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The Hunger Games: Special Edition

Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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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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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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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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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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  • Ethan
  • Hertfordshire
  • 22-11-18

Terrible narration!

After listening to all three books which I thoroughly enjoyed; Downloading and listening to this version narrated by Tatiana Maslany was such a disappointment! It doesn’t even hold a candle to the vocal talents of Carolyn MaCormick. Got a refund on this just not worth buying.

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  • Carly Jurica
  • 02-11-18

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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  • Mika
  • 04-11-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-18

Finally a narrator that isn't annoying!

Its about time! Finally, someone has realized that having a good narrator is key to selling an audio book! I really hope that they release the rest of the series using Tatiana Maslany. She is absolutely what this book needed!

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  • the black rabbit
  • 31-10-18

Excellent rendition, the reader is fantastic!

"It's another big, big, big, day"...nuff said...she is a fantastic reader! She really is able to bring each character to life, while staying inside Katniss's head.

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  • minus3db
  • 15-11-18

Excellent narration! Thank you Tatiana Maslany.


We know this story, and its very well told. Hearing Tatiana read/perform this is just a treat.

I love listening to audio books on my commute and this is now in the rotation... again and again.

Tatiana does a great job capturing the mood, the changing characters and the overall flow of this story. I really hope she reads the next two books of this series as well.

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  • MissSweet
  • 12-11-18

So much better!

Thank you for re-recording this with a better reader/performer! I love this book but the previous recording was hard to listen to. This is so much better. This Katniss sounds like the stressed, conflicted, angry and anxious teen she is supposed to be. I really hope there are plans to re-record the other two books!

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  • PhotoBug101
  • 09-12-18

Love this audio version!

First, I have loved this story since the first time I read it and then again when I listened to it. There is something about it that resonates with me. It also reminds me of different points in history that I have studied and gives a glimpse of what our world could become, if we let it.
For the narration of this version, I loved it! I never really had a problem with the original narrator, but after listening to this version I don't think I can ever go back to the other. As many other reviewers have said, I would love for the second and third book to be read by this narrator. She really embodies Katniss and what I believe her to sound like, but never realized it until I heard this version. Don't hesitate, get this version, even if you have the other.

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  • Eugenia Parrish
  • 01-12-18

I listen to it over and over

And I'm a gray-haired granny! The narration by Maslany is about as perfect as I could ask for. She sounds just like I could imagine Katniss, even before the movie. It is so much better than another version where the narrator sounds like a schoolteacher in her thirties reading to a bunch of sixth-graders. Mazlany puts real feeling into her voice, sighing when Katniss sighs, angry when Katniss is angry, sad and lost when she's hurting. I felt everything right along with her as it happened. And every voice is distinct, not just "read". Please tell me Mazlany will be doing "Catching Fire" soon, and "Mockingjay" soon after that! I will pre-order!

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  • Sherri Copeland
  • 29-11-18

What a difference!

Tatiana Maslany kills the narration—SO GOOD. The other version of the book is unlistenable and it has annoyed me for so long. I'm so happy to have this even if I had to pay for another version of the audiobook.

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  • Chloe Noire
  • 28-11-18

Perfectly narrated! Please do all of the books!

I had been wanting to listen to the Hunger Games for quite some time - but I could not get over the awful narration of the original versions. This changed everything. I could not stop listening.

When I tried to listen to The Hunger Games original release, I just could not get past the narration. This is how the audiobook should be. I'm so happy that this version was released, and I can't express enough how wonderful the narration is. Well done!

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