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Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games | [Suzanne Collins]

Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....
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Publisher's Summary

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.

©2010 Suzanne Collins (P)2010 Scholastic Audio

What the Critics Say

"At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter." (New York Times Book Review)

"Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow." (Los Angeles Times)

"Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Camp Verde,AZ 04-17-12
    Amazon Customer Camp Verde,AZ 04-17-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying Ending, Frustrating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gale because he brings a change to the story.


    Did Carolyn McCormick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Peta and Katniss are reunited.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 04-17-12
    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top

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    "Best out of the three."

    What a great story! Captures your attention right at the beginning and makes you want more. This one is suspenseful, energetic and imaginative. You're right there with all of the characters.
    This book's target audiance may be teens but this is a greeat read for any age that enjoys adventure, romance, survival and sci-fi .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-16-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you read the first book, then saw the first mov"

    If you read the first book, then saw the first movie & belief in fairy tales then don't read this book or the second book. Like so, many trilogies this series ends in a big flop. You can guess from the second book how this book will end. No 'SPOILERS' here. The story is a good one just predictable which makes it worth reading if you want to confirm your own thoughts on how the series will end. To me this is just like the 'His Dark Material' series by Philip Pullman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nilay Atlanta, GA, United States 04-16-12
    nilay Atlanta, GA, United States 04-16-12

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    "Can't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    Yes, I love all the hunger the series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Katniss last decision between Gale and Peeta, and the reason why she chose ..., totally touch my heart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-15-12
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

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    "Stories got better and better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mockingjay to be better than the print version?

    If the author is not the reader, most audio books are better then print versions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katnis


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She brought the book to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Book was a perfect conclusion to the trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there were 3 more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 04-15-12
    Michael 04-15-12
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    "Plodded to the finish"

    Had to read the second and third books to find out what happened in the overall trajectory of the series, but ultimately I found the second and third books disappointing, a little boring at times, only held together by the occasional plot twist, and finally I was glad to be finished.

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    Alina 04-15-12
    Alina 04-15-12

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    "As bad as Hunger Games was good"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better plot and more developed characters


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have well written story with meaningful culmination


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was OK given the poor story in the end.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I had to know what happened to the characters I fell in love in the first book. The author seemed to have lost her inspiration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 04-14-12
    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 04-14-12

    Loves reading books, but have limited time. So audible presents a perfect solution for me!

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    "Not as good as the previous books!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book lacked a bit of character compared to the other two books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    Yes


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    Yes


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Suzaane could have ended the series with a bit more flair and it felt that this was one book to far in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme Sao Paulo, Brazil 04-14-12
    Guilherme Sao Paulo, Brazil 04-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Audible obsessed

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    "Fun but Naive"

    Fun book. Great performance by the Narrator. Nice conclusion to the saga, but since the book is directed to a younger audience, it lacks depth, and it seems naive at times.

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    Barbara Sun City, AZ, United States 04-13-12
    Barbara Sun City, AZ, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Last but not least!"
    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    I loved this book just like the rest!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was actually an ending.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes they were all good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would make a big deal about the Mockingjay!


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  • Ligs
    Claix, France
    4/6/12
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    "A Tad too violent for me"

    Having listened to the previous 2 books, I still dislike the narrators flat, monotone voice as the main character...they should not have let her sing for sure. Having said that, her characterisations/voices are better than the main characters voice, which is unusual.

    I personally found this final book a little tedious, in spite of the action and was in fact relieved when it was over. Too much tummy button gazing with the internal monologues and spoken thoughts for my taste.

    I also found that there was uncessary level of detail on the torture and violence, which was almost continuous throughout the book.

    Having said that the plot was interesting with some surprises in store, so if you liked the prevous two books, you will not dislike this one...but not as good as the others in my view.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam
    Oslo, Norway
    12/5/11
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    "At the edge of my seat"

    As I had been waiting for since around the end of the first book or the beginning of the second, the Rebellion is in full swing. And while it does not play out like I had expected, it keeps the sense of realism which hooked me on the first book. The unexpectedness of the series in general is one thing that I really like about it.

    There are no easy fixes for our main characters, but at the same time it is not all hopelessly dark either. Even though in this book, more than the others, the bright spots are few and far between.

    If you have already read the other books, you definitely need to read the ending to the story. But if you have randomly stumbled upon this, and are reading the reviews to see what it's about, go and read/listen to the first book in the series; The Hunger Games.

    Because this series does what really great SciFi does, it makes you forget it is about the future, and merely uses a made-up environment as a backdrop to explore the human condition. Though this one is hauntingly close to what we could find real. I found this book to be a wonderful conclusion. True, there is no Hollywood ending where every this is made okay, but it is not a greek tragedy either, where everyone are doomed from the beginning.

