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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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  • Emily
  • United States
  • 03-06-12

Hard to put down! A must read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to others. After much pushing from a friend, I read this book. So glad I did! Amazing! <br/><br/>I love how Suzanne Collins writes. She has spent most of her career in the TV industry and it definitely shows. She can draw you in with her suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read. It isn't just for teenagers.

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What an incredible listen

Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first audio book and the quality of it has sold me on purchasing and listening so much more.

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

If I had to put this on a shelf with like books, it would be right next to Lois Lowery's books

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

I think McCormick especially enjoyed doing the voice of Haymitch. His gruffness tuly came through.

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

The collaboration between Katniss and Rue was delightful. It was as if the two blossomed into believing they were capable of anything. When Rue was killed so abruptly, it came as such a shock and Katniss' reaction was so touching.

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  • The Wife
  • SPRINGBORO, PA, United States
  • 03-06-12

First book does what it should.

It leaves you wanting more. What a fantastic and imaginative story. The narrator is fantastic.

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Amazing

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

Uncomparable, futurstic-possiblities sadly, Unable to stop even until the last word of mockingjay/

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters and how eachone grows. How truly you could imagine this happening, We all have seen at least one reality show and have become immune to most violence, how long will it take for us to combine the two?

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

Although i havent hear C.M.'s performances before i believe she is so creative when it comes to voices, exclamations, and all around enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and i cried and there were times i wished i could be there to help the characters.

Any additional comments?

I recomend this book to anyone but be warned have tissues at the ready

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Made my commute a joy...

Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this so much that I did not hesitate to get the whole trilogy.

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

I could relate to Katniss's anguish when, during the games, she worried about Gale's feelings as she demonstrsted her love for Peeta.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Carolyn McCormick is able to express joy, despair, anger, fear, all without being over the top or losing track of the speakers.

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

When Katniss volunteered to take prim's place in the games, my heart was in my throat. So moving.

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  • Sara
  • Napa, CA, United States
  • 03-05-12

Enthralling

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

Story is spectacular. The performace was good but a little sterile. I can't wait to get the next one!

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  • Nathaniel
  • BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States
  • 03-05-12

Why is this so hot (no pun intended)?

Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I'm not sad one of my credits went to getting it, but it didn't really stand out. I've read this story before and this spin wasn't sufficiently unique or stand out to make me think otherwise. It really read like a mash up of The Long Walk and Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name). It is a really good mash up, but I never really stopped thinking it was a mash up. I have started the second book and will happily finish the series simply because it well written.

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1st Time Audible User

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

Although I liked the audible version, I think the book version is better.

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

None that can think of at the moment.

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

I liked Peeta.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the audible book, however since I'm somewhat of a speed reader, the audible book tends to move a bit slower than I prefer. I would choose an audible book while travelling instead of daily reading.

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  • Maryke
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 03-05-12

Excellent book by Suzanne Collins

Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

Yes, because it is an excellent book. The lady reading the book is really good and keeps you wanting more and more.

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

When Catnis Everdeen shot an killed one of the career tributes.

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

I have not, but will definitely buy a book that she reads again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It kept me extremely entertained. I listen to the book while I am stuck in traffic and at some parts of the book I cheered and shouted for Catnis to do something.......like shoot her Catnis, shoot her!

Any additional comments?

It was a really good book and I am already listening to the second one and the will quickly move on to the third installment of the Hunger Games.

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  • Sara
  • EDISON, NJ, United States
  • 03-05-12

Love the story...Meh to the narrator

What did you like best about this story?

I love this trilogy overall. There is nothing I could really pinpoint about one single thing.

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

I really didn't particularly like the narration. She makes Katniss seem like such a little girl and that's not what her character is about

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

They did make a film about this book!