Tense, riveting, satisfying
The Hunger Games for obvious reasons
A fitting end to a great series
Unlike others, I enjoyed the ending. I love a good twist.
You won't miss anything but skipping this one. As, I enjoyed the first book about hunger games and wanted to know what happens next I picked up the last two. Unfortunately, this did not meet my expectation. There was no former intensity and it felt quite flat.
It ranks third in the series of the hunger games series. And as for series the Hunger games ranks third in all my listening of books.
Make me think of what our world may become if things don't change.
When Katniss shot Coin, I think she has finely started to think about the future and figured out that both Coin and Snow had played her and nothing was going to change with the Hunger Games. Snow was going to die anyway (cuoghing up blood as he was) so her only shot at trying to get things changed was to shoot Coin at that time and place.
Yes because its the last of the triology but not the best book of the triology.
It is hard for me to think of these books as separate entities because I think they are truly a part of one story. Overall, I liked these books, and they are worth a listen. I'm not a huge fan of Catching Fire, but it is a necessary read to keep abreast of all the plot lines in Mocking Jay. I try to keep it vague, but like I said above their might be spoilers below.
When I first started listening to the series I read a review somewhere that reminded readers that the story is not necessarily about Katniss, it is about her role as a pawn in larger events. I'd love to give credit to that person, but I've long since forgot where I read the review. It is, however, the key element to remember when listening to these stories. For one, it helps the reader to make sense of Carolyn McCormick reading the books. I love her as an actress, and I love her voice, but it is a distictive and mature voice, not necessarily something I would have picked for Katniss. Remembering that while Katniss figures heavily in the events of the book, the overall story is not necessarily about her, helped me to connect with McCormick as a reader. I was able to think of her not as Katniss narrating her own story, but as, say, a mother reading Katniss's story to her daughter.
If there is one critique I have of these stories it is the love triangle. It made sense in the Hunger Games, but Katniss needed to declare her feelings in Catching Fire, partly because it was obvious to the reader at that point, and partly to allow more time for resolutions and reconciliations between the characters.
I liked the unique story of the book and the many twists in the plot.
Carolyn McCormick, I found to be a bit annoying as a narrator, compared to others. However, once you get used to her, it is OK.
I felt this book ended a bit prematurely, but overall, I would recommend it to others. Excellent storyline.
Giving soap operas and "Bodice Rippers" their due, I stayed commited to the listening of all three books before my judgement was made final. It has remained the same throughout. The target audience here would not be male in general. There were a few instances that crossed the lines of gender association, for lack of a better description. Simply put, I prefer Jason Bourne/ Dirk Pit type charactors.
If I wanted to examine a charactor's innermost feelings as they seem to rise and fall with the cycles of the moon, I'd be a woman I guess. For me, it's just not what I enjoy. A woman torn between love and lust. Anguishing over the betrayal of a steadfast and totally devoted man. ARRRRRGH! Blech! Get to the ACTION and REACTION! Get technical! While the author was graphic and many times gave a masculine descriptive in her writing, the relaying of the protagonist's feeling felt like a squealing piece of chalk on a board to me. I know, I'm a guy... not in touch with my inner self, or my deepest feelings, yadda, yadda, yadda, Those episodes of introspection detracted from my full enjoyment of the books.
I kept seeing the face of Al Bundie's wife from " Married with Children" when I listened to her. This isn't to say she was bad. In fact I enjoyed her naration very much. I just could'nt shake that image, despite the main charactor's being a teenager.
Don't change your style or type of writing. Just realize you appeal to some readers more than others?
The narrator gave almost every character in the book a royal English accent, which became very distracting throughout the entire book.
A perfect ending.
I love Collin's futuristic version of our world -- and the warning it has for all of us.
Yes, I have listened to all three Hunger Games books. I found McCormick's narration good.
Of course Mockingjay will lead you to an extreme reaction. You have to feel for this heroine and the other characters -- as well as examine your own life and our culture.
I know there have been a lot of negative reviews of this last book in the series. These reviews kept me from listening to this story for several months. BUT I am so glad I finally let go of what others were saying and took the ride. It was amazing. I disagree with the negative views of how the story ends -- no, it is not a "perfect ending" for all the characters (are there ever perfect endings?) but it was perfect ending for this story. I loved it. I was moved by it. I am sad that I will not get to spend any more time in Collin's Panam, but I feel sated and happy with how this story wrapped up. If you've enjoyed the other books, but feel hesitant about some negative reviews -- DON'T -- download, listen and enjoy!