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The Hunger Games Audiobook

The Hunger Games

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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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    Dubi New York, NY 06-02-14
    Dubi New York, NY 06-02-14
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    "Favorable Odds Despite Odd Narration"
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    My middle school daughter has read the Hunger Games series more times than a good parent should allow. But she had a problem with the first movie: she didn't like the jittery camera work in the arena. She did not know enough about filmmaking to know that it was because they used hand-held cameras. But I subsequently learned that she was right -- the major flaw pointed out by many reviewers was the overuse of the jarring hand-held camera.

    I got the audiobook ahead of a long road trip she and I had to take. I surprised her with it in the car. She was excited. For five minutes. Then she asked me to turn it off. She hated the narrator. Again, she was right -- look at the reviews, and that is the number one complaint. My daughter is not one to just hate anything anyone does to her favorite book -- she loves Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as only a tweener can. But the camera work ruined the movie for her and the narration ruined the audiobook.

    But the book shines through nevertheless. The story is original, engaging, so tragically symbolic of what has been done to our young people in the Vietnam War (the author having been inspired by her father's experiences there) and in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was ongoing during the writing. I am grateful to Suzanne Collins for having conveyed such important messages to my daughter through the conventions of YA dystopian fiction.


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

    In a work made up cover to cover of memorable moments, one can't ever go wrong by picking out the obvious highlights -- the reaping of Prim, the girl on fire, the death of Rue, the berries.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Declined the job. She is too old, she has the wrong accent, her dialogue voices don't work. It probably doesn't matter since the audiobook would surely sell as well as the original book and the movie, but what a shame that they chose the wrong narrator and kept her for all three volumes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 03-15-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 03-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I expected"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I really enjoyed this book; I was worried that it wouldn't live up to all the hype, but it was great. I didn't see the movies before watching, I had little idea what the book was about, other than a girl with a bow and arrow, and I loved this book. I couldn't stop listening to it.


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

    Trick question!


    Any additional comments?

    I powered through this whole series pretty quickly because I really enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed the characters, just because Katniss was a young girl, she didn't act too juvenile, I enjoyed listening to her train of thoughts as she worked through problems

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    louise 10-18-17
    louise 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "good but poor voice choices"

    the story is great. I'm not a fan of the reader's style when doing characters voices. you can tell she is a good reader but she chose to make Katniss' voice way too girlish for her character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith W. Lewis 10-14-17
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    "loved the book"

    very very cool book thanks though it was a little hard to listen too at timed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rolinda Carver 10-03-17
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    "Come on, Really?"

    Really? The reading was amazing, but the ending..... I wish I could change it... Something I can listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Petersen SEATTLE 09-25-17
    Bryan Petersen SEATTLE 09-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"

    The reader has a great voice and says everything clearly. I have already read the book, so I just sleep to this every night...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rod C. 09-22-17
    Rod C. 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It's an amazing book"

    This was an a amazing book. Great story and amazing plot. Best book I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeAnne 09-22-17
    LeAnne 09-22-17
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    "Need new Narrator"

    I know I'd love the book but the narrator is just not right. She has to old of a voice to Invision your hearing the thoughts and voice of Katniss. I couldn't even get through first chapter. My advise would be recast narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 09-21-17
    09-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, talk about a cliffhanger!!!!!!!!"

    I could not believe when it was over! I had not read the book so I was on pins and needles waiting to see what happened.......was not paying attention to time.......

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    Failas 09-19-17
    Failas 09-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    I've listened to this book 6+ times and still enjoy it every time. I only wish the series was longer.

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  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    7/1/13
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    "Brilliant & addictive."

    I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
    Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
    The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
    The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.

    I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.

    I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
    From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thom
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    10/24/11
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    "Young Adult?"

    I never did understand the need to squeeze book (or any other media or art form) into genres such as 'Young Adult' or 'Teen'. I am 48 years old and thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series. A such is the same for The Hunger Games. A well written (and in this case narrated) book I have just finished Part 1 of the Audio Book and am looking forward to the second part.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Great book, robotic reading."

    This is a fantastic story, full of drama, action and excitement, as well as a very well written main character who you instantly become attached to, despite her prickly personality. The book is clearly read, although the woman's voice was difficult to listen to, to begin with. She is quite robotic and doesn't inject much life into the characters, she sometimes misjudges the tone or idea behind some of the speech. However you soon get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about this and it only becomes a minor irritant every now and again!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Neath, United Kingdom
    9/4/12
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    "Loved the book so much more than the Film"

    It was the publicity surrounding the release of the DVD that got me interested in listening to this book, What a great decision that was, the book is very well read and had me gripped from the moment it began.
    I sped through the story in a couple of days, it was a truely captivating with the characters coming alive in the mind.
    The story of poverty and oppression has been done before but this seemed so refreshing to have it done so well, I am really looking forward to the second and third books that I also have downloaded from Audible.
    Today I watched the DVD and whilst it was enjoyable it did not do the book justice.
    But this is a review of the book and as such it is a 5 star cracker of a story.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    4/25/12
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    "The Hunger Games"

    The narrators voice is incredibly annoying, not enough emotion in her voice at all. Very flat and grating. Such a shame as there is over 10hours of her talking but I'm not sure if I can listen to the whole book!! Great story ruined by the narrator who puts no passion into her narrating. Such a shame, very disappointed.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    invergordon, United Kingdom
    2/28/12
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    "Loved it!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it, I have listened to over 100 books and would rate this in my top 5!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    7/11/13
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    "awesome book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was the best book I have listened to in a year (and I listen to a lot). The scenario was well described and story moved along at a sharp pace. The plot was unpredictable and interesting. Recommended.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neill
    United Kingdom
    7/7/12
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    "good book shame about the reader"

    I enjoyed the story but didn't like the reader. Very unconvincing when she had to do male voices. Also a lot of mispronounciation even allowing for the differences in American and English. Would have been better to have had several readers. Am not going to listen to the sequels for this reason. Have bought them on Kindle.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Hsin Yi
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    12/6/08
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    "Exciting!"

    Great book! I enjoyed it so much, an exciting story!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    4/12/12
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    "Great book, disappointing audiobook."

    Let me begin by saying that Suzanne Collins' novel is incredible! I really enjoyed reading the whole trilogy; however, my disappointment came when I purchased this audiobook for friends to listen to on a long car journey. The reader has a clear and strong voice and I'm sure is very suited to other texts, but not appropriate for The Hunger Games. She reads the text very slowly almost as if she is reading a recipe. It's incongruous with the pacy, first person, present tense narrative of the Hunger Games. There was just no drama or tension being developed in the way it was read. I do not want to sound overly critical of the reader, but as I said: disappointing.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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