The Hunger Games and Philosophy

  • by George A. Dunn, Nicolas Michaud
  • Narrated by Vanessa Hart
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New York Times best-selling series, just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movie.
Katniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is also the girl who made us think, dream, question authority, and rebel. The post-apocalyptic world of Panem's twelve districts is a divided society on the brink of war and struggling to survive, while the Capitol lives in the lap of luxury and pure contentment. At every turn in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and their many allies wrestle with harrowing choices and ethical dilemmas that push them to the brink. Is it okay for Katniss to break the law to ensure her family's survival? Do ordinary moral rules apply in the Arena? Can the world of The Hunger Games shine a light into the dark corners of our world? Why do we often enjoy watching others suffer? How can we distinguish between what's Real and Not Real? This book draws on some of history's most engaging philosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the story and its themes, such as sacrifice, altruism, moral choice, and gender.

Gives you new insights into the Hunger Games series and its key characters, plot lines, and ideas
Examines important themes such as the state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, and social class
Applies the perspective of some of world's greatest minds, such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, and Immanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogy
Covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy
An essential companion for Hunger Games fans, this book will take you deeper into the dystopic world of Panem and into the minds and motivations of those who occupy it.


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Customer Reviews

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Narrator's "Serious Voice" is GRATING!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I loved the content, but will need to buy the hard copy, as I cannot stand the narrator!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I truly enjoyed the series, and it's incredibly interesting to draw parallels and revisit history as well as to examine the work philosophically!

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

"uh-trackerrrr-uh-jacker-uh-nessst." Narrator speaks with an /u/ sound which strings each word together when she is trying to say something poignant. It's bloody irritating. I really don't love it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hunger Games and Philosophy?

I think I will know better when I read the book in its entirety.

Any additional comments?

Narrator: no bueno. :/

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Philosophy of decisions

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games and Philosophy to be better than the print version?

I found listening allowed me to review and contemplate how the characters interacted among each other. I enjoyed the emotional roller coaster of all the Hunger games books. The Philosophy of the Hunger games ties all of the actions together for the listener to understand why certain actions were taken by the characters. A very good series of audio books that are more entertaining to listen too, than read.

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- James Morris "James Morris"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios