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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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  • Patricia
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 01-16-12

Awesome

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

Yes, the narrator really brings this book to life

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

Ender's Game - because of the suspense; The Maze Runner - because of the time period, style, etc.

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?

Yes!!!!! I drove around for hours listening!

Any additional comments?

An amazing series! I think it will bring many young people to love reading. As an English teacher I highly reccommend this series to many of my students and parents as well.

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Great Series, better read

This series is riveting. I listened to Hunger Games and couldn't wait to dive into Catching Fire. However, I found that this narrator didn't present the text in a convincing way and sometimes found her distracting. So I consumed the rest of the series the old fashioned way,...on my Kindle :)

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  • Elltten
  • Oceanside, CA, United States
  • 01-15-12

Everyone Loves a great action story!

I like to download books to listen to while I am working out at the gym. It was a very captivating story. I am 56 years old so the life lessons of the book are more for young adults but I kept running to the gym so I could listen to it.

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  • elizabeth
  • laurel, ms, United States
  • 01-15-12

What a ride!

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

I loved the unexpected turns of the story.

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

When Katniss took the place of her little sister in the games.

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

This was my first book and certainly not my lasat.

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

Yes; I did not want to put it down!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to the remainder of the trilogy.

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  • Heather
  • JACKSON, TN, United States
  • 01-14-12

AMAZING BOOK

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

no not necessarily. The womans voice got on my nerves every now and then. But it didnt matter the story like was such an attention holder

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katnis duh! She is fierce!

What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

as i said her voice was ok

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

May the odds be ever in your favor

Any additional comments?

awesome awesome!

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  • Shannon
  • Mooresville, IN, United States
  • 01-13-12

It was just OK

I'm not sure what all the hype is about. This wasn't a terrible book but after reading The Help and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this just wasn't up to par. Not a bad read but you can tell it is geared toward a younger audience. I passed it on to my 12 year old and she is enjoying it. The narrater sounds like the one reading my 1st grader's Magic Tree House books. Again, she wasn't terrible but sounded juvenile to me. Maybe a different narrater would have helped this book.

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  • Wesley
  • United States
  • 01-13-12

Awesome Listen

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

YES!!!! You don't want to turn it off from beginning to end.

What did you like best about this story?

The book lets you develop a mental picture, without unnecessary details.

What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The easy to recognize change in characters.

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

Could not wait to download the next book in series.

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Page turner right from the start

Enjoyable read right from the start, easy read and can't wait to complete the series.

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  • Michael
  • russellville, AR, United States
  • 01-12-12

Top Notch

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

Gripping. Entertaining. Brilliant.

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

Couldn't put it down until the end.

Any additional comments?

This book is well worth every penny.

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  • Lizzy
  • WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States
  • 01-11-12

Not for kids only

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

The story was original and captivating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katniss of course. Her inexperiance is refreshing. Her courage is admirable.

What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice relfected the scene. She seemed to enjoy reading the story herself.

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

When Rue and Katniss curled up in the same sleeping bag, deciding that they could trust one another, and simply fell asleep.