It was nice to finally have closure to the emotional roller coaster of The Hunger Games Trilogy. The pace of the story (particularly *POSSIBLY MINOR SPOILERS* the siege of The Capitol and the events that occur within) felt a bit rushed -- maybe Suzanne Collins was pressured by the publisher or, as other readers have speculated, she was busy assisting the film adaptation. Still, it was a satisfying conclusion to me. Pieces fell into place, though war is never without losses.
I really enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's performance. She has a very pleasant voice for narration, yet still brings a lot of emotion to her reading. Best of all, her performance enhances the story being told -- sometimes, the narrator can distract from the story (attempting accents, providing unnecessary emphasis to particular words, etc.), but McCormick gave a professional and even reading that benefited the words written.
YES, definitely. The strongest point of Collins's Hunger Games Trilogy has always been her interesting characters and how they fight to survive -- and I needed to know how it all ended.
Retired Life is great
Listening to the trilogy was addictive, troubling, and left me emotionally exhausted. This is always a problem for me in listening to audio fiction. To use a term from the last book, I felt hijacked. I'm a senior adult - and was sucked into the troubling world where children kill children on reality television, reality is based on 30 second soundbites, and since the book is written in first person, the betrayal, despair, and doubts of the heroine are believable.
Read these books. The 2012 version of Lord of the Flies with the future's technology, the triumph of the 1%, the horrors of war, and being a young person finding her sense of self and morality.
Yes I would, it was a great listen! I travel for work and listening to books is the best way to get through the morning and afternoon traffic crunch... This series, even though its a "young adult" series, was compelling enough to transport me into the world of Katniss, Peeta and the rest. While I had miles of cars in front of me, I had an entire adventure world in my car.
Katniss, and Hamitch. Katniss was clever and thoughtful. Hamitch was irreverent and clever.
The ability to multitask. I can drive, clean house, make dinner thanks to someone else reading to me.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
Against all odds, katniss has survived the two first Hunger Games. She has been rescued along with hundreds of refugees and revolutionaries by the rebels from the District 13. Actually, the District 13 exists, even though it does not resemble to what Katniss though. The Districk 13 becomes the headquarters of the rebellion. She volunteered to become the “Mockingjay” a face of the rebellion to destroy the Capitol. She makes a bargain with President Coin to grant immunity to all victors of the Hunger Games. She also asked the right to kill the President Snow herself.
It’s has been such a great pleasure to read this last book. Mockingjay helped me to get a better understanding of the two previous books. Indeed, all the details about the characters, their behavior, and the way they tangle up in the games become crystal clear. Although, this book has more violent scenes, to me is as good as the two first.
It’s really heartbreaking seeing Katniss endures so much suffering. Not only has she been mess up by the war (who wouldn’t be!), but she also lost all people dear to her heart along the way. I did not see things coming while reading. When I thought this person would die, they didn't. When I didn't expect this person to die; they did; when I expect Katniss to pick up Gale over Peeta, she didn’t. The surprise went over, and over again.
To sum up, I would say this book challenges your way of seeing life. It raises more queries than the two first. What if we have to fight to death to get what we consider as basics? In our modern society things are taking for granted. The Hunger Games to a certain extent can be compare to what’s happening in Africa, in Iraq, etc. The Mockingjay is a bitter and mostly unsatisfying pill to swallow, but it shows the truth. It is worthwhile reading.
The twists and turns to keep you wondering what was gonna happen.
Peeta: He overcame many issues for the most part
I have only listened to this trilogy with her reading. I enjoyed her voice.
After reading a few other reviews I almost did not get the 2nd and 3 rd books but went for it in the end. I am so happy I did. Very pleased with the ending other than leaving a few people out of the epilogue, I wonder what happen to them.
If for no other reason, read this book so you can participate in conversations about it. This series is now part of our common cultural experience. Each time the story faltered Collins was able to throw in an unexpected turn of events that kept me reading. It is a terrible shame though, that they chose a middle aged woman to narrate for the character of a simple, headstrong teenager. To make matters worse, Ms. McCormick apparently decided to play Catness as stupid and self centered rather than a survivor who rose above serial traumas, conspiratorial intrigue, and the crossfire of adult politics.
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
Being more brutal than it's predecessors, this third and final installment of The Hunger Games was a bit rougher to swallow. It was intense and harsh, although not gratuitously or unnecessarily so. Had I not read the first two, it likely would not have been the type of book I would finish, yet caring for the characters I knew I had to read on to learn their final fates. There were very touching moments amidst the deaths. In a good way, the author additionally strongly played the twists I'd come to expect with the series - pulling my emotions in all angles from fear to sadness to disgust to delight to love. Overall, I'm happy to have read (or listened to) the final book of the trilogy and will likely listen to the full series again in a few years' time. That being said, my favorite of the three is still the series' namesake, The Hunger Games.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
The narrator had a good sense of the character and her inflections were added in all the right places to help give you the feel of the emotions behind the scene.
When Katniss killed President Coin instead of Snow. I was beginning to get sick of how this book portrayed her as weak and unsure (even though she went through so much), and at that moment, she was "back" to her old self, coming to her own conclusions and making her own decisions about what was right and what was wrong. Her survival instinct kicked in-again.
It's hard to say a favorite scene. The book just moves you along with it from place to place, so it isnt like there are individual scenes.
I was surprised and sad when Prim died. I guess it was necessary to uncovered the agenda that Coin had and it underlined the fact that Katniss's life would always be filled with pain and loss.
Can't wait for the other movies to come out!
Why does Book 3 pick up where it does with so many gaps that a reader has to hope some of it gets explained later in the book. I am perplexed by the missing pieces of the story line.
Suzanne is fine.
How about a follow up to Book 2 that is cogent.