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.
I liked how I already knew the characters so I didn't have to struggle at all to keep up with what was going on, or really even concentrate at all. I like to listen to audiobooks while doing other things - sewing, cleaning, painting etc. and this was perfect for that.
Sure. I like the strong female characters in her books. Although, I think that the love triangle between the main characters was accentuated a bit too much to my taste, which takes away from the feminist feel of Katniss' strength. "Which boy to choose?" Reminds you too much of Twilight etc.
I obviously listened to the other Hunger Games books, and I like Carolyn McCormick's reading style. Even though it's in an American accent (I prefer British or international), it didn't bother me, it wasn't a heavy accent. And I liked how she didn't try to make her voice too different for male characters, for example.
Among all audiobooks? Somewhere in the middle. Of the books in this series it was my least favorite.
The climactic event was an odd choice. I understand why the author chose it, but I didn't like what it meant for the character. The final wrapup was pretty much what I've been expecting since the Reaping in book one.
I've only listened to her work in this series. Her performance is about the same- she has a good voice, but is often too sedate.
No, it took a long time to hook me.
This book felt a little rushed and maybe a little condensed. I wish she had spread this out into a couple of books. I hope she goes back and writes side novels telling the stories of some characters outside of Katniss's point of view.
I am a reader, all types and never write reviews. Still I am moved to make some kind of comment about this series. The skill, complexity and creativity brought together in this story I thought phenomenal. The story is for young adults only in the sense that it is about young adults. Young adults forced to become more than we can imagine from our armchairs but through the author's creativity I have felt the cold hard slap of reality.
I am a little surprised the story was received so well by general readers.
Madam Author my hat is off to you and my bow is very low.
Yes, I will recommend this book to everyone.
I love the love story, It is so true to real life.
Yes. I believe this series could honestly be life in our american future.
Peeta finally returning at the END of the book.
Both! Much more crying unfortunately than laughter.