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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins! 

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 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 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 death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

This special edition audiobook includes a bonus track Q&A with Tatiana Maslany!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008 Suzanne Collins (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Editor's Pick

FWIW, I’m team Peeta Tatiana
"Somebody give Tatiana Maslany all the awards. The youthful yet somber quality to her voice makes her a natural Katniss, breathing new life into Panem. I devoured Maslany’s new recordings this summer, but I have to admit there’s something very different about listening to The Hunger Games as a 31-year-old mom vs. listening to it as a teenager myself. I cried from the first chapter onward, but it’s just a testament to the compelling nature of Collins’s dystopian modern classic. "
Katie O., Audible Editor

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same great book but the performance.

same great book but the version performed by Carolyn McCormick are better. took me a while to realize I was listening to Nadia from parks and rec.

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the book is amazing

i love this book! my only problem with it is the reader sounded so bored. they should have kept the original person reading instead cause i couldnt even make it to the games before i had to give up. sorry Tatiana, you need to add life to what you read or else you might just ruin it

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great story

My 14 year old son and I really enjoyed the story. We are excited for the rest of the trilogy. That said, I really struggled with the readers voices for the characters, I mean really struggled.

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Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

The Hunger Games trilogy has been important to me ever since the first movie came out. I loved the symbolism, the storytelling, the protagonist, and the metaphor for war. I love that the mental health impacts of oppression, traumatic loss, parental mental illness, and war are represented in a way that neither glosses over psychological and functional imparements nor turns mental illness into a plot device. I love the gender role flipping. And I love that such a hard story is written in a way that is compelling, exciting, brutal, and digestible for young and old alike.

But when I bought the audiobook on sale a little while back, I was deeply disappointed. In this medium, the narrator can make or break the story, and the narrator they chose for the trilogy was all wrong for a trilogy that immerses readers so deeply inside of Katniss’s mind. Tatiana Maslany, however, is splendid. I know it was her first time narrating, and voice acting is so different from screen acting, but other than being a bit too breathy at times, I loved every minute. It was like rediscovering the joy of the Hunger Games all over again. I’m ten years older, but this story never gets old for me. It’s so important. I hope they bring Tatiana back to narrate the rest of the trilogy (hint hint).

I also enjoyed the extras. One was a short interview with Tatiana, included after the final chapter, in which she answers questions about what the Hunger Games has meant to her and her experience narrating the first book. The other extra is a PDF downloadable from your library here on Audible’s website, which includes the transcripts of two interviews—one with Suzanne Collins done to celebrate ten years, and the second a forum with Suzanne and Walter Dean Meyers about the importance of writing war stories suitable for children and youth. The extras may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved them.

Thank you to everyone who made this special edition happen. And, um... about the next two books... pretty pretty please?

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Great book, lackluster narration

Unfortunately this special edition recording features a VERY obviously inexperienced audiobook narrator, who constantly hesitates, cannot seem to keep a consistent volume and sighs every few words. She also sounds out of breath most of the time.

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Booooooo

Where can I find the version with the other reader. This is terrible. I couldn't finish this version.

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hard to listen to the performer

Amazing book but that narrator is hard to listen to. The voices she uses for Peeta and Haymitch are so irritating. There are times when Katniss is struggling through parts of the games and the narrator sounds constipated trying to convey the struggle-- i guess. I wish I’d bought a different version of this audio book. 10 hours of a girl trying to do boy/man voices and breathy straining. ugh.

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I hope she records the others

I have loved these books for years. I heard this was an excellent audiobook so I bought it and I don't regret it at all. I truly hope she records the other two at some point because she gets it. The dialogue is perfectly executed, the voices are great. You feel it. Catherine McCormick is wonderful but she just doesn't pull off the teenager vibe. I'm sad I've finished it already! I guess I'll have to listen again!

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Exceptional Narrator for an Exceptional Book

THIS is the audio version I highly recommend. I would avoid the other version that is almost painful to hear. This version is worthy of the book. I very much hope the remainder of the series will be rerecorded by this narrator - her performance is exceptional.

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Narration was horrible

Love the movies and was hoping to get more from the books. The narrator has no emotion and frankly I stopped after a few minutes. Irritated I wasted my first book free on it to be honest.

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  • Alison Morris
  • 12-05-18

Please have Tatiana narrate the next two books!

I am no stranger to the books or the movies and I was disappointed after listening to the sample of the other narrator.

The story is one of my favourites and to hear Tatiana’s Katniss has added new depth.

I very much look forward to purchasing the next two audiobooks in the series once they have also been performed by Tatiana.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-18

Great story. Superb narration.

