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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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    jaime 04-10-12
    jaime 04-10-12
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    "fun, but drawn out."
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its up top, and a fun listen, but not the best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Collins? Why or why not?

    maybe.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She's got a good voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was fun and it hooked me, but past the three quarters period, it took FOR EVER to finish. I really lost interest near the end.

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    reds 04-10-12
    reds 04-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    Ok, I wanted to know what all they hype was about so I reluctantly downloaded "The Hunger Games". I went in with a bad attitude just knowing I would not enjoy but to my surprise I was glued to it from the first page. I have never found myself listening to a book so fast. It is a MUST for ALL ages. I am in my 60's and enjoyed every chapter. I thought it might be a "Harry Potter" type read but it was definetly not. GET IT, LISTEN TO IT, and ENJOY. Can't wait to download the next book. Did not want it to end!

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    Chisty orland, ME, United States 04-10-12
    Chisty orland, ME, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Hunger Games Trilogy"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I could identify with the characters like I knew them personally. That is how well they were introduced to the reader.


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

    Any Tom Clancy or John Grisham novels, What I believe our Government is not far from in reality. Even though it is fictionalized


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

    No I have not. With that said I do look forward to other works she has done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    BOTH


    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy is a must read just absolutely phenomenal. So good I read the books then listened to the audio versions of all three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beradon WI, United States 04-09-12
    Beradon WI, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2016

    Beradon

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    "Easy listen, different concept, younger audience"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I felt that the characters in Hunger Games were well thought out and well developed, they made sense in their surroundings and drew from their experiences in order to accomplish those tasks with which they found themselves facing. They were personable and it was easy to identify with them.I also appreciated the forethought put into the games themselves and how they were designed, and indeed the entire concept, which before this series was new to me. It was the first truly 'gritty' teen novel I had experienced. A far cry above the standard 'twilight' era novels.


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

    I've heard that the series is similar to one called Battle Royale, but unfortunately I have not yet read it. From the interviews I've read, it appears that Suzanne Collins was unfamiliar with the book before she wrote hers as it was a foreign novel.


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

    No I had not, but she did an exemplary job portraying the different characters.


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

    When Katniss 'buried' Rue with the flowers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Asli Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Asli Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 04-09-12
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    "Impressive"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    No. So many books to read so little time...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would make Peeta more than just a romantic boy. He seemed extra week on the movie, it was hard to defend him to my friends who have not read the books yet.


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

    Haymitch


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Altough it is a typical post apocaliptic story, the way the author described Katniss's feelings was so realistic, I felt I was living the story with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mambie San Fernando, CA, United States 04-08-12
    Mambie San Fernando, CA, United States 04-08-12
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    "Fun story with a lot of layers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The story was an interesting take on a passive population's view of what is entertainment. Totalitarianism, love, heart break, loss, sacrifice, despair, oppression, freedom, rebellion, honor... it's all in there if you want to find it, but if you aren't then just sit back and enjoy the fast paced ride.


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    Susan LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-08-12
    Susan LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-08-12

    susanjl bad stupi, and an insult to goo writers

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    "Worst Thing I've ever heard"
    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    How can the author have such advanced events, such as having meals pop up, things more than modern, and then have these children come from coal miners...no coal is needed even now, but much less in this future book. I made it to the 7th chapter thinking maybe I missed something! Did not, my book club picked this, what a badly written book, bad grammar, bad situation, non sequitar...I could go on . If I could rate this a zero, I would!


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

    YES


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Okay


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I would like my credit back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Monroe, WA, United States 04-08-12
    Brett Monroe, WA, United States 04-08-12
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    "Wonderful..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Keeps you engaged and wanting more. You find yourself emotionally wrapped up with the other characters and their fates. I highly recommend this audible book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are a few funny moments but I have to admit I cryed when Rue was killed... the way she was compared to Prim her sister and then the way she sang to her as she passed in her lap.


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    jayda Jacksonville, FL, United States 04-08-12
    jayda Jacksonville, FL, United States 04-08-12
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    "LOVE IT!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    the story/author


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

    all of it


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

    the diffrent voices she made for each person


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

    THE BEST BOOK/MOVIE IN THE WORLD!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    you should buy this book because it is awesome!!!! {this comming from and woman with children}

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 04-08-12
    Ashley 04-08-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Exciting!! I wish it was longer than a trilogy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the book, only listened through Audible.com. The author did a fantastic job. I wanted to listen and listen until there was nothing left!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sinna. He was so real against the other Capital people. He gave Katness someone real to hold on to when she was there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when the author read the scene where Katness tries to save Rue but cannot. Then the emotion she used to read the following scene where Katness covers Rue's body in flowers as a sign that The Capital cannot have control over her.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a great job portraying the emotions of the book. I appreciate her efforts to create voices of each person, but still ensure the listener knows that Kantess is relaying the story. Great work!

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