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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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  • Molly
  • Charleston, SC, United States
  • 11-10-11

couldn't stop listening

I bought this book for my tween child and decided to preview it for violence and sexual content. It was violent, for sure, but not in an overly gruesome way. The characters were quite chaste and the moral messages were strong.
I didn't expect it to hold my interest, but I really couldn't put it down. If this book was being marketed to adults, I might not give it such high marks, because I found it a tad predictable. However, for younger people, it's perfect.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly Great

This book was surprisingly great in my opinion. It's outside my usual genres, so I really can't even say why I purchased it in the first place, but I'm very glad that I did. Now I look forward to listening to the remaining books in the series as well.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • peter
  • Houten, Netherlands
  • 11-27-10

wonderful and truthful

This novel is a description of a society that unfortunately is not so hard to imagine to come about anymore. The characters come across as believable and it makes you think about the end of the roman empire, where some humans, quite explicitly, just had to die for the enjoyment of others.Combine this with mass media, modern technology and boundless power differences and shiver at the thought.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States
  • 10-23-09

Amazing

This is one of the best books I have read recently-its 1984 crossed with Survivor. I could barely put the book down, and the audiobook is spendidly done. It even won the approval of my boyfriend, who could barely wait for me to get home so that he could finish listening to it on my mp3 player.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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In a world of compromise, some don't.

The Hunger Games has been a huge surprise to me, (a 62 yr old male.) On hearing the kids on twitter go nutz for it, I got bored, turned off and would have nothing to do with it. I loathe hype. I figured it had to be more of that ordure Potter.

On reading the plot summary, I thought this'll be some political messaging only just hidden in the story. Y'all know how much I hate that.

Well, I wuz wrong..completely.

The Hunger Games is a rattling good story. Gore knocked down a tad, 'cos its fer kids, right? Doesn't hurt the tale, which belts along at a terrific pace. The only crit I could make was the lack of exposition in favour of action, which is non-stop. There are several brilliant scenes, which are wonderfully burnished by Carolyn McCormick's excellent reading.

I've listened to it twice now, and will do so again. Book has to make a pretty strong impression for that to happen. I've now read the ebook, listened to the audible, and seen the film. The movie is an excellent rendition of the book. If you like this tale, go see.

Please note, this review refers only to Book One, I will have different things to say about Books two and three.

Great book, enjoy! You will need hankies at some points.



brendan (atlanta)

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  • Garrett
  • Castaic, CA, United States
  • 02-23-10

Riveting page turner for any age...

Just prior to this download, I had gone through a number of thick, weighty, descriptive books. This was recommended to me and I laughed -- it was for teens! But, I had a credit and gave it a shot and by 10 minutes into it, I was so glad I did. The pace is break-neck with never a dull moment. The setting is futuristic but Collins does not get buried in explanations of the world and it's differences from ours. So, really it could be anywhere, any time. The Characters were, at times, thin in their complexity, but this was written for a YA market as lets face it -- when you're a teenager, we're all a bit thin in complexity. The story is very well told, and at times even a bit harsh. When you stop and think about what's really going on, its a bit hard to stomach, but it's never over-the-top or graphic. I will be downloading the sequel today...

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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The hunger games

Excellent "read" - a real page turner. Difficult to break off to do other things like work and sleep!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I was in total need of a book that would keep my intrigue and have me wanting more. This book totally did it. Collins is such a great writer and is so descriptive. I'm currently listening to the 2nd book and love it as well. The narrator, is fantastic as well.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly Good!

This is not a book I would normally read, but, wow! Sure, it's a story that has been done before, but most books are, aren't they? Ms. Collins writing is brilliant and refreshing. I inhaled "Catching fire" as well. Despite other reviews, I didn't have a problem with the narrator. I thought her performance added to the excitement of the story - and it is YA, after all. I don't see how anyone could not like this story - in a materialistic "me" world, it opens up your eyes to what is important.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Captivating Book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it because someone mentioned that it was a good read for those that enjoyed Twilight. I agree. I was not ready for the book to end, it grabbed me from the first chapter all the way until the end and kept me wanting more.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 04-07-13

Lovely Narrator

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

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  • stella Byll
  • 04-07-13

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

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  • Hittowl
  • 04-07-13

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.



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  • Rose
  • 04-07-13

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.

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  • Istvan
  • 04-07-13

Great opening of a great trilogy

I do not really understand when this book is categorized as teen fiction. I think this book is much more mature than that - with meaningful thoughts, internal struggles about choices to be made etc.. And it is also gripping, exciting. I could not stop listening.

The whole story is presented from the main character's point of view which makes the story more realistic and personal to the reader (or listener :). This is not a dumb 'action movie' with untouchable superheroes but a book with ordinary people who have their fears, weaknesses - and strengths.



I am eagerly waiting to have enough time to re-listen the whole trilogy.

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  • Darren
  • 04-07-13

What can I say?

Took some time to properly get into it, but once the story started to pick up it was hard to put down. Very emotional and just perfect.

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  • Mr. Gerald Ley
  • 04-07-13

The best trilogy I have ever read

I was recommended to read these three books by a good friend so yes I bought them.After reading the first fifty pages in book one I was captured by the remarkable detail and the writing of Suzanne Collins.It didn't take me long to read all three.I liked them so much I bought the Audio version and that absolutely fantastic.

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  • lauren
  • 04-07-13

Very, very good

This is a must listen, the image and story is created so clearly in your mind. And it is such a great story, and it is wonderfully read.

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  • Harriet
  • 03-26-13

Engaging and a real 'page turner'

This was just what I wanted from an audiobook, made me look forward to my commute

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  • alasdair
  • 03-05-13

Urgh couldn't stand the lead character...

And the narrator was terrible. She made the whole thing sound so condescending. The story wasn't very original and didn't really go anywhere. None of the characters were memorable or likeable.



Just don't understand the hype...