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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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Good but for younger audience

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

Engaging Clever Young

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

She captures the mercurial and sometimes shallow emotional responses of the young main character very well.

Any additional comments?

A clever and engaging story that is well performed. However, for more mature listeners, enduring hour after hour of teenage emotional responses and angst can be bit of a challenge. I'm not saying the story is poorly written, or performed; quite the contrary. In fact, the story stays reasonably true to the young female character. And, that's the problem for me, I find it somewhat difficult to relate to the main character's young immature and sometimes histrionic responses. Overall, it was still a good listen, but mature listeners might want to view it as an enjoyable but over sweet dessert rather than a satisfying main course. My daughter will probably love it.

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  • Beverly
  • Church Road, VA, United States
  • 02-03-12

Different storyline, I enjoyed

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

I enjoy audiobooks. Reading isn't my favorite thing to do. So using audio books is the solution. Yes, I would promote the Hunger Games in audio format.

Would you recommend The Hunger Games to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I would, has a very different storyline. Kept me interested through out the book.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Her voice and inflections she used

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

Not sure

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  • Mindy
  • United States
  • 02-02-12

The Hunger Games are thrilling!!

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

The story makes the presentation pale, and the presentation was terrific!

Any additional comments?

Read all three books in the trilogy...wonderfully woven tale that keeps you guessing!

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Underwelmed but still good

I know allot of people praise this book and series. The main thing is the story was written for young adults and so the plot and characters are not to the same level as other dystopian tales written with an older audience in mind. I think the characters other then Katniss were a little under developed and could benefit from more time being spent on there back story. The teenage angst love triangle was just comical, the girl is fighting for her life but is still weighing if she likes Peeta or Gail and how they feel when she kisses Peeta. It is a good story, but better execution could have made it so much better. As for the ending I think it was not the original as it just does not flow right in my mind, like the idea for a trilogy was thought of later and so the original ending was scraped and rewritten to allow for books 2 and 3.

As for the narration; I think if I had control of the treble on my mp3 player it might not have been so bad. I had the regularly stop listening to the book because my ear started to hurt from the woman's voice. I also had a hard time distinguishing characters at points she did ok overall but there were to many conversations where I could not tell who was suppose to be speaking.

I think for a younger reader this is a good book, and the idea and story are good but it is not a game changer.

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  • Michele
  • PEYTON, CO, United States
  • 02-02-12

Interesting Read

Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

Yes - very good book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peeta - cause he has a heart of gold

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

No

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

I can't sit for that long

Any additional comments?

Anyone would like this book

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Listen to this book in one sitting-----

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

The story was new and refreshing. The characters were believable. I was right there with her thru it all.

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

Eragon

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

No

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

The ending, I was so touched to see that they had a life to live and children to love and keep safe.

Any additional comments?

Three books were not enough.

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  • Heather
  • PALM BAY, FL, United States
  • 01-31-12

Loved It!

What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

What a great book! It was well written, very descriptive, and thought provoking. The main characters were relatable and you quickly find your self cheering them on. Its action packed and I couldn’t stop, I finished in 2 days!

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  • Erica
  • CARTER LAKE, IA, United States
  • 01-30-12

Everything I could have wanted and more!

What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

The world and characters Suzanne Collins creates are simply fantastic. I purchased the next in this series, Catching Fire, the instant I finished The Hunger Games.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katniss is so fallible and human. It's hard not to relate to her.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Perfect narration and entirely believable as the view-point characters.

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

Absolutely.

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  • Anna
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 01-30-12

Save your credit!

I am a 29 year old, married female reader and I know I am not the target audience for this book. However, after reading so many reviews by other middle age adults, I expected a cleverly written story. I was so disappointed with this book. I couldn't keep count of all the times the author uses, "she says" or "he says". She literally uses those endings after each sentence. She also uses your standard catch phrases all over the book, which just seemed to be very immature, lazy, writing.
Other then the poor writing style, the interwoven adolescent love story was simply too immature for me to enjoy. Again, I know I am not the target audience for this book and its possible a teenager could really enjoy this type of childish romance, But I really do not understand all of the other adults who wrote raving reviews for this book.
The only reason I give this book two stars is for the unique premise of the story line. It seemed to be an interesting idea that had poor follow through.
Now, for the narrator: Carolyn McCormick. She is not a bad reader, but she's been miscast for this particular story. This story is read in the first person by the main character who happens to be a young teenage girl. I don't understand the reasoning behind having an older woman's voice play the part of a teen.
Overall, I would say this is one of the worse choices for my credit. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Cassie
  • Mt. Morris, New York, United States
  • 01-29-12

Left me smiling like an idiot

The Hunger Games is, by far, my favorite book of all time. At first, I only wanted to read it because of all the talk about it, but... then I fell in love and couldn't stop listening to it! I must admit... one time I listened to it until almost 4am... :O


Here are some reasons that I LOVE The Hunger Games:

1.) Peeta Mellark. Oh my goodness! I am in love with Peeta Mellark. His unassuming wonderfulness stole my heart! (by the way, Josh Hutcherson is the perfect actor for Peeta! Josh is pretty much the only celebrity I've ever had a crush on)

2.) There were countless times in the book where I was holding my breath to see what was going to happen... and it didn't disappoint!

3.) The characters were developed so well that it was easy for me to forget that they're just that... characters in a book. LOVE! <3

4.) The people at the Capitol were so unintentionally comical (I'm sure Suzanne meant to make them the way they come across) that I hated them! I love it when authors can make the reader love or hate a character.

5.) I am a writer, and my dream is to one day be as good an author as Suzanne Collins. Her timing with making the story go in a different direction is impeccable. She is one of the best story creators that I've ever heard of.