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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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    Elle OREGON 06-29-13
    Elle OREGON 06-29-13

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Not just for teens-for grannies also!"

    My daughter raved about this book as did my 21 year old grand daughter so I gave in and purchased it when it was on sale. It sat in my library for months. Finally I decided to give it a listen and WOW-was blown away by the story, the whole idea of The Hunger Games.

    Though it's marketed to teens, the book and those following in the series, are definitely for anyone who enjoys stories about future history, as Robert Heinlein termed it. What a different view of the United States this series presents.

    Good solid performance by the narrator, Carolyn McCormick add to the story a lot.

    I really enjoyed this-and what food for thought it presented to me.

    Well worth the 3 credits the series costs.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 01-02-13
    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 01-02-13 Member Since 2017

    road show junkie

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    "Better than the movie for sure!"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    There's so much more to The Hunger Games than what they showed you on screen; if you want the rest of the story - THE WHOLE STORY - you need to listen! There's a lot going on behind the scenes and in Catniss' head that the screen is not capable of showing.


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

    Cloud Atlas - there's a whole emotional & psychological story line behind what you see or hear about that you need to listen to!


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

    Roo's death - how much it affected Catniss.


    Any additional comments?

    I still can't understand how this was considered a children's book - you need an adult sense of understanding to comprehend all that is happening here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Movie sucked compared to the book..."
    Any additional comments?

    If you watched the movie, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It completely makes sense where the movie kinda sucked and had no real back story. The Author does a fantastic job with character background, story line, and a nice touch of sci-fy suspense.
    The story follows one character and how she copes with her surroundings. There are some good funny spots as she has to deal with a drunk trainer on top of her impending doom. The author seems to keep it real as the main Character Katness definately has flaws and uses them to enhance a more realistic view of the situation. However at times the teenage attitude of Katness does get annoying I believe this is to help you get by the "why doesn't she just do this.." part of the story. Very entertaining I couldn't wait to get to book 2 of the series

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A.K. 12-01-12
    A.K. 12-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Page Turner!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The words of Collins mixed with the smokey expertise of McCormick made for an unparalleled match.


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

    Perhaps the most striking part about the book seems to be that with Collin's brilliant use of foreshadowing and other narrative techniques: no moment is less memorable than the next.


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

    I could not imagine Catnip's voice being narrated by anyone else.


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

    The book made me addicted to the story. I had to know what happens next.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12
    M3 Monterey, CA 09-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding - Much Better Than the Film"

    Although I can't argue much with the casting of characters in the recent movie, the movie pales in comparison to the book. Hearing thoughts and background provides a richer experience that helps to crystallize what the author meant to say, or more correctly, meant to express. The tapestry of this story comes alive with imagined situations that give depth to the protagonist, the people she interacts with, and the scenario she is forced into.

    Strongly recommend this - it is a quick "can't put it down" listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-02-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Parks Horseshoeing

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

    I LOVED IT


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat was because she was just great.


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

    Cat and McCormick's voice was fantastic.


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

    Yes I found myself smiling, laughing, and maybe watery eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read or listen to this book, you wont regret it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-27-11
    Thomas 09-27-11
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    "surprised!"

    A friend recommended this book and after reading the synopsis I wasn't convinced but decided to get it anyways based upon the high marks. WOW. The story held me captive and I could NOT stop listening until the very end. It's a keep you on the edge of your seat type of story and is easy to follow.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Binia 08-26-11
    Binia 08-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Somehow, it got me..."

    First the qualifier: I'm 30 yrs old, so not technically the intended audience.
    I initially purchased this series for my boyfriend during an Audible series sale, thinking it might be a fun sci-fi/gladiator type of story. That didn't work out, the boyfriend was immediately put off by the narrator and the premise, and completely gave up about an hour in. Not wanting to entirely waste the credits, I tried listening to it myself.
    I found Katniss to be a pretty annoying heroine - throughout the series she's increasingly whiny and self-obsessed and rarely has a clue. I rolled my eyes a lot and often wished she would just shut up and let us get on with the story. I guess this is the inescapable teenage element in what is, after all, a YA series.
    The narrator is also not my favorite. She gives most of the characters the same incredibly irritating drawl, which tended to make me think that reading these books instead of listening to them would have been more enjoyable.
    But enjoy them I did, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. There have even been moments where I found myself misty-eyed and wondering just how the author managed to draw me in despite my reservations about what I perceived as a somewhat flat world/cast/story.
    I am now in the middle of the last book. I have no regrets about spending 2 credits on this series. And although I don't think I would recommend this to my friends or family, I do appreciate the secret ingredient, whatever it is, that has kept me listening so far...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A. Martin 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting"

    Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting I'm not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this story was quite captivating from beginning to end. I will definitely look into reading some of this author's other books.

