The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins
Read by Carolyn McCormick

The Hunger Games Trilogy: Book 1

11.18 Hours 10/01/2008 unabridged
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A heart-stopping, page-turning first novel of a new YA trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series.Format: 9 CDs, UnabridgedKatniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. NARRATED by Carolyn McCormick

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A #1 USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A New York Times Notable Book

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008: Children's Fiction

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2008

An Amazon Top 10 Book of 2008

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2008

A Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2008

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2008

Winner of the 2010 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Winner of the 2011 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

A heart-stopping, page-turning first novel of a new YA trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series.

Format: 9 CDs, Unabridged

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

NARRATED by Carolyn McCormick

Editorial Reviews

Editorial 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.” Stephenie Meyer
“[The Hunger Games] is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it.” Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced…A futuristic novel every bit as good and as allegorically rich as Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies books.” New York Times
“A plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance.” USA Today
“[A] stylish postmodern Lost in direct collision with Lord of the Flies.” Wall Street Journal
“Enthralling, imaginative, and creepy.” Los Angeles Times
“Readers will wait eagerly to learn more.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Collins’ characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like Survivor and American Gladiator.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] superb tale.” Booklist (starred review)
“Themes of government control, ‘Big Brother,’ and personal independence are explored amidst a thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival, and adventure readers. The suspense of this powerful novel will keep the reader glued to the page long after bedtime.” VOYA
“Impressive world-building, breathtaking action, and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Kathryn 9/13/2017
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Amazing!

This is a great book with a very good narrator. I liked her voice and she did a pretty good job with the inflections for other characters.
by Chai T 9/13/2017
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Not Original, But Still Fun

I have to say I didn’t really want to read The Hunger Games when I first heard of it. I’d read Lord of the Flies, and Battle Royale already, and from what I’d heard Hunger Games was similar to those two stories. Eventually the movie came out though, and when I saw it there were some things about it that I liked and some things I didn’t, but it seemed like the story was solid enough, and different enough that I should give it a chance in book form and see what all the hub-bub was really about.

Of course I still didn’t want to really read the book, so I thought I’d try downloading the audiobook and save my reading time for other things that I really did want to read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the audio version. Carolyn McCormic comes off as an older version of Katniss to me, or possibly Prim, depending on how the series turns out (I haven’t finished the whole thing yet) telling the story to us from sometime in the future (which works out pretty well since the whole story is in first person). The best part of the narration is when she actually sings the songs in the book. I always have a hard time reading words that are supposed to be sung. I can’t imagine the actual tune, so it’s nice to actually hear it for once.

Overall I liked the book well enough. The setting is a bleak and dystopian future where kids kill each other for some kind of game show/political punishment, kind of a cross between The Running Man and Battle Royal, not much new here. By the end of the book you have absorbed all the blood and irony you can take, and are left a little emotionally drained, since every chapter seems to leave off on a cliffhanger, always dragging you into the next to see how something turns out. I feel I was right about it not being an original concept, but where this book grabs me is in its promise for more story in the next book.

I mean I was left wondering at the end “where do we go from here”? The Hunger games are over, but I know there are 2 more books coming, so maybe this story can move beyond those that came before and offer something new. There were enough sci-fi futuristic elements to spark my interest, heaven knows I’ve read plenty of things I didn’t want to read that turned out worse than this. So I guess I’ll give the rest of them a go.

Overall I’m kind of wishy-washy on this one though. Still pretty typical dystopian future fiction, but different enough to be interesting, and while I was kind of ambivalent about Katniss as a character, the story overall was well written and drove the pace along nicely. Listening to the audiobook version of The Hunger Games made it a lot easier to digest for me too, while saving my reading time for other things. I’m looking forward to listening to Catching Fire now to see where this story goes.
by Stephen 9/13/2017
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Excellent Read!

I thought this book was so great I have read it at least 3 times all the way through. I loved the ease of use with the downpour app while plane trips! I thought the narration was near perfect for the story and plan on listening to more and more!
by Addi 9/13/2017
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Utterly addicting!!!

There is a good reason this book is so incredibly popular and has been made into a movie already. It's so incredibly addicting and moves at a quick pace that will draw you right in from the first couple chapters. I liked the narration and loved listening to it while doing other things (though it did cause some distractions). I would highly recommend to those who know the storyline (not for everyone) but I LOVED it!!
by Emerald Pointe 9/13/2017
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An OK Title

I decided to listen to the books after watching the movie, which I understand it should be the other way round. First off, I compliment the movie makers for the simple fact that I think the movie came very close to what the book had in subject and actions by the characters. This is an enjoyable series. In regard to the narrator, at first I was hesitant in listening to her style of reading, but quickly got used to the way she read. Decent narration, good story, good series.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Great Listen That Keeps You On the Edge...

I agree with Holly as far as the choice for the narrator. Granted, Katniss is a teenager during the story. However, the narrator seems to have the voice of a pre-teen. Once you can get past the voice of the narrator (which is easy since the story is so good) you will get wrapped up emotionally within the story.

I found myself truly caring for almost every character within this story and how brutal the government in Katniss' world is against each "District". The main character, Katniss, does have some annoying tendencies but I believe some would have the same if they were thrown into a death match game that's televised.

All in all, this is a great audio book that will suck you into the games!
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Not just for young adults

I'll preface this review by saying I didn't particularly care for the narrator they chose, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this story. Suzanne Collins has created a fascinating (and terrifying) world in which no kid is safe and the government always wins. . .or does it? The suspense continually builds, and the story sucks you in like a train wreck. You acknowledge that what is happening in these pages is awful, but you can't stop reading. I admit that Katniss, the main character, started bugging me to no end, but I do highly recommend this book. The second two are a different story, but that's another review for another day.

Author

Author Bio: Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins first made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers. Her debut for slightly older readers, The Hunger Games, immediately became a New York Times bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called “addictive” by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly and “amazing” by Stephenie Meyer on her website and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. It is now a major motion picture as well. The other two books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, also enjoyed enormous success. In April 2010, Collins was named to the Time 100 list of “the world’s most influential people.” Collins has also had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for cowriting the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby! She lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.18
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English