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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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    Amazon Customer 03-17-12
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    "Great story, well written and Presented"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a simple story that allows you to become part of it. There are soooo many


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn allows you to become part of the book.


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

    Yes, and we did... the whole series.


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    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Don't be turned off by the hype-it's actually good"

    I'm factoring in the fact that this is a YA book in giving it such a high rating. There are some plot holes and twists telegraphed in an unsubtle fashion that I'd consider amateurish in adult sci-fi, but for a book aimed at teenagers, I can forgive them. (Hell, I like Harry Potter...)

    That said, you should know that this is a book in which children are forced to fight each other to the death, and while because it's a YA novel, the violence isn't described in graphic detail, it's still quite grim.

    Others have noted that the premise is not original: "Battle Royale" and "The Running Man" have covered similar ground, though aimed at older audiences.

    I liked it: although a few parts of the story and the society stretched my credulity, the author carried off a rare combination of dark satire and gritty realism, and the characterization was quite good. The heroine is a bit dense at times, but she's a teenager, so that's not wholly unbelievable. Other than that, she was an engaging, sympathetic, and believable character. I found most of the characters to be quite well developed (although a few were, deliberately, almost caricatures).

    There aren't a lot of surprises in this book, but even when the expected happened, my stomach was in knots waiting for it. The author gives us a rather ambiguous ending demanding further resolution: both for the main character's personal relationships, and the horrible, dystopian nature of the society in which she lives.

    I gave it five stars because I started on the sequel right away to find out what happens next, and because at the end of the story, I really cared about Katniss Everdeen and her loved ones. However, the 5 star rating still got a bit of a boost due to my affection for the series; it's not a perfect book. Very good, though. Also, I have to say that while Carolyn McCormick's narration was fine, at times I thought she was a little too tween-y.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Towson, MD, United States 03-16-12
    Amy Towson, MD, United States 03-16-12
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    "Awesome story and perfect for audible listeners."
    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    twilight


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

    no, but I never want to listen to a whole story in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for audible use. Not all books translate well for audio listeners but Hunger Games does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha United States 03-16-12
    Trisha United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Story, So-So Reader"

    I chose to listen to this story rather than read it because I just don't have time to read all the stuff I want to read, and this seemed to be a fast and enjoyable story. I did like the story a lot. But I must say I was disappointed by the reader. The main character, Katness, is a 16-17 year old girl, but the reader sounds like she's about 50 or 60. One would think this doesn't matter, it's just a reader...but that this book is written in first person present, it's jarring to hear an older woman with a hint of a British accent reading for a 16 year old girl. Especially considering that the book contains a great amount of bloody violence, the reader's mature poise just seems.....wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J-Hay 03-15-12
    J-Hay 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Film and Television Producer.

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    "Great story!"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy made current.


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

    When katniss is going to eat the berries.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Carolyn is a wonderfully talented reader that breaths life into these books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The girl who was on fire.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a strong story but the reading leave and pros are a bit simplistic. But it is defiantly candy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12
    Scott Winter Park, FL, United States 03-15-12
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    It was a great story. Kept me wondering what was going to happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like science fiction, and the idea of a weird twisted post-apocalyptic future.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    This was my first audio book, so I don't know what to expect when listening to a book. Carolyn put a lot of feeling into the reading. I really enjoyed the job she did.


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

    Yes, I could hardly get anything else done.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a GREAT first experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Smith LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-15-12
    L. Smith LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2017

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    "The Hunger Games leaves you hungry for more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the audible version of The Hunger Games. I found myself carrying my kindle with me everywhere from the car to the inside of my coat so I could listen while walking. I shared the audio version with my eleven year old daughter who had read the book and she never wanted to stop listening. Carolyn McCormick gave life to the characters and created a Panem and voices different from ones I had envisioned but ones that are now engrained in my mind. We have just purchased he next book in the trilology on audio and are fighting over who gets to listen first. If only this version was available on the Kindle Fire. That would be my one (-) but really it dosn't count.


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

    Any scene when Katniss shows true emotion for Peeta rather than her typical fight or flight mentality. I think that it is only when she removes those walls and allows herself to be a girl rather than a girl who must be the provider (male figure as is her role in her family) that the true Katniss appears. I believe that she indeed loves Peeta but dosn't know what this love thing is about. I cried in the scene when Rue died and Katniss sang to her and district 11 sent her a loaf of bread. I found the mutant tribute dog clones to be freakish. I did love the first true kiss when she tingled.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not care for the voice of Peeta when he was ill as his voice was scratchy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    These Hunger Games they say in the Capitol of Panem


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks :o)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dzila 03-14-12
    Dzila 03-14-12
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    "Awesome book !"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Phenomenal Story-Telling!


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

    When Katniss volunteered as a tribute.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Carolyn made the reading/listening experience even more fun. She personified the different characters with her voice. Love her accent too.


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    Shiran K. RAMAT GAN, Israel 03-14-12
    Shiran K. RAMAT GAN, Israel 03-14-12
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    "A+"

    Carolyn McCormick is amazing! Great narrator and great story/book! Recommended to all.
    Can't wait to get the other books.

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    Sylvia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-13-12
    Sylvia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I have listened to the book TWICE. Absolutely addicting, well read and written, some sections are quite moving


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

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - addictive, exciting, page turner


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

    Yes, there were moments where I would not leave the car just so I could get in a few more minutes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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