The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games

Unabridged: 11 hr 11 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 10/01/2008


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve 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 twelve and eighteen 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.

Author Bio

Best known for The Hunger Games Trilogy, author, Suzanne Collins, from Hartford, Connecticut has risen to star status in the literary field. Her works have sold more than 87 million copies worldwide.

Influenced by her college history teaching father, Suzanne learned about history, and especially war history, at a very early age. He was always very open to his children about his military career, including his time deployed to Vietnam Nam. She felt that her father had a sort of urgency to teach them, so they spent many family outings at one battlefield or another. Those tours were quite extensive and very comprehensive, giving her a learned sense of the meaning of war.

Suzanne began her career after graduation from graduate school at New York University. She started with children's television programs on Nickelodeon and the children's WB. It was with the WB'S James Proimos, who suggested she write books. Her first attempt was successful in The Underland Chronicles, and then followed by her hugely successful, The Hunger Games. By late spring of 2011, the first in the trilogy was adapted to film. Due to the immense popularity of her books, she was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people in 2010. The list is long and prestigious of the awards given to Suzanne Collins.


AudiobooksNow review by Jennifer on 2010-08-01 23:48:32

This is a wonderful, fast-paced, adventure written for young adults, but VERY MUCH enjoyed by old adults. If you ever wanted to share with your daughter a strong female character who faces difficult decisions and impossible choices, this is your chance!My book club spent hours discussing this book, so deep, so rich, so relevant!

AudiobooksNow review by Ruth on 2010-10-26 18:36:41

I pushed back on checking out this book despite it showing up on several must read lists. WOW it is really worthy of the raves. The world Suzanne Collins creates is fascinating and frightening. I was oft put by the idea of a game where children were forced to kill each other. And that remains disturbing, but once you decide to go for the ride, you really care about the characters - even if they are not your warm and fuzzy high school students. Excellent book and so glad I have the next one in hand already. Why have they NOT made this into a movie yet? Maybe it is the subject of kids killing each other?

AudiobooksNow review by RENEE on 2011-10-03 17:34:26

to see the movie!!! Wonderful story!

AudiobooksNow review by Alicia on 2012-04-17 21:37:01

This book was amazing! I loved reading it! It kept me up late into the night and when I did go to bed, everytime I woke up, I was thinking about the book.Suzanne Collins does an excellent job of writing her characters and setting her book in this made up world.I would definitely recommend this book and whole series to anyone.

AudiobooksNow review by Candis on 2013-03-15 14:42:14

This book as well as the others in this series were absolutely great.. Unlike many YA books, was written smartly enough to keep my nonya attention. Easy read yet a great story. Very thought provolking. Makes you really think what if. Great read for all.