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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.

Critic Reviews

"[ 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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Great audio book

Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Listening to this audio book was a memorable experience. I have not read the book, and I decided to listen to this performance after seeing the movie with my wife and teenage son. It's remarkable how close the book and movie are. Listening to the book helped to fill in details that were missing in the movie: Haymitch's history, District affiliations of each tribute, Mocking Jay pin, mutant dogs.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is a good fantasy. I think it appeals to a wide audience because it is an easy read/listen. I like the story line.

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

The audio performance is great. I love Carolyn's voice, it's beautiful for this story.

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

The twist that was presented by Peeta's love confession (and the response by Katniss) was probably the most moving part of the plot.

Any additional comments?

This audio book complements the text version and also the movie. If you like one, you'll like the other.

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  • Nicole
  • Richmond, VA, United States
  • 04-17-12

I now Understand the craze

If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

Good Damn Book

Any additional comments?

I didn't understand the hype of this book when the movie came out, but I have to say. I am now hooked. I will be seeing the movie as soon as possible. And I will be getting the 2nd book, after I see the 1st movie though.

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  • Ilana
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 04-17-12

These Games Will Win You Over

Our narrator Katniss is a sixteen-year-old with a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders. With her father lost to a mining accident, and her mother too depressed to care for her and her beloved little sister, she is the only one who can feed the family, which she does by hunting in the woods with bow and arrow. In this dystopic future, North America has become 'Panem' and under the strict regime there are harsh punishments for those who disobey the rules; theft is punishable by death, and insurgents get their tongues cut off and are forced to become servants in the Capitol, where the citizens are well fed and living pampered lives while the majority of the inhabitants of the eleven other districts are literally starving to death. Ever since a distant revolt by the people, the Capitol have held The Hunger Games as a yearly event designed to dissuade further insurgence by reminding the citizens of how expendable they are. To this end, it is broadcast live on television and is compulsory viewing for all. All young persons from ages twelve to eighteen are entered in a lottery, from which a male and female from each of the twelve districts are chosen as contestants, or Tributes. They are turned into media celebrities, then put in an arena where they must kill each other until the last standing Tribute is declared the victor. When Katninss' twelve-year-old sister Prim is picked as a contestant, our heroine volunteers to take her place and is then further distressed when Peeta, a young man who once literally saved Katniss and her family from starvation is chosen as the boy Tribute.

I found this story so compelling that I listened to it almost in record time. The play-by-play description of the Hunger Games was told in a matter-of-fact, yet empathetic way which made the idea of all the suffering and death by turns fascinating, horrifying and oddly satisfying. The developing relationship between Katniss and Peeta, meant to kill each other yet compelled to protect one another, made the story that much more poignant. It made Katniss a believable heroine who, for all her dependability and well-developed survival instincts, is just a young girl, still discovering who she is and trying to work out her feelings amidst the turmoil and the slaughter. A winning combination.

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Could Not Stop Listening

Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

No. Because I want to listen to the sequels now first.

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

Too many to pick one.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to pick one.

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  • Michael Soo
  • KINGSWOOD, New South Wales Australia
  • 04-17-12

Not your typical teen adventure story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A nice counter point to the romantic teen stories of late.

What did you like best about this story?

It was refreshing to find a well rounded main character.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I thought the narrator could have used a slightly higher pitch for Katniss. She sounds a little too mature.

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

The story is too big for one book. Anyway, we know that it the first in a three book series.

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Fantastic dystopian novel!

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

This book took me by surprise. I was amazed at how good the story was and how well developed the characters were. Could not stop listening!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended for even those of us older than the target audience!

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  • Lois
  • Mechanicsburg, PA, United States
  • 04-16-12

Good book and great narration

Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Despite being a young reader's selection, Hunger Games was in the top twenty of audiobooks I have read since getting my Kindle. Well written, good story line and great characterizations.

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

Can be compared to Kathy Reichs new young reader's series. Same type of plots and characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Katniss shooting the apple out of the roast pig, Katniss' reaction to finding Peeta in the mud.

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

When Katniss volunteered to save her sister.

Any additional comments?

Good book, even better narration. Carolyn McCormick has always been one of my favorite actresses, especially since appearing on Law and Order. She is really great in this read and never disappointed in her voice artistry.

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Voice used for audio puts me to sleep.

What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

Voice used for audio books is bad. She is so slow and doesn't put emotion into her voice. She drones on and on and then I find myself waking up to turn off the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Just saw it and it is definetly for little kids. Very slow and non action.

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Hard to shut off.

This book is one of the few that, after you have shut if off and are doing something else, you wonder what one of the characters is doing. You keep thinking about what you last heard and what will happen next. The premise is excellent as a lot of people are familiar with real TV, and this book just takes it one step more. The characters are believable, flawed and normal, with occasional outstanding behavior thrown in every so often to keep things interesting.

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Very interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katniss and Peta

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

One could always understand her voice and it was steady and consistent all the way through all the books.

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

Yes