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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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.

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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    Chisty orland, ME, United States 04-10-12
    Chisty orland, ME, United States 04-10-12
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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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-08-12
    Susan LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-08-12
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Hungry for more!"

    This is an excellent story about friendship, courage, sacrifice, and determination. Carolyn McCormick does an excellent job narrating this story and giving the characters added depth through her performance. I'd seen all the hype surrounding the recent release of the movie and was curious what it was all about. The title is - admittedly - not very revealing. I don't watch much television so I'd not seen any previews either. Anyway, the story is set in the near future in the remnants of the United States. That's as much of it as I'll give away. The plot draws the reader in - there was a point when I was nearly moved to tears - and definitely leaves one wanting more. I will definitely get the other two books in the series: I want to learn more about the world Ms. Collins created here. Though aimed at younger readers (younger than me anyway - I'm in my 30s and this book definitely qualifies as a teen or young adult read. I don't recommend it for children.) it can definitely be enjoyed by an older audience. All I can say is if you haven't yet - GET THIS BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    20 of 23 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!

    9 of 10 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.

    13 of 15 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.

    21 of 25 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!

    12 of 14 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.


    3 of 3 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.

    14 of 17 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!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    4/12/12
    Overall
    "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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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