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)
Ok I'm sorry, but I just have to say it.
It's so sad when you can tell the narrator doesn't have the ability to narrate in the context of the tone the words were meant to convey! That's one thing I use to believe would be automatic with audio books. I thought the narrator would sit down with the author or a producer, to be sure they had the right tone, of each line the way the author intended when it was written! APPARENTLY NOT!
e.g. There's a part where Joanna is saying, "Dale isn't scared of me....*looks over at Dale* Are you gorgeous?"
Now anyone with a halfway decent command of the English language knows exactly what tone that line should sound like. That line was said twice in the book.
BUT said WRONG!
This narrator said: Dale isn't scared of me. (then as if in a total change of subject)
"Are YOU Gorgeous!!!"
(imgaine a tone of saying, "AREN'T YOU JUST GORGEOUS!!!")- like what you'd say when you see a cute puppy or kitten or exotic car.
She did this twice. I was like really?? Seriously????
So that's why I rated the 'performance' with 1 star.
The 'story' also receives one star for being so anticlimactic.
Here you are (as a listener) all story long being inculcated with the expectation of this massive showdown between the Katniss and President Snow....pshhhh! (wont give it away but it's so disappointing trust me!)
Hell, in the end you don't even know if Coin was even responsible for the parachutes or not!
Everyone who read book 1 and 2 of this trilogy, of course will get the 3rd, but I just feel that this 3rd book The Mocking Jay was disappointing. The book kind of dragged, and most upsetting is, the ending was horrible.
I want to read, but I don't have time. So I listen to audio books because it's something to do on the road, or when I don't need to focus.
If they read the other hunger games books, I would. I probably wouldn't recommend this series unless someone was already some what interested in reading them.
The ending is ridiculous and it seems like Collins lost track of where she was going with everything, and just tried to wrap it up.
I would get Carolyn McCormick if the narrators perspective was that of an old woman. Katnis is a teenage girl. This doesn't make sense, and it's annoying to hear it read in her voice.
The ending is pretty depressing and unsatisfying. I would not call this book inspirational.
Yes, I would (and have) recommended it to numerous people. This is one of the best series I have read. Normally I would expect that the story gets a little dull by the 3rd book, but this one kept me on my toes. I actually listened to the whole thing in one day!
There is no comparison to this book. It's the only series I have thoroughly enjoyed since King's DT series.
I didn't like her voices for the characters, they all seemed one in the same to me.
I think I may not have liked the narrator due to the fact that I actually read the first two books in this series myself. My voices in my head for the characters were very different.
I have read all three in the Hunger Games series, I have seen the movie. I so fell in love with all of the characters that I decided to listen to the books as well. You get a completely different perspective and if you enjoyed the books, you will love listening to them as well!
Yes, but only because it is the final book of the trilogy.
Catniss of course
They are making a movie
In terms of novels it's ok...not normally my genre of literature, but I thought I'd give it a try. .
What I discover is that the story becomes redundant...like Harry Potter, these books seem to capitalize on a theme, over and over again. I wouldn't purchase another of her books.
Not the best of the trilogy but still worth reading. I felt that the story was dragged out a little too far in this book, it should have concluded after the second book.
I have to say this ranks pretty low. It wasn't nearly as good as the first two books. The turned Katniss into a weak and whiny character until the end. Even then she doesn't show much character. I think this could have been done better.
I like the very end when Katniss finally ends up with one of the boys and has a family. I won't say which in case someone hasn't listened to this book.
Of the three I have listen to, this ranks last. But, that isn't her fault it was the material I disliked.
When her sister died was the most heartfelt portion of the book. You could almost see it coming however.
"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.
"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.
"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.....
"My fave film/ book ever, though she has an annoying voice"
Good story but she has a very annoying voice!!! Best book and film ever lism
This final book of the Hunger Games Triology is just as good as the other two. Very sad the story has now finished but will definitely listen to it again in the future
"great story, annoying voice"
I would recommend the book, I am a massive fan of the series
The readers voice was too slow and had a 'posh american' accent that distracted me from the story.
"The voice gets less annoying the more you listen"
I love the book. I've read it and listened to it at least 10 times combined. The narrator might be annoying to British listeners but me and mother both found that after about an hour you get used to it and actually it makes you find her different and the narrator almost became Katniss in the end. I recommend that even if you dislike the narrator when you try a trial to stick with her.
In terms of the book, well, it's famous! Look at real reviews!
"amazing!! love the whole trilogy!"
my favourite books to read over and over again! a brilliant ending to a captivating story! love the whole story! just wish there were more than 3 books!
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