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!
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
We all know that reading to our kids is important, but how many times can an adult read Eric Carle's beloved "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (1969) out loud before, well, you're bored?
A few months into being a mom, I hit upon the idea of reading a kids' book (or three or five, some of them are very short) and then a few pages of a book I loved. I read them J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" (1937), followed by "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (1954); the entire C.S. Lewis "Chronicles of Narnia" (1950-1956); Daniel Handler's "Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"" (1999-2006); and, of course, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007). If I'd stuck with simple kids books at bedtime, I wouldn't have kept it up reading to them - for a dozen years.
My now teenaged kids and I still listen to books together, but on drives and on Audible. We all love "The Hunger Games", and my kids don't mind hearing it although they've already read the text.
Katniss Everdeen is a strong character, morally certain but with a teenager's inability to see the world beyond what it means and does to her. Katniss doesn't want to be a symbol of the Rebellion, but she is coerced into the role. Suzanne Collins captures that time of life so perfectly that I remembered myself at a 17. I unexpectedly found myself more patient with my kids, and that's not something I expected from a dystopian novel.
The Audible has an Easter egg: there's an interview with Collins after the book ends. It turns out Collins wrote for television for years, which explains her the strong broadcast emphasis.
"Mockingjay" is the most violent and disturbing book of the trilogy, so make sure your kids are ready for it (plot summaries are all over the net).
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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!!
Already have and because its one of the best!!!
I believe no books can compare to this series. But Delirium, Matched, Divergent, and Enclave book series are wonderful books in the same genre.
Her voice is wonderful and allows you to lay back and imagine the world as she reads it to you.
This book was great and sad and not how you imagine it would end... Sad...