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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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  • Asli
  • Pleasant Hill, CA, United States
  • 04-09-12

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.

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  • Mambie
  • San Fernando, CA, United States
  • 04-08-12

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.

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  • Susan
  • LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
  • 04-08-12

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!

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  • Brett
  • Monroe, WA, United States
  • 04-08-12

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.

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  • jayda
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 04-08-12

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}

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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!

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  • Paul
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-07-12

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.

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  • Jake
  • Garden Grove, CA, United States
  • 04-07-12

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

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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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