Although I enjoyed the whole series, I believe that the 3rd and final installment was the best! Not only did the story flow and fill in the shole or questions left by other books, it brought new material to light and new twists that you didn't expect. Although at times I think the author tried to tie too much together in longer narratives. But it was done only in an attempt to tie things together for the final book.
It was exciting! I particularly enjoyed the epilogue and Suzanne Collins' explanation of what inspired the 3 books. Realizing that she was inspired by Greek lore and tragedy made perfect sense and made me say "oh yea!....I get it!".
I almost always read non-fiction but my wife was reading the series of books 24/7 so I purchased the series. What a great break from non-fiction, great creativity and should make for a great movie.
A good finale for a great trilogy. I had some discussion about the end being a bit too "easy" to wrap up, but it's still got great catharsis.
The narrator is very easy to listen to and has a good range of voices that makes it easy to follow the dialogue.
Well worth a listen (assuming you've read/listened to the first 2 books!).
I didn't find the third and final book of the Hunger Game series as enjoyable and exciting as the first two. It had a slow start and the overall rebellion was a bit boring and lacking any excitement as the other two books. It did get better towards the end. Unfortunately, you have to listen to the rest to get to the good parts.
Same thing - the Author is straining to sustain the first novel in the series and doesn't manage it in my opinion. Her lack of literary ability starts to appear more as the quality of the story fails to hold my attention as it did in "The Hunger Games."
I read the first 2 books and for the sake of time listened to this last one. I couldn't wait to get to the end to decide the final ending, so the audio helped me do that. It was a great and easy listen that I completed in 2 days.
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.