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.
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Critic 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." (Stephanie Meyer)
"Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." John Green, ( New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By RFC on 09-09-2015

Story: good. Narration style: not so much

I did like the story and the story-telling but I really could not get on board with the style of narration of this audiobook.
The Hunger Games is deservedly a best selling novel. The heroine Katniss Everdeen is bold, protective young girl with the heart of a fighter. But she is also somewhat socially inept and at times insecure and confused - not uncommon for a teenager.
The Katniss from Carolyn McCormicks narration is continuuosly exasperated, worried and sounds like she needs rescueing. McCormick's Katniss sounds more like a frail damsel in distress than a stroppy teenager. Even though Katniss is at times a bit thick to understand what is going on but with this narrations she appears even more naive. It is not just Katniss' character who lacks toughness. McCormick's voice regularly conveys fear and sorrow (plenty of opportunity for that in the book) but I could rarely hear a convincingly angry or aggressive person (plenty of situations there, too!).
What is more McCormick has a very slow pace of speaking drawing out the vowels unnecessarily ("eyes" become "ahhyes"). The majority of her speech sounded more bearable when I played it at 1.25x speed.
Sometimes it felt like she was trying to calm down an angry horse by talking slowly in a low, soothing voice. - Only after a while it did the exact opposite of "soothe" to me.

Despite the narrator's voice I could not stop listening to hear how the story would go on.

I really like the book (and the other 2) and I might listen to them again, if they were told by a different narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 10-02-2015

mostly good

The narrator's voices were fairly similar and some were annoying, but not enough to ruin the book. Overall it was fine, give it a listen first to see if you find it annoying.

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4 out of 5 stars
By tcp100 on 27-12-2011

Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

Not at all. The narrator would define the noun

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

Almost every part except hearing it read out loud.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her false accent, if you want to call it that, is way too distracting. She gets a little too weird describing the food, too (I know that's an integral theme in the book, but it shouldn't sound... sexual.) She does the forceful parts no justice, almost making a caricature of them.

Any additional comments?

Sad to see the whole series is narrated by the same person. I'm hoping she got some tips after the first and improved it - we'll see.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 08-03-2013

Performance ruined it

This is a great story that the reader absolutely destroyed. She sounds like she's skipping through a field of daisies with a whimsical smile on her face during every scene. Wrong book for that, dear. This book is for young adults, not challenged 5 year olds. Boo. I want my credit back.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rhiannon on 15-05-2012

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Neill on 07-07-2012

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.

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