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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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    PhreshMeet Greenville, SC, United States 03-26-12
    PhreshMeet Greenville, SC, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty brutal for a YA novel"

    If you liked this book as a teenager then try some Richard K Morgan when you get a little older.

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    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-26-12
    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-26-12

    The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.

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    "My Favorite Book of the Trilogy"

    A wonderful reader and a wonderful story line come together for a wonderful experience.

    This was my favorite of the three. Growing to love the characters, being introduced to Panem, seeing the arena in action (and learning to fear it)- it makes for an incredible experience.

    Suzanne Collins has an amazing talent with first person writing. Typically I do not enjoy first person writing, however, Collins pulls it off wonderfully. She manages to create an endearing believable character who does not come across as arrogant or unreal. I consistently sympathized with Katniss and she inspired me.

    The other characters are memorable as well, with depth and real development.

    Collins also approaches the concept of the 'love triangle' in a way that did not irritate me. It's the story of a young girl torn between her familiar world and budding feelings. It's realistic, even relatable.

    Finally, I'd like to point out that the political voice in the novels stays consistent and Collins delivers a powerful message with her series.

    Definitely one of my favorite series.

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    Terri SURPRISE, AZ, United States 03-26-12
    Terri SURPRISE, AZ, United States 03-26-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Absolutely loved The Hunger Games. Cannot wait to listen to the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything except the killing of children.


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

    No.


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    Luann Bisson 03-26-12

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    "Its like the Harry Potter of girls."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    Well, I do enjoy being read too! This book was very entertaining and kept my interest, the charachters were such an intragral part of the story.


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

    When Katness kills the first time, and when she feels and struggles with survival issues.


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

    Katness


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    bochu 03-26-12
    bochu 03-26-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Enjoyed it"

    I enjoyed the voices and the story. I think Suzanne Collins did a good job of developing Katness and really getting me involved in her tale.

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    Edward 03-26-12
    Edward 03-26-12
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    "Carolyn McCormick's performance is perfect."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Don't believe the naysayers; Carolyn McCormick's performance is perfect. I’m not sure why some of the reviewers listed here, criticized her reading of the book; they didn’t explain it very convincingly. I can say that I enjoyed her performance from the beginning of Hunger Games to the end of Mockingjay. Her inflections, pacing and oral depiction of the various characters was spot-on. I’d like to say she made a good book better but this book was great to start with and her performance kept it so.


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    "Different story. Good Narration.Excellent."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    v e r y n i c e . Wonderful. Absolutely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All are favorite characters.Real Good.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 03-25-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than the movie"

    I got this book because all my kid could do was talk about seeing the movie. I decided in two days to listen to the book. Having read the book before seeing the movie I tell you to see the movie after the book. The movie tries to play up the drama and sensationalize the story line instead of telling it (old adage sex & war sells news & movie tickets). I was told by someone at the theater that the movie crosses into the second book a little which may spoil it. Either way if you like the 'Running Man' by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) you will like this book. It starts out fast and keeps going through the entire book. I've now started book two and I will see how long it takes me to get through it. This book also relates to what's going on in the world with governments lying to us about the true state of things. The interaction between the characters is true interactions between teens and learning to become adults. Learning to deal with their emotions, so they can understand them and not ignore them. The story is also true about teens bonding together and running a muck without parental over-site to teach right from wrong.

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    april WEST TOWNSEND, MA, United States 03-25-12
    april WEST TOWNSEND, MA, United States 03-25-12

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    "5 stars overall"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    This is an excellent listen overall. Gaps in the storyline aren't answered in the series (I'm on the last of the last set). For example, if someone living in a starving district has


    What did you like best about this story?

    A lot of action; characters grow at a nice pace, being sympathetic without slipping into drippy; you get a nice mental picture of the scenes.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I like how she can shift her voice into the character so that you can recognize the person immediately. What I don't like is the whispy voice she uses for Katniss, and the uber stress that seems to be in every thing Katniss thinks or says - very little is mundane which looses the impact of the honestly serious stuff.


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

    Nope, just enjoyed it.


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    Mksiny14 Staten Island, NY, United States 03-24-12
    Mksiny14 Staten Island, NY, United States 03-24-12
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    "Disappointing Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps it is a mistake to listen to an audiobook one has read in print. While my 6th grade son and I enjoyed the story, we were both unhappy with McCormick's narration. She reminded us both of text book narrators. My son, who had not previously read the book in print, asked if he could please not finish the audiobook and borrow my print copy.


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