People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
In the third installment of her trilogy, Suzanne Collins had two daunting tasks -- raise the stakes of the hunger games to the next level, and broaden her futuristic dystopian metaphor for contemporary sociopolitical currents. She succeeds to a large degree:
Katniss comes to view the invasion of the Capital as a version of the hunger games that makes the entire city the arena, especially since the gamesmakers have deployed arena-like booby-traps to defend their streets. And the rebel leaders quickly become the evil twin of Snow's regime, an equally insidious socialist version of his fascist dictatorship, exploiting the zeal of the downtrodden rebel masses.
But in my personal opinion, she goes too far. The climactic battle sequences are just too brutal -- the violence of the first two books, hardly subtle, becomes a barrage of sledgehammers to our collective psyche, perhaps gratuitously so. And where her allegory for the politics of our time had previously been spot on, Collins falls back too easily on one of the problems of our current political discourse -- false equivalency.
Just quibbles, though, in an otherwise excellent finale to her unparalleled series.
Not so minor of a quibble, though is the continued narration of Carolyn McCormick. While her overall reading is more tolerable, all of a sudden her voicing of the men becomes comical, annoyingly comical, especially Gale and Peeta, who sound like a couple of sluggos.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
OF COURSE I HATE EVERYONE, MYSELF MOST.
If you listened to the first two books and thought the gladiator games were so cool, but were a little annoyed with Katanis's whining all the time, and her personality or lack of, so was worried, could this be as good. The answer is, it could not. Katanis is now twice as whinny. It starts out as anti-war, putting down present day America for having wars. So to solve this problem they go to war. I also did not think that the capitol would be so stupid as to put Peter on TV live. It was never explained why he was not taped, so they could better control what was said. I was hesitant to get this, but it was recommend by someone I am following. If you are following me, I do not recommend this. Get the first two books, they are good, pass on this one.
The narrator was good and occasionally sounded like Barbra Walters.
SOME WALKS YOU HAVE TO TAKE ALONE.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Almost everyone has seen the movies, read the books or heard of the Hunger Games series. This final book does not disappoint. The Capitol and President Snow are under attack and out for revenge, and Katniss has become the figurehead of the rebellion. The characters we've come to love must continue to band together and fight for what they believe in, as opposed to being in the arena. They aren't super-heros. They are young adults who are forced to grow up in lives they didn't chose for themselves, but they are smart, brave and resourceful.
The story has lots of action and violence, so there is loss and sadness. The conclusion doesn't tie everything up with a big, happy pink bow, but it's realistic, positive and very good. It's also hard to predict. With only 45 minutes left to listen, there are still major questions unanswered, so the story is suspenseful to the very end. I wanted things to turn out a little differently, but overall it's the perfect ending to a great series.
PERFORMANCE - Initially I didn't like the narrtor's voice, thinking it sounded too old for Katniss, but I've come to totally accept her and enjoyed her performance.
OVERALL - Recommended for just about everyone but, due to the violence, I wouldn't recommend for below about age 15. Great book, great series. Definitely listen to them in order, and definitely get them!
Yes, really interesting story, but a little sad at how it was all ended. It could have used a fourth book to continue the detail of the first two books.
All were really well developed
She brings a nice suspense to important scenes throughout the book
No, but I would have liked a different ending.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
Just like the previous two books, I really love how easy it is to get lost in the world that Collins created. The way she describes things just brings them to life. I especially love how easy it is to relate to the characters. Each one has an entirely unique set of circumstances that influence their personality, and Collins gives so much insight into their psyche--I feel like I know these people. I think that's part of what has helped make this series such a success. You really become invested in the characters.
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
This was a great series, I would reccomend it to everyone. I loved the ending and the late nights, loss of sleep and extra coffee where worth it. Credit well spent.
I loved the storyline however the ending was so underwhelming. I was left very disappointed in the end with the way the author chose to direct this storyline.
If you've read the first two books then this is a must read.
If you haven't read the first two books, go back and read them first.
It is a great storyline. The reader does a fabulous job. Just understand that you may be disappointed in the end. I like to just forget about the end then it's fine.
I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.
I was not impressed with this book at all and had to almost force myself to finish it. Was definitely a let down after the first 2 books in this series. It starts to focus more on their everyday living and politics, instead of action. I finished it only because I liked the first 2 books so much I wanted to see what happened to the characters. This book would be difficult to get through as a stand alone read and feel that you should read the first 2 before attempting it.
After the movie made such a buzz, I bought the entire Series. This book has some really good twist in it that made me feel like I was reading the first book and listening to its every word. Can't wait for the next movie to come out. It will be great!! But yeah, if you like the first book, it just keeps getting better!! Enjoy!
I loved the whole series. What a story of courage. I see our world going in this direction and it is rather frightening. May the odds be ever in your favor!!