The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a popular science fiction novel, released in 2008. The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic world of Panem. Panem is divided into 12 Districts, with the Capitol being the richest and most powerful, and District 12 the poorest and most suppressed. The regime in the Capitol takes advantage of the poorer districts, most prominently and cruelly through an annual televised event called The Hunger Games. In these games, one teenage boy and one teenage girl from every district must battle the other contestants to the death. The game ends when just one of the children is still alive.
When her younger sister is chosen as District 12’s girl contestant for the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place. She has just two options: kill or be killed…
This complete and unabridged version of The Hunger Games is narrated by Carolyn McCormick. It has a runtime of more than 11 hours.
The Hunger Games has been translated into 26 languages, and has quickly reached the status of classic. This book is the first in The Hunger Games trilogy. In 2009 the sequel Catching Fire was released, followed by the third and final book Mockingjay in 2010. All three books received international acclaim.
The success of the books led to the release of The Hunger Games movie by director Gary Ross in 2012. It was an international box office hit, starring upcoming actress Jennifer Lawrence as the main character Katniss Everdeen.
The beginning of the trilogy
An apocalyptic event destroys the country known as the United States. After this disaster, a new nation called Panem is born. It consists of 12, mostly poor districts under the control of the rich Capitol. Almost 75 years before the start of the story, a civil war raged in Panem. The rich Capitol prevailed over the Districts, and the most rebellious District 13 was destroyed.
After this war, the Capitol wanted to give a lasting punishment to the disobedient Districts. For this reason they created The Hunger Games. Like this, the people will never forget that the Capitol has all the control and power.
For the Hunger games, one boy and one girl aged 12–18 are randomly selected from each District as so-called “tributes”. They are brought to the Capitol, where they must fight against other teenagers in an arena. The only way to win is by killing all your opponents, and there can be only one winner.
The audiobook The Hunger Games begins in District 12, when Katniss Everdeen becomes a volunteer for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. The boy tribute chosen for District 12 is Peeta Mellark. Katniss and Peeta travel to the Capitol, where they enter a strange and decadent world. A team helps them to prepare for their fight. They receive a make-over, combat training, are well-fed for the first time in their lives and they appear on a tv-show to present themselves to the Capitols public. Like this, the tributes can attempt to get the interest of ‘Sponsors’, who can provide help during the Games.
Despite all their preparation, Katniss and Peeta know that their chances of winning are slim. The richer Districts are favored by the Capitol, and their contestants are called ‘Careers’. They train all their life, before volunteering to enter the Hunger Games. Often the Careers team up at the start, which makes it almost impossible for the poorer Districts to stand a chance.
But there is still hope, as strategy is the most important thing in The Hunger Games. Besides fighting, it is a matter of getting sponsors, surviving and staying safe. Everyone has a chance, and the battle is not over until all but one are dead…
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Why people like The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games offers an intriguing story with an interesting mix inside. Many of us like to watch TV-shows. We are constantly confronted with new televised extremes. But extreme reality television where contestants literally play with their life for the spectators entertainment seems very far-fetched. Or does it? Another important theme that has links with our own society, is the power that the rich often have over the poor.
Many critics and readers praise The Hunger Games for the way it presents these interesting topics. Experiencing the surreal events through the eyes of Katniss is both shocking and exciting.
About The Hunger Games movie
The Hunger Games movie was released in 2012. It brings the story of Katniss Everdeen to life in a spectacular way. This highly anticipated movie received mostly good reviews, and it was a worldwide hit in movie theaters.
The movie was directed by American writer Gary Ross, and starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Despite the bloody nature of the story, The Hunger Games movie is actually not very graphic in the display of the violence and killing. It is an action-packed and exciting movie. If you liked the audiobook, then you will probably like the movie too, because it stays quite true to the original story.
Actors in The Hunger Games:
• Stanley Tucci: Caesar Flickerman
• Wes Bentley: Seneca Crane
• Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss Everdeen
• Willow Shields: Primrose Everdeen
• Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne
• Elizabeth Banks: Effie Trinket
• Paula Malcomson: Katniss’ Mother
• Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark
The other books of the trilogy
The Hunger Games is just the start of a very popular trilogy. We can imagine you will want to know more about this story. You can do that by listening to the audio versions of the other two books in the trilogy too. Of course, we have all the necessary information about these books and where to get them.
Click here to find out more about Catching Fire, the second book in the trilogy (or go here for an instant download). And click here for more information about Mockingjay, the third and final book of the series (or go here for an instant download).