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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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    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10
    Jacqueline Manhattan, KS, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2010
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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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    Mimi Rockefeller 04-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Try something different"

    If it hadn't have been for an Audible promotion, I probably wouldn't have purchased this book since it's both sci-fi and young adult - two things that don't interest me at all; however, I was quickly proven wrong.

    It wasn't long before I was attached to my headphones listening to this book whenever I could spare a few minutes. The narrator is able to distinguish between characters and makes for a wonderful listen and brings the nation of Panem to life. There were even a few scenes where I felt my eyes moisten, it was that moving.

    Although very well written for the intended YA audience, there were a few times that I became frustrated with the reading level... but then I remembered I am not the author's intended market and got over it quickly. Worth the listen.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 04-24-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping story"

    Wow- wanted to listen in 1 straight shot, but needed to sleep in between. Very gripping story. there's a bit of YA silliness, but only a bit. got used to the narrator pretty quickly, although at the beginning she was enunciating so distinctly it sounded like she was addressing a very slow child.
    Overall the story was engrossing and I can't wait for the sequel. Would caution the squeamish that there's some pretty gruesome violence.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-10-12
    Oli 09-10-12 Member Since 2016

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Great"

    Excellent book, loved everything about it. Story, characters, performance,... Even for people who don't like dystopian genre it's a very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Molly-o Seattle 08-22-12
    Molly-o Seattle 08-22-12 Member Since 2007

    English major. Love to read

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    "Just don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had taken the opportunity to make some comment through her characters about what this kind of brutality would do to children.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    I read all three books and was appalled at myself by the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With better words to speak


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Evan 04-20-12
    Evan 04-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "this series makes you want more."
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    it's very addicting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think this series forces you to realize that the world we live in today.. isn't as bad as it could be, but still not as great as it should be. Bottom line is, we all need to have a mockingjay in our lives, and it comes in all different shapes and sizes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the arena, how it got my heart pacing with excitement.


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

    The moment towards the end of the games when she held out the berries.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this book, you really need to, you won't regret it.. and I recommend reading it before watching the movie, if you've done the opposite, watch it again and check for differences.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    La El Cajon, CA, United States 11-17-11
    La El Cajon, CA, United States 11-17-11
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    "Amazing! Don't read at work."

    I'm actually at work right now as I write this. I wanted to warn you, if you get emotionally involved with your stories like I do, you might want to refrain from listening to it at work. My boss has looked back at me frequently as I squeak and whimper along.

    It's amazing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 11-10-11
    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "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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    peter Houten, Netherlands 11-27-10
    peter Houten, Netherlands 11-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "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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  • 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
  • Istvan
    Eger, Hungary
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Clonsilla, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Gerald Ley
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lauren
    BURY ST EDMUNDS, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    3/26/13
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    "Engaging and a real 'page turner'"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alasdair
    Petts Wood, United Kingdom
    3/5/13
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    "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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    halifax, United Kingdom
    2/14/13
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    "I am hooked!"

    Didn't expect to enjoy this so much! I love it.

    Haven't finished it yet but it is totally brilliant. Great story. Great narration! Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    2/4/13
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    "The Hunger Games"

    An absolutely amazing listen, kept me glued to it and i couldnt stop listening, amazing narration, a must listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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