The Hunger Games

Version: Unabridged
Author: Suzanne Collins
Narrator: Carolyn McCormick
Genres: Science Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Published In: October 2008
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 11 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (5)

Great story nut narrator...

Written by Anonymous on August 8th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The story was very complelling and the movie followed the story very closely. My only downside to the book was the narrator. Not sure what she could have done but even my 22 yr old daughter listened for a brief moment and was not overly impressed. All-in-all I loved the story.

Engrossing

Written by Ann Zimrin on January 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I rented this book so that I could listen to it with my college -age son, as we drove together on a long trip. He was skeptical at first, but before long we were both hooked. We actually didn't want to stop to eat, because we didn't want to stop listening. There is some very explicit violence which is disturbing, and I would be concerned that it could be stressful for a younger teenage audience, but we were enthralled by the story and the narration is great. It would be nice to listen to the next book on our next trip, but neither one of us wants to wait that long.

The Hunger Games

Written by Paperback Reader on December 26th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Enjoyable fiction. Not sure I will borrow the rest of the series however. I hope the movie is as good.

Pleasantly surprised

Written by Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on September 16th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

When I started reading the book, I was skeptical because of what the book was about, it just seemed so barbaric, which it is. A few chapters in, I started to get more and more interested and as soon as the games began, I was hooked. The end of the book left me wanting more and I'm looking forward to the movie that is due to come out next year.

The Hunger Games

Written by Joni from Emmett, ID on April 29th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I gave this book 5 stars because no book has ever haunted me the way this one did. I say haunted because it still affects me when I think about it. I really enjoyed it but it was not a feel good story (which is what I prefer). I could not stop listening to it and the ending left me wanting the next book so I could find out how it turns out. It is the first of 3 books, I hope that last book has a satisfying ending.

Author Details

Author Details

Collins, Suzanne

Suzanne Collins lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Mike Lester lives in Rome, Georgia.