I was getting tired of too many people telling me this trilogy was so good. I ended up at a dinner of 6 and being the only one to not read this. You're probably in that position as well.
It's great, Collins has a narrative knack, and Carolyn McCormick delivers a first-class reading of her material. Gripping, excellent character development, struggle, action, drama, it's all in here.
Will be checking out the rest of the trilogy.
Mockingjay is obviously the conclusion to the extremely popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Much broader in scope, darker in tone, and a focus on drama, politics, and "the bigger picture", this book is nearly the exact opposite of Catching Fire.
Whenever I talk to someone who hasn't finished the trilogy, they are always somewhere in this book. The reason is that this book, while excellent, does have a bit of an identity crisis, twice.
It is hard to understand what this book is going for, as it seems to open up as many new ideas as fast as it tries to close others, and relies a few too many "I am your father" moments.
It is a great book, and you should certainly read it, but try to push yourself through the slower parts, the ending is very satisfying and you'll be glad you finished it.
The Matrix Revolutions almost to a T (yeah I know that's a movie). It's just big, and confusing, and full of things that weren't really part of the trilogy beforehand, but they provide a lot of context and make the whole series more "important"
As always, she portrays Katniss as a strong protagonist.
"$#@! just got real"
Catching Fire is full of action, twists, and rapid development of a much larger cast than The Hunger Games.
If you're thinking about movies, Catching Fire has the best shot at being the best film in the trilogy.
Catching Fire assumes you have finished The Hunger Games and are at least vaguely familiar with the story. The book, while slow to start as the entire trilogy is, takes off once it finally gets moving, and because of the focus on action (as many sequels typically do), being an audiobook gives this book an advantage as Carolyn McCormick does a wonderful job.
The fast pace, addition of many characters, and unexpected turns.
Carolyn does a wonderful job of expressing Katniss and her emotions without ever getting quite to whiny or helpless.
"Bigger, better, faster. The Hungerer Games!"
Just get it, you know you're going to read all three.
If you're looking for more Nick Hornby, you'll be right at home here. Clever banter between characters and situations that are just a bit outside of believable while still being charming.
"Really?....Really?" as I mentioned above, just a little too charming and cute to be believable, but not unexpected.
Any with the father and goodnews
If you've only read About a Boy or High Fidelity, go check out "A Long Way Down" next.
Absolutely hilarious. Really wish Chelsea would have lended her talents, but everyone else is voiced by their actual selves. First-hand experiences told by writers, and those in the late-night shenanigans of this comedy group.
You probably know already if you're going to get this or not. If you're interested in a first-listen to the life of Chelsea Handler, you should probably start elsewhere.
More of a "20/20" investigation of Google than anything else. Does assume you have the name familiarity that he does which can get difficult to follow at times.
20 hours is a long time to explain only a decade, and there is some redundancy.
The stories, are excellent. Steven obviously had an "all access" path in Google. If you have any questions about this company, or consider them on any level, there is information in this you'll be excited to hear.
Hours (chapters) of promises of what he'll tell you. It just drones on and Shawn thinks he is really smart, so hearing him read his own words at loud often seems like "bragging" and occasionally pretentious. Many stories are variation on one theme.
Guess what? If you're happy you are better. Now let's tell you that story 15 times promising to stop soon.
I do believe, however, if there was a 7-hour abridged version, perhaps that'd be good.
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