I bought this audiobook with reservations. I saw a few people knock the recording for the reader's interpretation. I was instead impressed with Carolyn McCormick's use of her voice to distinguish the different characters. I thought it was one of the better audiobook reads.
The story itself was compelling and thought-provoking. The characters were complex and interesting. Kudos to the author for a new spin on the gladiator games with enough intrigue that it seems original.
I found the first two books of the series to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Any first book of a series is full of discovery and often the most eye-opening as was The Hunger Games. The second book can sometimes be a sophomore slump, but I thought Catching Fire was as entertaining and moving as the first.
I anticipated Mockingjay would hold the same kind of discovery and adventure. Instead, I found the plot to be haphazard and confusing. I was left with questions throughout the book. I expected many to be answered by the book's end, but as the time wound down I became frustrated knowing that some of my questions would not have answers.
The dark edge of the book did not bother me and I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. She has become a character of the audiobook series.
With all that said, if you are a fan of the book, you will undoubtedly have to listen to this book, too. While I am disappointed in some of the aspects of the book, I do not regret listening to it.
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