enough to know what it’s about and I’d like to go back to full sentences with grown up vocabulary.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-03-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Just OK"

    Like a number of previous reviewers, I picked-up this book because of the hype and because my 13 year old son was going to the movie. I also read the review in "Empire" and the ones that are available on this website. Why not, I thought? I guess I expected too much.
    The plot is a bit thin, but (to be fair) it might be setting the stage for books 2 and 3. I don't know that I liked book 1 enough to listen to the next two, so if that is the strategy, then I regret that it has probably failed on me. Not that the book is bad, but it is plainly written for a teen audience. I think it lacks depth. Perhaps this is because we only get one character's viewpoint, Katniss Everdeen, and that viewpoint is fairly naive (limited to her 16 years in one District).
    For all that, I can admit it was fairly fast paced and I found Haymitch to be an engaging character. I expect he might get more exposure in books 2 and 3, but I'm just guessing. Also, contrary to some of the reviews I read on this website, I thought the narrator was reasonable. It was a reading rather than a performance, but as far as readings go, I thought Ms McCormick did a more than serviceable job. Her 3 stars were earned. If I could have, 2.5 stars would be my honest assessment for the story and overall - that is, just OK.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Crawfordsville, IN, United States 09-01-09
    Becky Crawfordsville, IN, United States 09-01-09
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    "Wow!"

    I am completely impressed by the enjoyability of this book. I purchase several audiobooks a month to create a more tolerable commute to work; it wasn't enough for me, however, to reserve "The Hunger Games" just for my drive. I sat in my living room and listened it out until it was over. This is a crazy-good book that I'd recommend to everyone!

    32 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2016
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    "dont be fooled by positive reviews"

    if you go into this thinking its going to be epic tale u will be disappointed, its an "ok" story but nothing special,

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    bionichands washington, d.c. area 12-27-09
    bionichands washington, d.c. area 12-27-09 Member Since 2009

    procrastinator

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    "Good and entertaining book"

    I enjoyed the Hunger Games, but gave this book three stars instead of four, because its not without its flaws. Its a little simplistic at times, and I thought more of the book could have been dedicated to making the conflict in the arena more compelling. That part of the story was strangely lacking in my opinion.

    Some people complained about the narrator's voice. I personally thought she was perfect. Her affectations didn't bother me at all, and I thought fit the main character very well.

    Some reviewers have complained about the violence. All I can say to that is this violence is strictly PG-13. If you can't stomach the violence in this rather tame novel, then you should stick with the Disney channel. Its really not bad.

    Lastly, just wanted to add that I am 35 and enjoyed the book. Its not the most sophisticated thing I've ever read, but so what? Will probably check out the sequel when I get a chance.

    36 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Magikarp Salad 09-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Maybe if I was still a teenager..."

    Don't get me wrong - I like plenty of books aimed at people younger than myself - Ender's Game, the Wheel of Time series, the Bartimaeus books, the Discworld books, etc. - but this one has the same teen-love-story feel that I couldn't connect with in the Twilight series either (I only made it through book one in that series also).

    I know some of you will hit the "unhelpful" button just because I don't love Katniss (or Isabella) or the many strapping young gentlemen they're involved with. But please, I'm not saying this is crap - I'm just saying that it's not for me - and probably won't be for other men in their mid 30s who like things like...the Song of Ice and Fire series, for instance - that's all :)

    25 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 02-15-10
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 02-15-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Youthful reading"

    Hunger games is a book about survival much like the survivor series on tv, but you don't get voted off, you get killed off. There are coalitions and deals made between contestants but in the end only one survivor allowed. There is a love story involved, sort of anyway but it did not ring true to me. I really did not like the ending and the degree of cruelty in the game did not make it fun for me. I think younger readers will like it more than me. I am seventy though and somewhat jaded.

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    Joseph Alliance, OH, United States 10-20-11
    Joseph Alliance, OH, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Mixed feelings about this book."

    I WANT to tell you this story a bit too feeble. I WANT to tell you the narrator, while not the worst I've heard, was not good. I WANT to tell you the main character isn't all that likable of a person. I WANT to tell you your credit is better spent elsewhere. I want to say I did not like this book...but for whatever reason I can't. In looking back at how it kept my attention from beginning to end I can only say I WOULD recommend this book. Maybe it would have been better for me if I read it rather than listening to the narrator's interpretation. If you like fast paced plot lines that are very linear and want to just sit and be entertained this would be a good book to turn to.

    22 of 30 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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