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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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    paul new fairfield, CT, United States 02-23-12
    paul new fairfield, CT, United States 02-23-12
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely and have.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Most certainly 1984, there is a definite


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Although not horrible, Ms. McCormick's voice was too old for the characters. Sometimes, when she was trying to sound like a young person it was almost silly. I got the impression that she was an older woman( 60's?) trying to sound like 12 -18 year old boys and girls.


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

    I wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised to find that this book is written for Teens. It is cruel and at times, borders on gruesome. It goes far beyond the surface and enters a psychological realm that I'm not sure teens would understand. If I were to give this to a child of mine to read, I would want to read it with him or her so that we could talk it out. I just feel some of the subject matter is too adult for younger teens and too deep for even adolescents.

    As a 37 year old woman, I absolutely loved it and was riveted!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-22-12
    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "could not stop it"

    This was an excellent book. From the story itself to the reading of it I give it all 5 stars. Once I started listening I could not turn it off. I finished it in a day and a half and am downloading the second book in the series as I type this review.
    I highly recommend to anyone of any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    erin 02-22-12
    erin 02-22-12

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    "great story.. not a great narrator"

    I feel like the other reviewers that said that Carolyn McCormick kind of "ruined it" for them. She overstates/over-enunciates every single word. If the character in the hunger games is a 17 year old girl, I don't understand why they didn't get someone closer to that age to read the story. It would have made a huge difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla 02-22-12
    Kayla 02-22-12
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    "Amazing. Could not turn it off."
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my second audio book but so far it is my favorite.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    The only other book I have listened to is The Host and it was an excellent read as well.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She did a great job with this one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its all about survival and not giving up.


    Any additional comments?

    To try to explain this book to someone it sounds like a killing morbid book but it was a great book about struggle, passion, and a strong will to survive and lift up others in the process. Kept me going the whole book. I had to start the next book right away. I only allow myself to listen to the books on my treadmill and with this book I found myself on there for an hour in no time at all and I could hardly wait for the next day so I could get on the treadmill again. Crazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    02-21-12
    02-21-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "I didn't want to stop listening"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise was intriguing and the dialogue compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No, I wanted it take as long as I could string it out.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to the sequels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lara 02-20-12
    Lara 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect Match"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, both because of the upcoming movie and the absolute skill that this story is performed, which greatly enhances an already brilliant story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss will always be my favourite character because of her incredible strength and determination, which are traits that sadly do not show up often in YA heroines. In my opinion she is a role model. She is


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where Katniss is kicking ass- but Katniss is pretty much badass and excellent in every scene. The emotional scenes were delicately written as well, and the futility of struggling to remain yourself in a kill or be killed environment was particularly poignant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I believe the line is


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour and buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie 02-20-12
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to teenagers but not to adults looking for a good read


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Given the way the story was written no big surprise.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Rue


    Do you think The Hunger Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, one boring book is enough


    Any additional comments?

    I had just finished listening to George RR Martins books and when I put this book on to listen to it felt like going from a college level class back to the 2nd grade. I felt Katniss was an extremely annoying drama queen and was rooting for her to get killed so I wouldn't have the listen to her whine anymore. I felt the book would have been better if it centered around the male lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry 02-20-12
    Barry 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "engaging story and performance"

    This was a great trilogy. The story is linear, without many distractions. You get into the action quickly. I will note that there are some gruesome scenes, but that does not take away from the story. The collection is very well written and the performance was great. I would recommend these to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Prime user 02-20-12
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    "Top Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This listen is an easy recommendation. Suzanne Collins' book easily goes beyond the teenage or pre-teen audience that it seems to be marketed to. At 44 years old and having children in the direct market, I wanted to try


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Primarily, McCormick doesn't turn the reader off with any hallow affects or try to make the story about her narration. In fact it is her ability to weave voice into the story in such an understated fashion that the listener can hear the Collins' characters developing and thoroughly enjoy the story without becoming turned off by the narration. McCormack's perfect enunciation and lack of pretense in her own purpose comes through so easily that the listner is able to comfortably allow her to bring each character to life in their own voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coredapple 02-20-12
    Coredapple 02-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    The story and narration were excellent! Because of this book, I got my Audible All Nighter badge. I couldn't stop until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. Bought the 2nd book soon after.

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  • 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    19 of 22 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!

    8 of 9 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.

    12 of 14 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.

    19 of 23 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!

    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.

    12 of 15 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!

    12 of 15 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
    London, United Kingdom
    4/12/12
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    "Great book, disappointing audiobook."

    Let me begin by saying that Suzanne Collins' novel is incredible! I really enjoyed reading the whole trilogy; however, my disappointment came when I purchased this audiobook for friends to listen to on a long car journey. The reader has a clear and strong voice and I'm sure is very suited to other texts, but not appropriate for The Hunger Games. She reads the text very slowly almost as if she is reading a recipe. It's incongruous with the pacy, first person, present tense narrative of the Hunger Games. There was just no drama or tension being developed in the way it was read. I do not want to sound overly critical of the reader, but as I said: disappointing.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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