    This series is quickly become one of my favorites, and I really like Carolyn McCormick's narration of it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Neath, United Kingdom
    6/15/11
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    "Game Over... but do they live happily ever after?"

    Katniss Everdeen is still fighting for her life. The Rebels have taken up their weapons in a seemingly useless war against the Capitol and its leader, the maniacal President Snow. Katniss has been used as a catalyst for war, manipulated into becoming The Mockingjay: a figurehead of political resistance, by another would-be-totalitarian leader, when all she ever wanted was to protect those she loves and live out a relatively peaceful existence.

    However, the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy offers anything but peace. This is, by far, the most harrowing of the series. The book has received criticism from some for being "too dark", but surely Suzanne Collins needed to be dark in order to deal with the subjects of political oppression, identity crises, PTSD and familial loss? She affords her YA audience the respect of not "dumbing down" the messages of her series.

    District 12 is gone. Katniss' best friend, Gale, is slowly becoming as ruthless in his methods as any of the game-makers ever were. And Peeta is gone, his mind "hijacked" by the Capitol so that now whenever he looks at Katniss, he feels the overwhelming urge to kill her. Katniss is slowly losing everything she has and everything she is to the war. And there's more to lose.

    If you're looking for happy endings then I can't say that this is a book/series for you. After losing so much, fighting so much and both feeling and causing so much pain, how could Katniss get a fairytale "happily ever after"? She's fighting a war and thus there are inevitable casualties... some of them heart-wrenching.

    If, however, you're looking for a great read with characters whose plight will keep you gripped, writing which echoes the dystiopia it weaves, and a heroine who is pretty darn cool, then I can't recommend The Hunger Games Trilogy enough!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • david
    manchester, United Kingdom
    5/18/12
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    "poor ending!!!!!"

    Last book in the trilogy, but really a dissapointing end to a excellent series. The third instalment is poorly paced and at times very badly written with contradictions of things which were mentioned earlier. Leaves a few questions un answered, and with the ending we are given leaves you wondering what was the point of this book being written in the beginning, as it defeats itself in the point it was trying to make.....

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    9/2/13
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    "Weakest of the trilogy"

    Having listened to the first two books I had to finish the series. I had hoped that Catching Fire suffered from 'middle book of trilogy syndrome' and Mockingjay would be an incredible ending... but sadly it was the weakest book of the lot. I found it hard to invest in Katniss and the other main characters (something that wasn't the case in the previous two books) and the plot was far weaker than either of the previous books. I wasn't expecting a happily ever after ending but I was still dissatisfied with the actual ending. It just didn't sit right with me. It is worth listening to if you have read/listened to the other books, but keep your expectations low.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • val
    8/18/15
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    "Enthralling!"
    Where does Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most addictive series I have read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3?

    The heart stopping moment when it became known that the previous victors of all the games were going to have to endure the whole trial again and there could only be one survivor..


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader, clear diction and a good repertoire of different "voices"
    I was delighted to find she was reader of the whole series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All 3 books of the series were absolutely addictive. and I read (listened to) them in a continuous sequence.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad this series was recommended to me by a friend. Because it had already been made into a film, I had disregarded it on principal, and would have misseed a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Eaton
    Alderley Edge, UK
    7/25/15
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    "A fitting end"

    It bugs me that this story is held up a "young adult" fiction, as it is a thoroughly dark and depressing tale. The Hunger Games trilogy is a dystopian sci-fi. The movies are generally faithful, but the books are better, and the bleak war torn world Suzanne Collins has created is vivid. The only thing that jars a bit is that since it is told in first person through the eyes of Kat is Everdeen, her tendency to get knocked out or injured means that some major events end up happening "off camera". It's like the old Doctor Who "lack of funding or capability to show the events" syndrome: "There's been a major war and 2/3 of the Galaxy is destroyed! Look, here's a paper report about it!".

    The end, and indeed the epilogue, feels rushed, but there are some nasty stings in the tail for those who have stuck with the series since Book 1, especially if you have been thinking carefully about the information supplied since the beginning of Book 2.

    I thoroughly recommend it - the books aren't excessively long, and I feel that, especially given the crazy popularity of the movies, they will go down as a modern classic. The audio version is well read, although I feel that as good as Carolyn McCormick is I would love to hear a full cast recording with sound effects and music (like the Dune audiobooks). How about it Audible?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Chambers
    uk
    7/21/15
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    "I loved the hunger games trilogy"

    well narrated book, great storyline with some unexpected outcomes, but brilliant end to the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr D A Kay
    7/18/15
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    "Annoying narrator"

    Love the books in this trilogy, but this woman's voice is dreadful - so annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aisha
    7/17/15
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    "Amazing"

    Loved The whole entire series can listen to them over and over again amazing. Can not wait for more wow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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