Overall I enjoyed this series but I wanted to echo what some other readers have already said: I didn't think the narrator was right for the job. The voice (Katniss) wasn't too bad but the performance seemed very off, there was strange emphasis on words that didn't allow for sentences flow and I didn't enjoy any of the other character voices. I definitely won't be purchasing anything else read by Carolyn McCormick.
Was there a rule that said there HAD to be a third book? That's how it feels while you are listening to the story. I was very disappointed and even annoyed at the character by the time the book drew to a close. The first two were good. This one was really bad! I wish I had gotten something else.
Loved books 1 and 2 - by the time book 3 came around, honestly it was just more of the same. I really wanted to love it, but didn't.
Most likely the narrator. Give the girl the strength she deserves. I got the feeling if I read the book I might enjoy it. This is because unlike the narrator who makes Catnice sound weak I picture a strong and self confident person, one with normal fears but strong enough to always survive.
Great story line. Give the characters more strength. Get rid of so much of the mellow drama.
Here is a girl, our heroin, who takes on the establishment yet the narrator makes her sound like a weak, ultra-over-dramatic looser. She takes the mellow drama to new levels. In fact, after 5 minutes I couldn't take it any more, I was litterally ready to stab myself in the ear with an ice pick! (how's that for over dramatic!) I'll have to read the book if I want to know what happens.
The trilogy starts with its strongest book and ends with its weakest. Collins is at her best when she describes the Hunger Games and the dystopia behind it. When she writes about the process of revolution, however, the result feels less compelling to me. She tries to give too much of the big picture through Katniss. Also, Collins is too casual in killing off characters toward the end.
Here is where writing for a teen audience destroys this series. Katniss has turned into an angst ridden, mopey teenager. She's lost her sweetness and approachability and has become a whiney and self destructive train reck.
Maybe from a teenager's perspective it would go down easier but a 17 year old with this much control: coming up with speeches off the cuff powerful enough to intimidate a president and carry an uprising is thoroughly ridiculous and completely out of character for her. Then there was the action movie cliche of disobeying orders an barely escaping while saving the day. Blah, blah, blah.
By the end of this book, I hated every single character except Gale. I was so stunned by the terrible ending that I was unable to express my disappointment for hours. How could she write 2 books so well and flop so badly on the last? It truly ruined the entire series for me.
It is so sad i cry in some parts. I love the series but this is the best.
I thank that some series put so much in book one & book two that there is not a lot in the 3rd parts of the series but this is just right.
The first two books in this series were good, not as good as the reviews here, but good.
This book is nonsensical. Characters are thrown away without any common sense, the main character's hero complex is blindly followed by adults in the story... totally unbelievable. This here has no special ability, no super powers, just a bad attitude and severe mental issues... but that is good enough for characters to just dash after her to their demise.
Then to top it off, the goose chase in the last 2/3 of the book comes to an end with a big empty nothing.
The ending was okay, but the first 3/4 is like wading through trash.
The narration was excellent at times.
This series has me completely in love with the characters. Suzanne has me listening to all three books again. Still completely absorbed.