Extended Audio Sample

Download The Hunger Pains: A Parody Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Hunger Pains: A Parody Audiobook, by The Harvard Lampoon Click for printable size audiobook cover
2.89 out of 52.89 out of 52.89 out of 52.89 out of 52.89 out of 5 2.89 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Harvard Lampoon Narrator: Joy Osmanski Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442349957
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

WINNING MEANS WEALTH, FAME, AND A LIFE OF THERAPY LOSING MEANS DEATH, BUT ALSO FAME! THIS IS THE HUNGER PAINS

When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_005783

Quotes & Awards

  • “This book makes me wish I’d never been shot.”

    Abraham Lincoln 

  • The Hunger Pains really struck a chord with me.”

    Kantkiss, protagonist of The Hunger Pains 

  • “The book always falls through my hands, but in an undeniably funny way.”  

    A Ghost

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Sapper | 2/18/2014

    " Good God, this book was funny! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 LinseyM | 2/18/2014

    " This is pretty appalling stuff. I thought it would be funny but no, maybe it is because I love Collins' trilogy so much that to do this to it is sacrilegious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 2/1/2014

    " This book was so bad, that if it were an option, I would give it 0 stars. I get that it's a parody and maybe I would like their Twilight parody better because I hated Twilight, but this wasn't even funny to me. First of all, their humor was bad (they called Haymitch, Buttitch for one... seriously??) and I felt the whole story was just overall crappy (but maybe that's because I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, so it kind of irks me that people would make fun of it... I guess I should have expected that going in). The only redeeming quality of this book is that it was super short, so thankfully my misery was short-lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/18/2014

    " Sometimes lampoons/spoofs seem kind of brainless and silly to me, but this one had some thoughtful kickers, and managed to poke fun at both the The Hunger Games and the dystopian teen genre in general. I also liked the nod to Japan's Hunger Games predecessor, Battle Royale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 1/17/2014

    " I liked it. Some parts were really funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeretta Hall | 1/14/2014

    " The Hunger Pains is a parody of The Hunger Games. While at first, the gags and jokes are funny, they quickly tire. I can understand if you changed one or two things from the actual books (like some of the character personalities and the setting of the arena). But after a while the gags got kind of old. If they had stuck with just Kantkiss being an idiot, the book would have been funny the whole way through. Also, killing a baby is never funny...once they gruesomely killed Run, I was ready for the book to be over. Funny until a certain point and clearly the ribs at the original books were funny. But take it lightly and pretty much stop reading when Kantkiss and Run become allies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2014

    " Thus book was OK. Not as funny as some reviews tried to make it sound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel Ostrowski | 1/6/2014

    " It was okay. Funny for fans of the Hunger Games, but with a lot of "second grade humor". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snarglepuff | 12/5/2013

    " Funniest book I have ever read! It was great! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lacey | 11/17/2013

    " Sigh this was really dumb... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 11/6/2013

    " Oh my god.... It was just sooooo stupid. Not even stupid-funny. Just stupid-stupid. I can see tweens enjoying it because they live in that mindset, but anyone above the age of 14 will most likely find it badly done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 10/25/2013

    " It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. There were a few times when I actually laughed out loud. I was kind of disapointed. I actually found it hard to keep reading because of just how ridiculous it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 7709tomas | 8/9/2013

    " I think the author did a great job making this laugh out loud parody and basing it off of another great book "The Hunger Games." I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh. I gave this book 5 stars because it is the funniest book i have ever read/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Theriault | 7/14/2013

    " This was lent to me by a student, and I'll admit that it definitely had its funny moments. Smash was a standout favorite for me. Even though I LOVED The Hunger Games, it did fall into the YA trap of repetition and character cliches, and those are on full display here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alli | 7/7/2013

    " I did not like this anywhere near as much as I did Nightlight, also by the Harvard Lampoon. I was actually quite bored while I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimen *Vampire Bookworm* | 5/27/2013

    " BWAHAHAHAHA! I love The Hunger Games and even though this one made fun of it, it was much too enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/18/2012

    " Okay this was hilariously clever for the first half of the book, then once they went into the games it just got stupid and I kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. The first half deserves a 5/5 while the second half deserves a 0/5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurtis Wheatley | 2/11/2012

    " (NON SPOILER)I thought this was a very funny and amusing book that really kept me laughing almost 100% percent of the time and I recommend this hilarious parody to all Hunger Games fans. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

The Harvard Lampoon is the world’s longest-running humor magazine. Written by college undergraduates and modeled on British magazine Punch, the 1876 debut issue took the Harvard campus by storm. Early publications set the pattern for continued success with a strong emphasis on illustration and satire. Lampoon alumni include many noted comedians, authors, actors, and screenwriters.

About the Narrator

Joy Osmanski, theater, television, and film actress, is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards. She graduated from Principia College with a degree in creative writing and received her MFA from UC San Diego.