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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"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)
I loved this book just like the rest!
There was actually an ending.
Yes they were all good.
I would make a big deal about the Mockingjay!
I listen to many audiobooks and it would be impossible to rank, but I did really enjoy this book and couldn't wait to see how it ended. I loved the narrator also. Her voice was smooth and made me feel like I was inside Katniss's head while she was thinking.
Obviously, Katniss although I did love Gale, Haymitch and Cinna
Can't tell you without a spoiler alert. :)
When Cinna was attacked.
Yes, The story is intriguing
The Character Of Katniss
I had to think about the ending. I'm not sure if I liked it. It did make me think though. I just thought it either was a dream or just written in a hurried way. Not much closure for our hero. On the other hand, it did make me think. It did make me feel Depressed, but, that's how it goes.
Like the last two books, this one was fast paced, full of surprise plot twists, and hard to put down. However, the plot was so relentlessly grim that I felt worn out by it. I would have liked to see more humor and some lighter moments.
As with the last two books, the narration was excellent.
Yes!! Without a doubt! I wish there was more coming..
There was several twists throughout the entire book. Loved it!
I loved the way she portrayed Effie.. Her voice was spot on..
Yes. I wish I could listen to the entire trilogy over and over again..
I was eager to get to book three after how great the stories were built in book one and two. My disappointment comes from how the main character's abilities failed to grow, unexplained content (mentioned parts were left to wonder), and just a depressing story.
I am not sure. I normally do not limit readings by author, but more by the story of the book. I do enjoy series where the main character grows in knowledge, abilities, confidence, etc. so if this is the style of the author - I would probably not.
Clear, concise, a bit mono-toned.
I would rather more content be added than cut. I did not agree with how Katniss and Gale's relationship ended after having been so close for so many years. I felt the story needed more content around actions leading up to Coin and her end. If it was necessary for Prim to die - there should be a better explanation surrounding why.
The Trilogy is written with a 7th grade vocabulary, but written so well a voracious reader will not object.
Overall I enjoyed this series but I wanted to echo what some other readers have already said: I didn't think the narrator was right for the job. The voice (Katniss) wasn't too bad but the performance seemed very off, there was strange emphasis on words that didn't allow for sentences flow and I didn't enjoy any of the other character voices. I definitely won't be purchasing anything else read by Carolyn McCormick.
Was there a rule that said there HAD to be a third book? That's how it feels while you are listening to the story. I was very disappointed and even annoyed at the character by the time the book drew to a close. The first two were good. This one was really bad! I wish I had gotten something else.
Loved books 1 and 2 - by the time book 3 came around, honestly it was just more of the same. I really wanted to love it, but didn't.
"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.
"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.
"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!
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.....
"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.
One of the most addictive series I have read.
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..
Excellent reader, clear diction and a good repertoire of different "voices"
I was delighted to find she was reader of the whole series.
All 3 books of the series were absolutely addictive. and I read (listened to) them in a continuous sequence.
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.
"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?
"I loved the hunger games trilogy"
well narrated book, great storyline with some unexpected outcomes, but brilliant end to the trilogy.
Love the books in this trilogy, but this woman's voice is dreadful - so annoying!
Loved The whole entire series can listen to them over and over again amazing. Can not wait for more wow
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