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The Hunger Games: Special Edition

Written by: Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
Series: Hunger Games, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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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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Amazing

The version is so amazing. I’m not usually a fan of first person POV but audiobook format is the way to go for this type. It feels like someone telling you their life story and it’s amazing.

Tatiana Maslany IS Katniss. She is perfect. If they don’t get her to do Catching Fire and Mockingjay I will riot.

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the definitive Katniss

I've always loved this book, but Tatiana Maslany brings it to a whole new level. She goes above and beyond in her narration. She -IS- Katniss Everdeen.

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emotion provoking

loved it
wayyyy better than the movie and added so much depth! would reccomend for sure

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the hunger games

I loved this book. of course I've seen the movies, but the book was much better. Tatiana is an incredible talent - as we've seen in orphan black. she brings so much to the story. I most definitely recommend this book. enjoy!

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Amazing Narration

I've read the books and watched the movies. listening to the book with this narrator was an excellent experience. She really enhanced the story. Definitely worth a listen! I'll be listening to the other books for sure.

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Loved it !!! Amazing narrator !!!

Love Hunger games. Katniss Everdeen is a beautiful exemple of a fictional strong and determined female caracter.

Tatiana Maslany does an A-Ma-Zing job !!!!

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Love it!

This is one of the first audiobooks I listened to, and it drew me in just as quickly this time as it did five years ago. The narrator is perfect. The story is well know. Exceptionally well presented.

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Amazing

Tatiana was perfect at bringing the characters to life she'd have made a great Katniss in the movies too tbh.

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Totally worth buying the audiobook again.

I absolutely loved hearing the booked performed by Tatiana!

I hope they do more 1st person books with the main actor/actress. It was like reliving the movie, but with all my favourite parts of the book that didn’t make it into the film. Loved it!

She was even able to echo her co-stars speaking patterns. Sometimes I just got lost in it and it felt like I was listening to the full cast from the movie.

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  • Dyl
  • 2020-06-27

Very well written, Engaging voice

I decided to reread the hunger games and it holds up amazingly. the voice actress is amazing!

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  • guppie1976
  • 2020-01-26

Terrible Reader

This new version is absolutely terrible. The reader was painful to listen to-it’s as though she’s never heard people speak in real life. She mostly spoke in a monotone, occasionally puting an emphasis in an awkward or incorrect spot. All of her character voices are identical, so it’s never clear who is speaking. Her version of Katniss is sullen and heavily sedated through the whole story.
Don’t waste your money on this version-go to your local library and get the original audiobook version.

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  • Carly Jurica
  • 2018-11-02

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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  • Lavin214
  • 2019-08-28

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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  • April Brady
  • 2019-08-15

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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  • ryan masingale
  • 2019-11-28

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-14

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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  • N. Grace
  • 2019-01-09

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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  • Mika
  • 2018-11-04

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-21

Hunger Games: special edition.

I only made it thru seven chapters before shutting it off. She reads with no emotion with lots of pauses. I felt like I was being read a story at daycare. How can I get the other narrarated version. I borrowed a kindle that got me hooked on audio books and that had a much better reader. The story is great but I can't listen to this one it's really bad.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-06-22

A certain classic!

I read and reviewed The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the HUNGER GAMES prequel by 64 years that gave the background of the hated future President Snow, one month ago when it was released. I read the original Hunger Games novel 12 years ago when it was released. Few if any other Teen and YA Fiction novels have had the impact of the Hunger Games series. The current audio editions of the first three audio books in the series were published during the last two years. My age was 65 when I first read Hunger Games and I read it at the same time as my three oldest grandchildren as well as their parents. I continue to marvel at the imagination of author Suzanne Collins. It shows that excellent teen and YA fiction has a much broader age range appeal than its target audience. Make no mistake this series is dark (which is true of much teen fiction) but life can be dark. From my perspective Mockingjay is even darker than Hunger Games or Catching Fire.

Since I do not plan o review Catching Fire or Mockingjay I will state here that I remain more than a little miffed at author Suzanne Collins for killing off Primrose (the younger sister of series protagonist Katniss Everdeen) in Mockingjay.

I very, very highly recommend this entire series.

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  • vanessa pinheiro
  • 2019-11-17

mon préféré

Excellent jeu d'actrice, émouvant, entraînant... Cela accompagne parfaitement le livre. Dommage que cette actrice n'ai pas lu le livre n°3