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4.3772972972973 out of 54.3772972972973 out of 54.3772972972973 out of 54.3772972972973 out of 54.3772972972973 out of 5 4.38 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Collins Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hunger Games Trilogy Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545142915
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While written with a young adult audience in mind, The Hunger Games is incredibly appealing for adults as well. Set in a futuristic North America where merely surviving the day is an achievement, The Hunger Games sets the stage for a struggle that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Sixteen year old Katniss, called Catnip by her best friend Gale, learned how ruthless life can be from an early age. Forced to become the main provider of sustenance for her mother and sister, she has developed skills that will be essential for her survival as her life takes a turn towards disaster.

The twelve districts are punished each year, for rebelling against the Central government decades ago, by being forced to sacrifice two of their children to the Hunger Games. When young Prim's name is pulled, Katniss quickly acts to substitute herself for her young sister. The boy from the district that will face the challenges with her is the baker's boy, Peeta. He showed a kindness to Katniss years ago that she has always felt obligated to repay. Now with their lives hanging in the balance, she may just get her wish.

Katniss knows that she will face starvation, thirst and 23 others who want to see her dead once they reach the arena. The Gamekeepers ensure that only one survivor will remain even if it means forcing the contestants together by any means necessary. Slighter than many of the others, Katniss will need skills learned in the forest with Gale to make it to the end. Their mentor works out a plan, encouraging Peeta and Katniss to appear to be in love, with the hopes that it will help them secure the rich sponsors they will need during the upcoming struggle. In the end, no matter what they feel for each other, they realize that they cannot both come out of the ordeal alive.

Internationally best-selling author Suzanne Collins has been writing for children in some capacity since 1991. She started out in television programming for children, and was convinced to delve into writing books for them by fellow author James Proimos. Born in Connecticut in 1962; her father was an Air Force officer moving the family frequently throughout the eastern part of the country. She graduated with majors in Telecommunications and Drama from Indiana University, and has worked on shows for the popular children's network Nickelodeon. Collins resides in Connecticut with her husband and children.

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
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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008: Children's Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • An Amazon Top 10 Book of 2008
  • Winner of the 2010 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2008
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2008
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2008
  • Winner of the 2011 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/19/2014

    " So different and fun to read. Page turner. I enjoyed these books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Berkshire | 2/15/2014

    " The Hunger Games is a strong book for young adults, one that helps them look at and understand realistic fiction. While this book isn't the best for younger audiences, it's definitely a good 5th-adult type of book. The characters are pretty good, the pacing is nice, and the world that it introduces us to is interesting enough that you want to keep reading. The Hunger Games themselves being the main focus of the book, as you wonder what will happen next as they keep on changing things in the middle of the games. It's a definite must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sneha | 2/15/2014

    " Truly amazing..! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniela Hernandez | 2/12/2014

    " This book is addictive, once you have started you can't stop reading, Suzanne did an amzing job with this book, one of my favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bj | 1/23/2014

    " Surprised myself! Nice, enjoyable quick reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spacegeisha | 1/23/2014

    " Very exciting, though not very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ute Oduol | 1/16/2014

    " Quick, fun and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Drilling | 1/4/2014

    " This book was okay, but had a lot of violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody Yarnall | 12/23/2013

    " . We watched the movie so I decided this would be my next book. Entertaining, gruesome. Interesting survival skills that were well played by Kitness, whose Character was well defined. not much depth in the other characters. The theme is familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie Wells | 10/30/2013

    " Love this series. Easy to read and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mssmithvssa | 10/25/2013

    " Sentence level structure is pretty boring, but the levels of conflict in plot are awesome. I will say though, this is one book where I actually liked the movie better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Maclean | 10/18/2013

    " I was very late to this party, but thankfully I got on board before the movie came out. LOVED this book. It's not perfect, but it's pretty ingenious and it moves so quickly, you can barely catch your breath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Carter | 9/29/2013

    " This book is a adventurous story with love hate and tragedy. I recommend this book for people that like change and action "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Goodrich | 8/31/2013

    " Loved it and couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 6/19/2013

    " When Katniss Evergreens sister Prim is chosen for the hunger games. Katniss voluent tears. The boy tribute is Peeta. They are taken to the capitol. Juring the interviews Peeta says he has a crush on Katniss it changes the hole games. Will it turn out for the better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/15/2013

    " Good book, though the series was ruined for me in the second and third book. I wouldn't suggest reading the second or third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/4/2012

    " This book was so addicting, I didn't get any sleep until I finished it. But it was well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooja | 11/29/2012

    " not my favourite fantasy fiction, but an interesting read. the book is futuristic while regressive at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/24/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book. I actually stayed up late to try and finish it. And the audiobook was just as good. I've read the first book three times already, it's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 10/28/2012

    " Epic read I loved this book so Much I am speechless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie G | 5/31/2012

    " Written well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jagger Mckellar | 12/9/2011

    " ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 10/9/2011

    " I loved this entire series I liked the dark premise of it. The author took my into their world and out of my own. I adored it. Yep that isn't a very good review but it's my first one. sooo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Lincoln Fenn | 6/20/2011

    " If you're thinking "Twilight" or "Hunger Games", read "Hunger Games" instead. Subsequent books in the series felt redundant though plot-wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cori | 5/25/2011

    " Loved it! A thoroughly engaging series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/25/2011

    " I love this book, even thoguh the begining is strange, the middle and end really gets you into alot of detail! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 5/25/2011

    " One word amazing :)

    Imagine surviver only the contestant are teenagers and oh yeah they have to fight to the death...
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milla | 5/25/2011

    " It is amasing book. I read it only 2 days (generally in the nights ;) I liked the main characters described by auothor, very interesting and original scenario and amasing the finish!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/25/2011

    " Thought it was well done for such a heart wrenching theme. Who wants to think about population control, or dictatorship, children being forced to fight to the death; and yet it was interesting, well read. I fell in love with the characters and couldn't wait to get to the second and third books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 5/24/2011

    " I hated this book and I'm surprised I even finished it. I don't mind violent books or movies, but such violence with children?? Lord of the Flies was one thing, this book goes to a whole 'nother realm - and not a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 5/24/2011

    " I couldn't put down any book of the trilogy, but The Hunger Games definitely was the best. I've always liked a good story about a dystopian society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/24/2011

    " I couldnt put it down! i read the whole thing in a day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/24/2011

    " Don't read any of the books in this trilogy until you have several hours where you don't have to do anything else. Seriously. It's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/24/2011

    " Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. 12 yo devoured it in 2 days. Parents should screen and be sure it's right for their child. It might disturb sensitive kiddos. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives. Her audiobook narration has won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.