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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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Interesting but

What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

good sci fi story line.

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

The giver. futuristic. all power taken away from people.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Interesting. Keep me interested

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

the hype was great, Young teen type interest. Blood and gore with love. Not interesting enough to read the next two. I don't care who she picks. Who woould want to get married and have a family in such a world.

Any additional comments?

I don't want to tell people not to listen. It is interesting and entertaining but it just didn't knock my socks off. Also the people in the story act as if there is no God. He is never mentioned in any way, shape, or form. Not a world for me.

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  • CharByte
  • Park Ridge, IL United States
  • 04-13-12

Far from being a teen..

Any additional comments?

... and couldn't wait for my morning commute to see what was going on with the games. The narrator had good momentum to keep up with the pace of the story. I liked this much more than I had expected so much so I immediately had the 2nd book at the ready. It will be on my my ears tomorrow morning.

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Wow!! What a story!

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

I haven't read it, so I couldn't comment on this.

What did you like best about this story?

How Katniss was so perceptive and her instincts were dead on!

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

Katniss

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

Many times!! The story was heartbreaking in so many ways, but the people made the best of their circumstances and their joy was my joy while listening.

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Very well written, fascinating story line.

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

I have recommended this book to several of my freinds & family.

What did you like best about this story?

That you know the charachters, feel for them, root for them but as they themselves you are able to see there flaws.

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

The inflects in the tone of the voices add alot to the story.

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

Definately.

Any additional comments?

Apprciate that it was a well written book without the foul language that never adds anything to a story. The story line in intreging.

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  • tammy
  • rockport, ME, United States
  • 04-12-12

couldnt stop listening

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

kept me guessing

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

hands free hours of entertainement

Any additional comments?

couldnt wait to download the rest of the series

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EXCELLENT!!!

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

Top 5

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katness and Pita were my favorite characters. They were interesting to hear about.

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

She was a great narator. When the story started I wasn't so sure if I'd like it. She did a great job with all characters.

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

Yes, definitely!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this. As soon as I am finished with this first book of the series. I will be reading the next one!

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  • Justin
  • Perth, Australia
  • 04-12-12

A good read

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

better then average as the book had a good story line and the performance was well suited to the type of story been told

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

beyond exile ... although the book is about zombies for me it was all about the tale of survival and what the main characters do to survive

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

over all yes ... there were points where the voice felt untrue, or more that i did not like the tone or voice being used for the character

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

Girl on fire

Any additional comments?

waiting to see how the other books work out

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WOW!

The audio book gives the added demension of a guided tour of the story! I am afraid to see the movie for fear it will not measure up to the book!
I have read all three in the series and enjoyed them all!

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  • sooz
  • Redding, CA 96001
  • 04-11-12

narrator...not sure....

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator's voice is too...mature sounding for Katniss. She is a teenager but sounds 30-years old. I still enjoyed the story but it was hard telling characters apart by their voices sometimes.

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  • samantha
  • Midwest City, ok, United States
  • 04-11-12

WOW!!!!

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

Yes. The story line is amazing..

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Gale and Peeta both because of the love they both had for Katniss..

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Effie.. She was soo into her reading..

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

I laughed and cried back and forth..