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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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    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "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!


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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    It took my son awhile to convince me to download this book but I'm so glad I did. It's a great listen!

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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining enough."

    There are some books written to be big obnoxious blockbuster movies. This is one. With absolutely no character development, I'm sure the screen adapters had an easy job. Probably won't see the movie

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    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
    Samantha Rio Linda, CA, United States 03-03-12
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    "Lovely"
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Addicting, & Moving


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

    Twilight Sega. Easy read, wonderful story. I couldnt put it down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything in the cave.


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

    Let the Games begin.


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    Mandy GOFFSTOWN, NH, United States 03-03-12
    Mandy GOFFSTOWN, NH, United States 03-03-12
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    "Predictable :("
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I'm undecided. I'm not even sure I want to continue the series. This book did not leave me wanting more. It was entertaining, yes, but the storyline was very predictable. Author was able to get true emotion across in her story though.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the story all the way up to the games. I found the games to drag and be anti-climactic.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Enjoyable, Soothing, Characters Distinguishable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
    Lars Laar, Belgium 03-03-12
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    The story and the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes


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

    I wanted but you need the time


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a great movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12
    Bonnie WILMINGTON, NC, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Goes Too Fast."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Fast. Heartfelt.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am almost to the end of this book and am going to purchase the next in the series so I do not miss out on a trip. I was hesitant at first, wondering if this was another series of the

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12
    Janette Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED!"

    VERY creative! My 15-year old daughter got me to listen to this. Just downloaded the next books as well.

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    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12
    Dennis Petticrew Colorado 03-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "American Dystopia"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    A fascinating twist on The Lottery, where the winner kills or gets killed. Almost like the draft.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta was my favorite. As a man, I can relate to his unrequited love for Katniss. It was a wonderfully tragic love story.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She put me right into the story. It was like being there myself. A great performance!


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

    Kill, or be loved?


    Any additional comments?

    For me, the mark of a great story is that I can't wait for part 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane York, ME, United States 03-03-12
    Diane York, ME, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My 10-hour drive went by like a flash"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is fast and vital When I finished listening to it I felt that it really had taken me somewhere.


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

    This book reminds me of Phillip Pullman's young adult fiction; The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and so forth.


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

    I had never heard an audio book read by a woman and it took an adjustment on my part as a listener but I became accustomed to it and appreciated it; the reader became part of the experience whereas with male-read stories I am essentially unaware of the reader.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen while driving. The long drive flew by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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