An excellent story. Thrilling from start to finish. Tatiana Maslany makes it that much better I think. I’m really hoping she does the next 2 books. I can’t bring myself to listen to the robot that performs the only available option for books 2 & 3!

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  • B. Mair
  • 11-28-18

Way better narrator

Please have Tatiana Maslany read the rest of the series! The narration is miles better than the other version you have available. She actually sounds how Katniss should sound, rather than a robot!

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  • Eilidh
  • 04-03-19

Great new narrator!

Excellent narration! I much prefer it too the older audiobook. I am really hoping that they continue to work on the rest of the series!

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  • Scar
  • 02-17-19

This narrator is great! Please do sequels!!

This review is supposed to be optional! it isn't!!
all I can say is this narrator is awesome :) I can't stand the others, had to send them back! please have this narrator do the sequels and I'll buy them!!

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  • Crimsonviw
  • 05-14-19

great

really good book, had only seen the movies but really not disappointed!
absolutely love the narration, feels natural and the voice is really calming.
great job !

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  • Luke
  • 02-11-21

Rubbish Ending (No Spoilers)

The story has no real end. I feel left hanging like a turd. I want a conclusion now not in book 3 or something 😡

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  • Kaine Edwards
  • 01-23-20

I loved listening to this story

This story is amazing, every second of it is amazing and gripped me from the start. The performance of Tatiana was unbelievable and she was a big part of my enjoyment. Overall 5 stars 💜

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  • Laputian Queen
  • 01-19-20

marvellous!

could listen to it all over again! lovely voice and great changing between the characters. thanks Tatiana!

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  • Therese McInerney
  • 04-27-19

Excellent performance by Tatiana

Just finished listening to the first book but now I’m so disappointed the other two books aren’t available yet by Tatiana. Any chance is it in the pipeline?
Such a great story by Suzanne Collins.

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  • W*BvK
  • 09-19-19

Better Than The Movie, Best Narrator on Audible.

I listened to the entire book in two days and immediately jumped into Book 2 and 3.
Disney Pixar should be courting young Tatiana Maslany for a new project. Totally enchanting and igniting my imagination and memories of the movies.
Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-19

Amazing!! 11 out of 10

Amazing story, amazing performance!
I’ve read Hunger Games many times, but listening to the audiobook is a wonderful experience.
Tatiana Maslany IS Katniss Everdeen.
Her performance is captivating and pulls you into the story even more. I cried my eyes out when she sung to ____.
I would definitely recommend everyone listen to this audiobook.

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  • Tags
  • 10-20-19

a must listen

way better than the movie! Very engaging, emotional, thrilling and explored the entire thought process of Katniss through out the book. Great book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-15-19

The best audiobook ever!!

The story is so powerful and with such emotion.

The performance captured perfectly the essence that is Katnis and was able seemlessly voice all other characters that it felt like a full cast.


I love that emotion was conveyed so brilliantly that I felt them so exactly.


This is simple the best audio book ever... the performance is just phenomenal and the story is enhanced by that, a story that is so amazing, hard hitting and so socially relevant I didn't know it could get better, but it did

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-19

better than movie

excellent narration better than movie enjoyed the detail of the story telling and action yes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-19

Fantastic storytelling

Tatiana Maslany was fantastic. I didn't know about her until I listened to this audiobook.

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  • Marina Lloyd Jones
  • 11-23-21

Amazeballs

I story was so good the narrator makes it sound like there is a whole cast. Overall loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-21

Definitely recommend

Great story and great reading.
I love the books, the movies, and now these audiobooks as well. Have just purchased the next two.
Tatiana did an amazing job reading. the perfect compromise between reading a book and watching a movie that doesnt cut out all the good bits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-21

Battle Royale

It is like the Japanese movie Battle Royale. The idea that this story is happening in a future state of North America is far out. Yes, try and make it believable, but surely her hunting partner from district twelve was revealed, and yet hunting was illegal. Always imagined the storyline in each book of the series is very similar, suppose I will have to find out. Also in terms of believability, I understand it is a free for all, but if the rules are known beforehand, surely the contestants can just refuse to kill each other. Because to give up your own life, refusing to kill during the whole game, not just some final trick of double suicide, is a degree of love the book hardly touched on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

Absolutely brilliant

Tatiana maslaney is just excellent at narrating this book, it’s like she is Katniss, even her male voice, like when she talks at Peeta is really good, in fact all of her different voices are great. I love it and would recommend to anyone who loves a good story. When I listen to it , it’s like I go there in my mind, visually imagining as Tatiana speaks, and I find it just so encapsulating and enjoyable. I think it’s my 4th time listening to this book. Fully recommend .