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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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    Horsepower83 04-02-12
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    "Good Book, Boring Ending"

    Storyline was good, really held my interest, but the ending was a little boring. I was hoping for a better ending after such a good story. I feel it could have had a better cliffhanger or segue into the next book. Really didn't give me that "I gotta get the next book!" feeling. But overall it was a good book.

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    David River Falls, WI, United States 04-02-12
    David River Falls, WI, United States 04-02-12
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    "Virgin!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! This is my first audiobook and I have to say, it was great... listened to the whole book in 4 days. I found that listening to the book while I do yard work or clean is great because I get a whole lot more done!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Katniss as the main character, but I am want to hear more about Gale!


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

    Katniss


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

    For sure! If I could have, I would have.....


    Any additional comments?

    Excited for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ty 04-02-12
    Ty 04-02-12
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    "FOR AGES 12 AND UNDER"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    HORRIBLE! OMG, This book sounds like something I read in 5th grade.... no wait.... 4th grade. I couldn't bear the story line. If it was a physical book, I would have thrown it in the trash, but instead I deleted the audio files after two hours of listening to her ramble on in 1st person. I couldn't bear to listen for over 10 hours of this crap! The story is not exciting, makes absolte no sense, not interesting, not anything good. I don't understand what all the hype is about with the movie. It must be a tweens thing. Don't waste your money!


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    It's a stupid story! She goes on and on describing the most mundane physical parts of the environment and surroundings of the main character, bread, pudidng, hunting and gathering for one meal. Dear lord! It's painful to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Not sure about that; the story is most important to me, but I might.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO - Don't buy it and I want a refund.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Victoria, BC, Canada 04-01-12
    Brett Victoria, BC, Canada 04-01-12
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    "Great Premise but Lacking in Execution"

    The idea for this book -- the post-apocalyptic world and the games themselves -- is wonderful and intriguing. However, Collins fails to accurately describe the world in a way in any detail as to make it believable. While the premise pulled me along, each time she would describe a technology I just couldn’t get past how any society with hover cars, genetic engineering, bullet trains, super-stealth technology, Star-Trek like viewing screens, etc. can be supported by districts of what appears to be a few thousand people mining coal, hand picking fruit, and barely at subsistence levels.

    Collins also couldn’t seem to decide upon whether these games were farce or serious. It felt like a “Running Man” rip-off. Why does a post-apocalyptic world need to be full of cheesy 1980s game show silliness? I was hoping for a fresh take on it.

    The main character was also rather unsympathetic. Despite being a trained hunter... she never hunted anyone, ambushed anyone, or successfully initiated action against anyone. Nor did the games make any sense. She walked for a full day until exhaustion in a ‘random’ direction. This would make the area hundreds of square miles. Yet... apparently other people were within a few hundred yards the same evening? Collins should watch “Mantracker” or talk with some search and rescue people. People can go a few miles in the wilderness and never be found again (even by skilled trackers and dogs) -- let alone by random children not even specifically looking for them.

    However, the premise and action is generally good enough to recommend the book for a young (pre-teen) audience or those who don’t care about the glaring credibility holes in it. Still Collins could have done a better job grounding the world, skipping a lot of the silliness of the city folk, and giving us something to cheer about with the main character – at least having her actions in-line with her abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton M. Courtney Corning, NY USA 04-01-12
    Clayton M. Courtney Corning, NY USA 04-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator pauses at wrong time.......I say"

    I really enjoyed the book and will not go into the plot as that has been done very well by many reviewers here.

    My only problem is that when the narrator reads something a person says she pauses too long before saying who said it.

    I do not have a copy of the book with me but an example might be if the sentence from the book was:
    "Peeta, you should rest for a bit." I say.

    She would pause for at least two seconds between the quote and "I say". Then sometimes she would say the "I Say" part like it is a question.

    I told my sister this as she is reading the books then she called me up the next day to tell me that she started doing it when she was reading. lol.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christoph Y. Hawkins Charlotte, NC 04-01-12
    Christoph Y. Hawkins Charlotte, NC 04-01-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, some problems with Katniss's voice"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The plot kept me hungry for more, and the prose style is clear and crisp. However, the vocabulary didn't suit a hillbilly girl; it made me think of a well-educated and mature woman, as the author must be. Some minor characters of District 12 fit its description as a rural backwater, but Katniss and Peeta speak as if they were from any city or suburb today. It's a small nit to pick though and can be easily set aside in favor of the compelling story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Woodinville, WA, United States 04-01-12
    Christopher Woodinville, WA, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An Excellent and disturbing tale"

    This was an excellent novel. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will avoid overly speaking about the plot. The reason being, is that this novel keeps you in the edge of your seat through out the entire book, even up to the last seconds. It is tense, poignant, and gritty. I have heard this novel described as a "children's" or "teen" novel. Well, that may be so, but it is an older mature teen at the very least. This is a dark story, in a dark world, filled with violence and tears. I found myself crying at one point, and I am a 40 year old man. I tell you this, as I do believe that this book may be too dark for many teens. I personally will not be handing this novel to either of my daughters till they reach 16. If you are getting this novel for your children, I recommend that you listen to it first, to see if your children can cope with the concepts and violence of this novel. I will say this though, the violence in this novel is NEVER celebrated, it is presented as violence should be presented...as evil, tragic, and sad.
    The production itself is top notch. I would have liked Ms. McCormick to develop a better "drunk man" voice, but that is a minor critique. She tells the story beautifully. in this first of three novels, Ms. Collins authors a powerful, compelling novel. She creates a world rich in detail and creates fully conceived characters, with whom you make an honest bond. You root for them, and you weep with them. If you can take this dark world, I highly recommend this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna 03-31-12
    Joanna 03-31-12
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    "Good book, lousy reader."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Suzanne Collins has a weird way of reading like she doesn't always know what the sentence means. She emphasizes a word strangely every now and then. Quite distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that everything wasn't just fairytale perfect but it wasn't awful doom and gloom either.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Suzanne Collins had read the book through first a few times she could have read with more meaning.


    Was The Hunger Games worth the listening time?

    If you have a hard time listening to books anyway this isn't for you. Many other books have better reads. If you can put up with a few odd tilts periodically it was worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Coral Springs, FL, United States 03-31-12
    Jared Coral Springs, FL, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I admit that I read the book b/c of the hype surrounding the movie. I also started listening to the Hunger Games fan podcast by Cliff & Stephanie Ravenscroft. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook along side the fan podcast. I highly recommend trying that for anyone that decides to listen to the audiobook. I am excited about the next 2 books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • 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
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    "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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