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  • The Hunger Games: Special Edition

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 373

Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins! 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 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

  • By Carly Jurica on 11-02-18

Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

The Hunger Games trilogy has been important to me ever since the first movie came out. I loved the symbolism, the storytelling, the protagonist, and the metaphor for war. I love that the mental health impacts of oppression, traumatic loss, parental mental illness, and war are represented in a way that neither glosses over psychological and functional imparements nor turns mental illness into a plot device. I love the gender role flipping. And I love that such a hard story is written in a way that is compelling, exciting, brutal, and digestible for young and old alike.

But when I bought the audiobook on sale a little while back, I was deeply disappointed. In this medium, the narrator can make or break the story, and the narrator they chose for the trilogy was all wrong for a trilogy that immerses readers so deeply inside of Katniss’s mind. Tatiana Maslany, however, is splendid. I know it was her first time narrating, and voice acting is so different from screen acting, but other than being a bit too breathy at times, I loved every minute. It was like rediscovering the joy of the Hunger Games all over again. I’m ten years older, but this story never gets old for me. It’s so important. I hope they bring Tatiana back to narrate the rest of the trilogy (hint hint).

I also enjoyed the extras. One was a short interview with Tatiana, included after the final chapter, in which she answers questions about what the Hunger Games has meant to her and her experience narrating the first book. The other extra is a PDF downloadable from your library here on Audible’s website, which includes the transcripts of two interviews—one with Suzanne Collins done to celebrate ten years, and the second a forum with Suzanne and Walter Dean Meyers about the importance of writing war stories suitable for children and youth. The extras may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved them.

Thank you to everyone who made this special edition happen. And, um... about the next two books... pretty pretty please?

82 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,734

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Whovian on 08-31-18

Great YA Fantasy With A Great Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book and its two sequels are an absolute pleasure to listen to. The world is wonderfully built, the magic system is unique, the characters are interesting, the plot is well-structured, the antagonist is amazing, and the narration is perfect. I really couldn’t ask for anything else.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,967

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Amazing story, but the narrator is all wrong.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I read this trilogy at least once a year because it is my absolute favorite. A complex female lead, an intelligent sociopolitical allegory woven into the story, accurate depictions of mental illness... I can’t say enough about how much I love this trilogy. Recently, I’ve started listening to audiobooks to pass the long commutes I have to make on a regular basis, so when this one went on sale, I jumped on it. I still love the story, but the narrator doesn’t fit. She’s a good narrator, just not for this story. It’s a first person POV of a sixteen year old girl at the center of a heavy and gruesome story, yet the narrator sounds like a mom reading a bedtime story to a little kid. It’s all wrong, and I’m incredibly disappointed.

If Audible ever re-records these with a more appropriate narrator, I’ll buy them all. Until then, I’m sticking with my kindle versions.