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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)

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Santino Fontana

16 Hours 16 Minutes

Scholastic Inc.

May 2020

Audio Book Summary

Ambition will fuel him.Competition will drive him.But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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  • Ruthann R.

    For some reason the last 20 min will not play so I have no clue what the ending is.

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  • Daniel W.

    Excellent prequel! Suzanne Collins is a talented author with this novel that can be listened before or after the original Hunger Games trilogy. It is a great stand alone story if you have not read or listened to the trilogy, and if you have, she seamlessly works in details that help explain the events leading up to trilogy... The narrator is good for about 90% of the audiobook with the dialogue, but there are many songs that he does not even attempt to sing and that was the only disappointing part of audiobook. They should have had a second female narrator, or at the very least, a second narrator to simply sing the songs.

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  • Don E.

    I never even heard of this book but i loved it. It was nice to have some new info on the Hunger Games universe and how it began

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  • Steve F.

    book was good, the narrator's reading was clear but bland and the narrator's female voices and singing was brutal tho, maybe recommend him actually singing it or getting a female to narrate those parts, or female narrator altogether.

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  • MarĂ­a G.

    awesome narrator. I enjoy it very much.

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  • Teresa D.

    the evolution of Snow was a great story. I'd love a sequel

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  • Anonymous

    Great prequel and audiobook read!

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  • Ryann H.

    Wonderfully written, I'm not sure what I was expecting at the end when I first started listening but it was not that!

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  • Judy B.

    I really enjoyed getting to learn of young Snow. I hope they make a movie!!

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  • Brodie G.

    WOW! just wow. this book took me through so many emotions, confusion, happiness, pain, anger and just astonishment. truly worth the listen

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