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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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    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 2017
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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
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09
    Tricia Arnold, MO, USA 12-08-09
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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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    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10
    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Great for every audience"

    While it may be a young adult book, I found that it is the type of book that can appeal to any older age group. It's an easy read, but it pulls you in and leaves a distinct impression. Suzanne Collins has an amazing writing style that makes the Capitol and Districts themselves become characters in the book with distinct personalities... it's fascinating, as well as eerie at times. I listened to this book while taking an 8 hour drive and found myself taking the long way around my destination just to listen to more. And to top it all off, the narrator is perfect for the tone of the book.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Smithville, TN, United States 09-15-09
    Tammy Smithville, TN, United States 09-15-09
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    "Suprising"

    I was pleasantly surprised at how well I liked this story. A friend of mine has been after me for months to read it so I downloaded it instead. Once the book got going, I really got into it. Connected with the characters very well. The story has a way of pulling you in without realizing it actually. Very good. Has a bit of a slow start for me but ended up liking it very much. Now Ive gotta get part 2 to finish the story. YAY! Very good story. :)

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Chantal
    Arusha, Tanzania
    4/13/13
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    "Very thought provoking"

    A surprisingly good read, with much more depth than expected. The characters are very real, as are the problems they have. The rich exploit the poor, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer - some very true to life problems. The Games themselves really draw you in and I found myself unable to put the book down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ccb griffiths
    Wales, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Exciting twists and turns all the way through"

    This seems such an unlikely story and likely to be full of hideous gore and stomach turning scariness that I didn't expect to like it (being a wimp at heart) but it is so well written (and read) that somehow one is carried along by the story and can cope with the macabre subject of killing off all but one child.

    Excellent story and much recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rowan
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Every type of person I know has enjoyed this book."

    The most listened too audiobook on my Ipod by far. I had read the book at least four times already and it was taking up too much concentration away from eating/washing/revising/going outside (It helps you can multitask with audiobooks). I think this was the free audiobook I chose when i signed up to audible and it sold it for me, now I can't leave. I took a while to get used to the narrator but in no way did this diminish the emotional impact of the story. Every time I hear it by the end of the first chapter I know I'm going to have to listen too the whole trilogy again. perfect story to put on on long car journeys with family, Perfect to listen to on walks.Perfect for huddling up on the sofa and hissing at anyone who tries to talk to you because you don't want to miss a second. If you want to get emotionally involved with amazing characters in a terrifying version of our world, seriously, pick this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    Wimborne, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "very good"

    Suzanne Collins has written an amazing novel the story-line is unpredictable and thrilling. To those who have seen the film an thought that was good i highly suggest you read the book. The only negative thing i would say is it did take a long time to download so if you medium level broadband it will take over an hour to download for the best quality format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A great book"

    I had read the books previously and loved them so decided to download them too and listen again. The first book is definitely my favourite and I found this book well narrated by Carolyn McCormick and very easy to listen to and become absorbed in. The book is aimed at teens, but I know many adults who have throughly enjoyed the story and who have found the content thought-proviking and an interesting comment on society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    4/10/13
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    "Brilliant story"

    Written from a different prospective which makes it an excellent read. Build up a whole different world, while maintaining emotional touch. Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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