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)
Although the series is great, this book starts out boring for the first 9-10 chapters, and especially for boys (mine is 13). But when it picks up it is great.
1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!
After listening to Hunger Games, I finished the two final books in a 2 week period. I listened as much as possible and was pulled into the story. The books were so well written and I truly enjoyed the ending. I highly recommend this series!
Mockingjay is very different from the first two installments. The book's structure is different, not centered around the games. It is slower, reflecting the mundane life in a confines of a secluded district. I would encourage you to look beyond your expectations of the action-packed events set up in the first two books. The main fire is burning inside our heroine. She does not know it yet, but from a clueless survivor she transforms into a solid, contemplating, mature human being.
The ending is beautiful. The last main event questions everything and puts everything in its place. Oh yeah, and she ends up with the “right” boy and for the right reasons.
PS By the third book I got used to the annoying narration by Carolyn McCormick. And her voice and pace finally fits for the last 20 minutes of the book
I would recommend this for the simple fact that every good story needs an ending. there are some good twists and turns but over all the book is hardto start and stay interested in and after the action starts there is too much jumping around which forced me to miss details that would have been helpful to know later in the story.
Carolyn McCormick did a good job but her reading style seems very plain and over dramatic in some instances. McCormick reads very much like my 1st grade teacher, raising her voice and emphasizing uneccesarywords to keep a childs attention. Give me someone who can seperate the voices of Characters without making them seem like they are 8 years old and I'd say you have a winner.
Mockingjay is a very good ending to the Hunger Game series however I did not put as much stock into it than I did the other two books. I do not consider it to be time wasted but at the same time I feel like the series lost a lot of it's magic from the first book to it's last.
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everything is great on this one. no complaints from me. brilliant conclusion to the series.
An interesting insight into the politics behind revolution and how events change who you are especially in your late teens.
Descriptions of emotions were detailed.
The writing imagery in book 3 is more descriptive and reflective than books 1 and 2.
Book 1 gave non-stop whats, who, and when descriptions. Book 2 added detailed hows and whys. Book three was more poetic with the language, although the plot was limited, as it took longer to get through a scene due to the eleborations from the author. Yet the writing, and narration, was more hypnotic, so running through scenes at a fast pace was not a priority. It was the best book and writing overall, and yet not the best plot of the 3.
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.
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