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The Hunger Games: Special Edition

Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
5 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins! 

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 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 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 death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

This special edition audiobook includes a bonus track Q&A with Tatiana Maslany!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008 Suzanne Collins (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

The Hunger Games trilogy has been important to me ever since the first movie came out. I loved the symbolism, the storytelling, the protagonist, and the metaphor for war. I love that the mental health impacts of oppression, traumatic loss, parental mental illness, and war are represented in a way that neither glosses over psychological and functional imparements nor turns mental illness into a plot device. I love the gender role flipping. And I love that such a hard story is written in a way that is compelling, exciting, brutal, and digestible for young and old alike.

But when I bought the audiobook on sale a little while back, I was deeply disappointed. In this medium, the narrator can make or break the story, and the narrator they chose for the trilogy was all wrong for a trilogy that immerses readers so deeply inside of Katniss’s mind. Tatiana Maslany, however, is splendid. I know it was her first time narrating, and voice acting is so different from screen acting, but other than being a bit too breathy at times, I loved every minute. It was like rediscovering the joy of the Hunger Games all over again. I’m ten years older, but this story never gets old for me. It’s so important. I hope they bring Tatiana back to narrate the rest of the trilogy (hint hint).

I also enjoyed the extras. One was a short interview with Tatiana, included after the final chapter, in which she answers questions about what the Hunger Games has meant to her and her experience narrating the first book. The other extra is a PDF downloadable from your library here on Audible’s website, which includes the transcripts of two interviews—one with Suzanne Collins done to celebrate ten years, and the second a forum with Suzanne and Walter Dean Meyers about the importance of writing war stories suitable for children and youth. The extras may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved them.

Thank you to everyone who made this special edition happen. And, um... about the next two books... pretty pretty please?

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Exceptional Narrator for an Exceptional Book

THIS is the audio version I highly recommend. I would avoid the other version that is almost painful to hear. This version is worthy of the book. I very much hope the remainder of the series will be rerecorded by this narrator - her performance is exceptional.

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Finally a narrator that isn't annoying!

Its about time! Finally, someone has realized that having a good narrator is key to selling an audio book! I really hope that they release the rest of the series using Tatiana Maslany. She is absolutely what this book needed!

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Makes me love the story again!

This recording made me fall in love with the story all over again. Captivating book, but the narration this time around is spot on. Tatiana does an amazing job. I hope the other books in the series will be done with her as well. Reminded me why I love this series.

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Excellent rendition, the reader is fantastic!

"It's another big, big, big, day"...nuff said...she is a fantastic reader! She really is able to bring each character to life, while staying inside Katniss's head.

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When can we expect the rest of the series?

I love Tatiana Maslany. The different voices she can do are so impressive. This recording sounds like there is an entire cast. I can’t even listen to the other recording ma of this series by the other narrator. I want more Tatiana!!

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The narrator is amazing

Of all the audiobooks I have listened to, which is getting to be quite a list, this is one of the best performances by the narrator I have ever heard. Through her voice you can hear the emotions of the main character, Catness, clearly, but beyond that, she also portrays the subtler things like fatigue, exertion, pain. These are the kind of things that a narration rarely portrays. It is as if Katniss is truly giving us a running narration of everything as it is happening in real time.

As for the book itself, I had only ever seen the movie before listening. The book is excellent and vivid in its imagery. It may have had a lot to do withe the performance, but it does lead you into Katniss' world and let you see, feel and experience everything. I truly enjoyed this book.

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Narrator brings the book to life!!

Best audiobook I've listened to in years! This is a BINGE LISTEN!!! Story and narration is a perfect match.

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I hope she records the others

I have loved these books for years. I heard this was an excellent audiobook so I bought it and I don't regret it at all. I truly hope she records the other two at some point because she gets it. The dialogue is perfectly executed, the voices are great. You feel it. Catherine McCormick is wonderful but she just doesn't pull off the teenager vibe. I'm sad I've finished it already! I guess I'll have to listen again!

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Excellent narration! Thank you Tatiana Maslany.


We know this story, and its very well told. Hearing Tatiana read/perform this is just a treat.

I love listening to audio books on my commute and this is now in the rotation... again and again.

Tatiana does a great job capturing the mood, the changing characters and the overall flow of this story. I really hope she reads the next two books of this series as well.

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  • Alison Morris
  • 12-05-18

Please have Tatiana narrate the next two books!

I am no stranger to the books or the movies and I was disappointed after listening to the sample of the other narrator.

The story is one of my favourites and to hear Tatiana’s Katniss has added new depth.

I very much look forward to purchasing the next two audiobooks in the series once they have also been performed by Tatiana.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-18

Great story. Superb narration.

An excellent story. Thrilling from start to finish. Tatiana Maslany makes it that much better I think. I’m really hoping she does the next 2 books. I can’t bring myself to listen to the robot that performs the only available option for books 2 & 3!

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  • B. Mair
  • 11-28-18

Way better narrator

Please have Tatiana Maslany read the rest of the series! The narration is miles better than the other version you have available. She actually sounds how Katniss should sound, rather than a robot!

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  • Rob
  • 02-20-19

loved it!

A really interesting story from a first person perspective, I really enjoyed the whole book, very well narrated

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  • S. V. Carson
  • 02-17-19

This narrator is great! Please do sequels!!

This review is supposed to be optional! it isn't!!
all I can say is this narrator is awesome :) I can't stand the others, had to send them back! please have this narrator do the sequels and I'll buy them!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-19

Great book with outstanding narration.

Tatiana delivered powerful and at times emotional narration to this classic. I've read the books a couple of times already, but this added a whole new layer of depth to the story

I am however sad to see that Tatiana only narrated the first book (so far).

I hope to see more from her!

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  • Jessica
  • 02-04-19

Amazing

I loved it so very much, I nearly listened to the whole thing in one go

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  • C G NEWALL
  • 02-03-19

Great new narration

I love this story, but... I have never bought books 2 and 3 on audio, because of the narration, the actress for me was the wrong choice. Tatiana however, this is perfect, a great fit, the personality is there. I hope Tatiana does book 2 and 3 I will definitely purchase

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  • Mr. James Smithers
  • 01-17-19

Needed a bit more grit

For me, I would have liked this to be a bit grittier. More meaty death scenes and angrier in a way. Perhaps I am to used to longer more detailed books. This one, although a good few hours long just lacked a few more hours to cram a bit more detail I thought.

A very good book all be told. 3.5/3.75 score.

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  • Ethan
  • 11-22-18

Terrible narration!

After listening to all three books which I thoroughly enjoyed; Downloading and listening to this version narrated by Tatiana Maslany was such a disappointment! It doesn’t even hold a candle to the vocal talents of Carolyn MaCormick. Got a refund on this just not worth buying.

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