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    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09
    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best I've ever listened too!"

    For someone who loves romance and girly things I took a chance on this from a review made by Stephenie Meyer. I am so happy I did. This was absolutely brilliant. Collins discreptions help you imagine you are right there in the story. The story itself is so unique and fast paced you finish wondering how you got through it so fast. I even started giving this book out for gifts and talked my husband into listening. It is such a great story and I cannot wait to finish the series.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • C.A.Heath
    Nottingham, England
    4/9/13
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    "Target audience teenagers ??"

    Maybe the target age is 15 but as an adult I must say that this is a ' need to read' (particularly if the children have read it). Exiting from start to end, the characters names will stay with you for a long while after you have completed the book, which tells it's own story.

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  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Chilling, dystopian action thriller."

    I have heard people who'd heard about the film of Hunger Games, but never seen it or read the book, dismiss it as kind of a remake of Battle Royale. But it is far more than that and the book itself goes far deeper than the movie. Its portrayal of the dystopian, distorted society of the future is dark and chilling, as seen through the eyes of the lead character, Catniss. The whole wierd build up to the games is seen as puzzling and alien, while the occurences in the games arena are at times nail-biting at other times deeply moving. The narrator, Carolyn McCormick, can seem a little distant at times but in some ways that fits well with Catniss, an innocent lost in the confusing, brutal world of the games and the game-makers and learning to adapt to its demands. I enjoyed listening to the book, I have listened to it three times so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Konstantina
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Great series!"

    I listened to this after seeing the first film and got hooked! It's really gripping and exciting. As soon as it finished I had to buy the other two books as well. One slight problem was that I didn't really like the narrator's style so I bought the others as paperbacks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica-jane
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Easy to listen to many times"

    I have listened to this book many times and it never gets old or boring. The events are always dramatic and to a certain extent shocking. The description of both the character's feeling and also the variety of settings are enticing and draw the reader in. The characters themselves are both relatable and easy to empathise with making the story interesting and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GillK
    France
    4/8/13
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    "I loved it to death."

    I chose this book as a lightweight listening option but was absolutely astonished by how completely hooked on it I was. I could not wait to buy and devour the other two books in the series. It totally transported me to another place, another time and had me unable to even go for a walk without slipping the ipod into my pocket. A fantastic listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ted
    Lohja, Finland
    4/8/13
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    "Not only for teenagers"

    I had my doubts, because this book is targeted to teenagers more than person my age, so it took me a while to start listening the book: after I started I found myself liking the story a lot. Carolyn McCormick was a perfect person to narrate this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    yeovil, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Lovely Narrator"

    I love this book and Carolyn McCormick is a fantastic narrator. She captures Katniss and the rest of the characters perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stella Byll
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "kept me awake"

    Having listened to all books in the trilogy, I summarise my review by saying that the books kept me awake and riveted while another story of world dictatorship and domination unfolded. Catniss the main character in the tale portrayed great courage to stand up against continuing supression of the human race by other members of the same specie who have come to consider themselves superior.

    Not suitable as bedtime reading, the carnage and gore is not for the fainthearted

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hittowl
    4/7/13
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    "A well written story"

    This is one of those storys that just grab you and it was difficult to stop listening until the book reached its conclusion. I would recommend it for all ages from 12 upwards, not just older children. As is often the case the book is far better than the film and I would recommend it if you enjoyed the film to get a better understanding of the story.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    watford, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "the hunger games"

    i read theese books not knowing the style of the auther, the books were recomended to me by my sister, but i was not sure i would like them. once i started to read the books i could not put them down, the story line was fantastic and if i could work out how to do the star rating i would give theese books 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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