This finishes up the Hunger Games Trilogy for me. I needed to finish it up but didn't have time to read the book so I was looking forward to this. However, I was a bit disappointing. Not bad but not an inspiring performance or book.
I didn't read the print version
I can't narrow it down too many,.
I think she is the BEST ! I wish every was her Performance!
Only one problem I have with this book is that it is over.
I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I liked that it was an attempt to wrap up the story of Katniss Everdeen and that it continued to tell her story. I just feel that the story became far too rushed in the last half of the book, like Collins and her publisher just wanted it over and done with and was Hell bent on craming everything into one, final book.
I think this book needed to be longer. Too many things happen too fast at the end and I felt rushed out of the story. Too many questions remained at the end that were never fully (or even partially) answered and it just falls off a cliff.
Yes. I like her as a narrator.
No. It's done. It's over. Let's just remember the good that was the first book of the series, the better than averageness that was the second book, and let this one just be the end.
I think I've said it all already. The ending is jsut rushed. It feels like Collins pouded 10 or 15 more chapters of story into the final couple chapters of this book and I was really disappointed. Just my opinion though. Others may vary.
great story made marginal by unimpressive narrator. Again as with previous book, I dreaded thinking "how many more hours do I have to listen to this lady...."
The first book of the series was incredibly creative but I found it dark and jarring and was hesitant to want to continue. The second was alright. Perhaps I wasn't so shocked by the violence of children killing children any more and was impressed that the story deepened.
This final instalment seemed to round things out and give a lot more context to the previous two helping me to appreciate them more.
The characters really seemed to come into their own here and and the damaged people that they'd become from their previous experiences made me really feel for them.
The voice acting was solid throughout and the production was clean and easy to immerse in.
Very Entertaining. Must read if already finished first two in series.I hope S. Collins writes new material soon.
What I liked most and least about Mockingjay are related. Starting positive, I really enjoyed the believability of the characters, that their reactions and actions seemed inevitable given the world that Collins has established. However, I think that Collins takes this approach too far with the emotional damage she heaps on her protagonist, Katniss. As reasonable as her reactions are, the reactions in and of themselves had the tendancy to slow down the story as Katniss "checks out" for sections of the book. Not something I appreciated from the only viewpoint into this world.
As mentioned above, it was the pacing. The viewpoint character is so strongly effected by the situations she finds herself in that the pacing is very strongly effected.
To my knowledge, I haven't listened to anything else by Mrs McCormick. I have neither high praise for her performance, nor any real criticism. Her voice was a very good mechanism for the delivery of the book and faded into the background. Like good prose, a good narration does not distract the reader from the story.
Yes. I enjoyed the book. It was a good finale to the series. However, I will not be listening to it again. My girlfriend chose this book as the soundtrack to a road trip, but could not finish it (for many of the reasons I mentioned above). I however, pushed through and was glad I did.
If you liked the first two books of the series, listening to Mockingjay would give good closure.
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster. I didn't want to stop listening. I had to find out what happened to the characters. What a great finish to the series. I loved the narrator so much I had to find other books read by her.
This was a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy.
For the first two books, I think most of us readers have all been laboring under the assumption that Katniss Everdeen would eventually choose one of the two terrific men in her life: Gale, her childhood companion or Peeta, the one who accompanied her to the Hunger Games twice. She'd pick one of them and live happily ever after with him, surrounded by friends and family. Somehow, along the way, Katniss would get rid of the awful President Snow and stop the evil Hunger Games. How one teenage girl would do all that, we weren't too sure, but we all had faith and hope that she would.
"Mockingjay" relentlessly strips aside those feelings of faith and hope - much as District 13 must have done to Katniss. Katniss realizes that she is just as much a pawn for District 13 as she ever was for the Colony and that evil can exist in places outside of the Colony.
And that's when the reader realizes that this will be a very different journey. And that maybe the first two books were a setup for a very different ride. That, at its heart, this wasn't a story about Katniss making her romantic decisions set against a backdrop of war.
This is a story of war. And what it means to be a volunteer and yet still be a pawn. We have an entirely volunteer military now that is spread entirely too thin for the tasks we ask of it. The burden we place upon it is great. And at the end of the day, when the personal war is over for each of them, each is left alone to pick up the pieces as best he/she can.
For some, like Peeta, it means hanging onto the back of a chair until the voices in his head stop and he's safe to be around again. Each copes in the best way he can. We ask - no, demand - incredible things of our men and women in arms, and then relegate them to the sidelines afterwards because we don't want to be reminded of the things they did in battle. What do you do with people who are trained to kill when they come back home? And what if there's no real home to come back to - if, heaven forbid, the war is fought in your own home? We need our soldiers when we need them, but they make us uncomfortable when the fighting stops.
All of that is bigger than a love story - than Peeta or Gale. And yet, Katniss' war does come to an end. And she does have to pick up the pieces of her life and figure out where to go at the end. So she does make a choice. But compared to the tragedy of everything that comes before it, it doesn't seem "enough". And I think that's the point. That once you've been to hell and lost so much, your life will never be the same. Katniss will never be the same. For a large part of this book, we see Katniss acting in a way that we can only see as being combat-stress or PTSD-related - running and hiding in closets. This isn't our Katniss, this isn't our warrior girl.
But this is what makes it so much more realistic, I think. Some may see this as a failing in plot - that Katniss is suddenly acting out of character. But as someone who has been around very strong soldiers returning home from deployments, this story, more than the other two, made Katniss come alive for me in a much more believable way.
I realize many out there will hate the epilogue and find it trite. At first, I did too. But in retrospect, it really was perfect. Katniss gave her life already - back when she volunteered for Prim in "The Hunger Games". It's just that she actually physically kept living.
Collins definitely sold out to the crowd appealing action scenes in this sequel, leaving very little to think more deeply about. I even had to skip ahead in order to keep my interest.