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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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    Jake Garden Grove, CA, United States 04-07-12
    Jake Garden Grove, CA, United States 04-07-12
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    "Good, if you are 10 years old."
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I kept hearing about this book, I bought it not knowing it was written for preteens. I found the dialogue and narrative is extremely eye roll inducing, and poorly written. The writer is not subtle at all, instead of describing a scene and leaving it to the reader to understand what's happening, she just straight out explains it. I guess the author didn't think her younger audience would catch on. I think kids are smarter than she gives them credit for.

    The characters are flat, forgettable, canned archetypes. Nothing to see here.

    The narrator for the book was good. My only complaint would be that her male voices are not very good. I do not think that female voice actors should not attempt to deepen their voice for male characters, they should just read normally.

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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Its the Hunger Games-ofcourse your going to listen"

    Like almost all books to movies stories, it’s obviously best to listen/read the book first before you go see the movie. And it’s true with this book. I was so into this book and I was nervous because I know it’s a teeny bopper kind of story. But it had blood, action and a great storyline. I am mostly a apocalyptical/zombie kind of listener, but I had to take a break and this was a good one. Yes listen to it. I finished Catching Fire and now I’m starting MockingJay. This series only gets better and better. The 4star on the Performance was because the chick that narrates was a little too soft when it came to guy voices. But it worked. Enjoy!

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    tiffany olympia,wa 04-06-12
    tiffany olympia,wa 04-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "narrator annoying at first"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Once you got used to the narrator, it was really good. Good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were worth hearing about/from


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    Chris 04-05-12
    Chris 04-05-12
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    "This is a MUST READ!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    If I could sum up THG in three words I would have to say, SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!


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

    I don't have a favorite character in this book, I kinda of liked them all.


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

    This book did make me cry, laugh, and my heart was racing at times.


    Any additional comments?

    There were times that I was so into the book that I

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    Dwayne Atherton, Australia 04-05-12
    Dwayne Atherton, Australia 04-05-12
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    "Beyond my expectations."
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I love the dystopian storyline. I'm male and so not a teenager - but I identified with our young heroine completely. Apart from the loving Gale and Peeta thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A constant driving narrative with barely enough time to catch your breath.


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

    Clearly, Carolyn McCormick was at her best being Katniss.


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

    I must admit I did get a little choked up at times. Whether I was proud of Catnip's achievements or saddened by incidents described 'on the page'. I laughed too.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic. I've listened to the other two books in the trilogy and they don't disappoint. But ever after...not necessarily happily ever after. The movie is well worth a look too if you've read the books.

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    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-04-12
    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. Since the movie was coming out, I thought I would get started, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was great, and I thought the reading by Carolyn McCormick added to the story, I think she did a great job. Well done, and now looking forward to the movie!

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    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 04-04-12
    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Another woman who can't write young men."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was really hard to think of the main character as someone i cared to survive.


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

    No, but I wish female writers would ask more men about how they write young men. Sorry but if those guys in the story were real guys, they would have nothing do to with that train wreck, especially a sixteen-seventeen year old. this was the thing that turned me off the twilight books. I almost gagged halfway through the first twilight book, but at least i made it through this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the arena, when things actually happened. the rest was like reading about some teen heart throb show on the cw network.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, if you are a straight guy, don't bother.


    Any additional comments?

    definitely another book meant for girls. The author gets all the male characters wrong. sorry but guys don't act that way, and would never stay around a girl that is such a train wreck, jerk, and total b-tch as the main character. I was sorry to buy the whole set, and struggled to the end. I hoped for the best, and all it got was worse, and worse. the only plus about the whole story was the reader. To be honest, I thought I was listening to American Idol on steroids, only the contestants die in the end. (Then again, that might make American idol worth seeing. Ha)

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    Val IRONTON, OH, United States 04-04-12
    Val IRONTON, OH, United States 04-04-12
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I loved the entire series, and even better the narrator was amazing, the only problem is this was the first book I purchased on Audible and now I keep trying to find not only a story that is as wonderful and detailed as this one, but also one that has an amazing narrator, worth buying and you will want to listen to it over an over!


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    J Wrightnour 04-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Katniss is not a baby"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    Yes...already have listened to


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

    The reader did an acceptable job EXCEPT FOR VOICING THE HEROINE! Katniss sounded like an 8 year old child, not a teenager on the verge of adulthood who had been caring responsibly for her mother and sister for the past few years since her father died. I also found her male voices annoying but they were not as distracting as the voice of Katniss herself. She should be strong, not breathy!


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    James Catonsville, MD, United States 04-04-12
    James Catonsville, MD, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Rare Trilogy - A Plausible, Exciting Story."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Plausible story line.


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

    This story is so rare and exciting that it can't be classified with only one memorable moment, but the


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

    Clear concise voice, using inflection and excitement where due! With the right reader, some stories can be listened to at 1.5 times(speed) without distortion. Her voice and style is one of those. With this story, it makes the story more urgent and exciting - try it, you'll like it.


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

    This is an exciting story with many poignant instances that elicits empathy, and at times a welled eye.


    Any additional comments?

    My Review for NETFLIX. *1)There is an area of land that was once called North America. That area now consists of the CAPITOL ruling area, PANEM, with 12 outlying Districts. The Districts are kept segregated, given numbers, not names, and can't talk to each other – no unity for ease of hard-line control. *2)To further control and prove subservience Each District is forced to provide One Girl, and One Boy, ages 12 – 18, to fight each other until death, with one to survive, in the televised Annual Hunger Games. The persons are selected by lottery and are called TRIBUTES. The Games are

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