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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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    Don Hendersonville, TN, United States 03-31-12
    Don Hendersonville, TN, United States 03-31-12
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    "I did not know at the beginning if I would finish."
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Most likely not. BUT..... After the first few chapters... I then finished to book in two days.


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    Christina lugoff, SC, United States 03-31-12
    Christina lugoff, SC, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2016

    I love Zombie books, Horror books and Amy Tan. I'm always looking for a good read no matter the genre.

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    "Freaking Awesome book...Time well spent"

    great book...more than worth the 1 credit. It was fast paced and visually and mentally stimulating.

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    Nicole Bronx, NY, United States 03-31-12
    Nicole Bronx, NY, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2017
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    "addictive story!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    thrilling, smart, addictive


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    effectively communicates emotion and different characters.


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

    yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I had to see what the hype was all about. This is the real deal!

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    Janie 03-29-12
    Janie 03-29-12

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    "Terrific book"

    I have been resisting this book because I just couldn't get into the plot description, but it was terrific and worth the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It was interesting reading a mostly first-person narrative that kept you interested and excited about her and all of the other characters at the same time. The concept was interesting and, although it kind of glossed over the history of how the games started, it was still good enough to quench your thirst for knowing why. What left me "un-quenched" though was how the entire country "disappeared" in the first place.... I'd love to read the story of the back-story....!!!!

    My two credits for next month are going to Part 2 and 3..............!!!!

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    Mark D. Heinze 03-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Present tense?"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I would have liked to have given it five stars but some of the plot elements were a little under developed and it took me a long time to get over the 1st person present tense writing. I guess this is a popular trend in young adult writing now but it seems counterintuitive and awkward to me.

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    Anna ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-29-12
    Anna ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-29-12
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    "Excellent Book, Bad Narration"

    This is a great book! I could not stop listening and I ended up staying up late two nights in a row to finish it after I would get home from work. I loved the characters and the story line. However, I did not care much for McCormick's narration. She sounded like she was trying too hard to sound like a little girl every time that she read for Katniss. Her voice for Gail seemed a bit too harsh, as did much of the dialouge between Katniss and Peeta. I was able to imagine in my head how I thought the dialouge should have sounded, but it did detract from the reading as a whole. However, I would still recommend this book. It is a wonderful, addicting read and I cannot wait to read the next two in the trilogy.

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    casey Leavittsburg, OH, United States 03-29-12
    casey Leavittsburg, OH, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Casey Helmick is a 21 year old male who dedicates his time to writing his own fiction and studying self help and psychology.

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    "An awesome light read with a serious feel"

    Hesitant to jump on what seemed to be the days fad, I eventually broke down to give it a try. Suzanne's writing style seemed a little hard to get into at first, the narration and inner monologues seemed force at the beginning but a few chapters in her unique style grows on you. The plot doesn't waste time getting bogged down with filler or boring periods and instead each event thrusts you forward into the next pivotal moment of the book. I think the thing that appeals the most with this book is that it is a light read, it's something anyone can pick up and easily read without the burden of a more serious college level book, however the plot will keep even the more complex readers intrigued long enough to finish and start eyeballing the next book.

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    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-29-12
    dennis fresno, CA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.

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    "Hunger Games does not dissapoint..."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Visual, Tiring, Interesting


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

    Lord of the Flies


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

    First time. Took a bit, then grooved to a stop and go and see style.


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

    Nope...string it out...fell asleep to it many nights....woke up worried about Katness.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice touch of a story - enjoyed the feel, nice turns.

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    John Brentwood, TN, United States 03-29-12
    John Brentwood, TN, United States 03-29-12
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    "Good, but I was hoping for something else"

    It's a good book – a "page turner" (as much as an audio book can be) for sure. I enjoyed the main character in many ways but ultimately felt frustrated by her. She knew the injustice of the circumstances, but dealt with it in a passive aggressive way. I kept waiting for the moment when she'd get past it and inspire people far and wide to rise up against their oppressors. It didn't happen, so that was disappointing. But the story was good and decently written. The author thought through the system and details of the world in her story very well.

    The narration was okay. Not great, but serviceable.

    I do recommend the book and can see why they're adapting a film series from it, but it's not quite a Harry Potter.

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    Jacel Miami, FL, United States 03-28-12
    Jacel Miami, FL, United States 03-28-12
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    "Great choice!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Courage, Survival


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was written and also the futuristic view of the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment Katniss and Peeta was the only ones left and the organizers just announced there will only be one winner. Katniss and Peeta was about to eat the poisonous berries but the jury stopped them and pronounced both as winners instead.


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

    At the time Rue, the kid on District 11 died on Katniss' arms...


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book..it's a great choice. I've seen the movie and it was as good as the book itself as well..

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