I generally only listen to or read non-fiction. Stories just don't keep me entertained. This series did more than keep me entertained...it sucked me in! Book 1 was the best, book 2 was less engaging but thoroughly entertaining, book 3 was thrilling! Not sure how I feel about the ending though. I don't know how I wanted it to end so I can't say the ending was bad but after the roller coaster ride of this series I feel like the coaster just slowly pulled back into station instead of barreling to a screeching halt like I expected.
"Mockingjay" is the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The story is not quite as gripping as the first two books, but it's an adequate final chapter. However, the story is not why I'm posting here.
Based on the other reviews, I guess I'm in the minority in not liking the narration. McCormick sounds too old for the teenage characters, and completely misses Katniss's sarcastic edge. She makes serious lines sound whiny and childish, and sometimes mispronounces words (e.g., saying "they EScorted me down the hall," instead of "they esCORTed me down the hall"). Most distracting of all is her total inability to carry a tune. Katniss only sings for small bits of the book, but after all the talk about how her beautiful singing voice makes the mockingjays fall silent, it feels insulting to listen to McCormick's tuneless attempts.
This is a great trilogy, but I wish I had read it in print instead of listening to this audio version.
I am hesitant to say too much about this book because I don't want to spoil it for readers that haven't finished the series. I will say that this book made me uneasy, perhaps in a good, thought provoking way. As I was listening to the book, at the end, I heard an interview with the author and she spoke about how she hopes that this book brings up challenging queries for young adults. She hopes that the book causes the reader to think about the implications of the book in one's own life. It can be so easy to judge the capitol for being horrible, gluttonous people when the majority are starving. In reality, many people living in the United States stuffed their faces last night at dinner without even thinking about those that didn't eat at all. Also, with the election coming up, I have been thinking about where I stand politically and am disturbed because, as this book points out, there is no side or party that stands free from blame or guilt. I didn't like this book as much as the other two but, I am glad that I read it as I feel that it helped to round out the story.
Working wife and mother of 2. No time to sit down with a good book so Audible is perfect for my life style.
I thought it would be hard to buy into this book because of the age of the children but the author really makes it completely plausable. I didn't want to stop listening. The sequals are worth listening to also!
I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.
The third book in the "Hunger Games" trilogy is much different than the first two books, but is just as intriguing and entertaining to read; it's more of a post-apocalyptic military story, but don't let that scare you away from this book, because it's a great story with a partially happy ending.
The last book in the trilogy was as good as the previous two. The ending was a bit disappointing, but it's a matter of preference and which characters you want to see together.
After reading the first two books I was excited about the conclusion .... she just had to marry Peeta and live happily ever after. Um .... horrible. Just when the ending almost happened as it should, it took a bad turn and became very depressing. Ugh .... I feel like I need to re-write the ending so I can feel happy tomorrow.
THE THIRD IN A SERIES, ONE HAS FEW OPTIONS BUT TO READ THIS BOOK. UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A REAL LETDOWN.
IT WAS AS IF THE AUTHOR HAD NO IDEA HOW TO END HER INTERESTING TALE OF A FUTURE WORLD. THE RESOLUTION OF THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE REBELS AND THE CAPITAL SHOWED NONE OF THE CREATIVITY THAT HER FIRST TWO NOVELS EXHIBITED. IN RETROSPECT, I WOULD RATHER HAVE LEFT THE STORY UNRESOLVED THAN READ THIS BOOK.
CAROLYN IS A FINE NARRATOR. NO CRITICISM THERE.
I COULD NOT RECOMMEND THE SERIES TO AN ADOLESCENT READER BECAUSE IT HAS SUCH A BLOODY AND CRUEL-AND AT THE SAME TIME BORING- ENDING. WHAT AN ANTI-CLIMAX!
I enjoyed every second and could not be happier with how things were wrapped up. It felt so real. I spent every waking moment listening to this book. I felt like I was watching these kids grow up. I have recommended this to my family and friends. Happy to find a series that I could enjoy with my teenage son.
First let me say I liked the story as a whole and the reading was great. If you have read the first 2 books then you have to finish it off. And here comes the but.........But I really felt the last book was rushed, she told us about so much instead of just leting us exprience it with her. If the story would have run too long it could have broken into a fourth book.