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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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    GS 08-28-10
    GS 08-28-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Conflicting Emotions"

    Ah... I think after the strong ending in "catching fire" that mockingjay might become more action oriented.

    What I didn't bargain on was the book becoming so dark and for so long. I guess Hunger Games and Catching Fire had element of colourful naive adventure in them. Mockingjay is not colourless but dark, confronting and causes a ruckus of emotion in the listener.

    I can understand people not liking the book - because it isn't what they had signed up for. They had signed up for light YA games. This is the mature adult reality of life. Suzanne Collins causes the readers to grow up to these issues quite quickly. They need to realise that the book is still beautifully written and narrated. There is still a story and a message.

    I think the ending gives closure but not the warm pleasant feeling of a happy ending. Everyone must wish that certain bloody events didn't occur.

    Definite worth listening but be warned - don't expect everyone to come unscathed and DO keep tissues handy.

    82 of 91 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 04-15-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2015

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Well done... but bitter-sweet..."

    As to be expected whenever a book that you have grown to enjoy comes to an end, you get a bitter sweet feeling. It gets worse when the book ends in a way that you don't really perceive it...

    The book was narrated well enough; I think it was done far better in this book more due to the fact that the mental state of the characters in this book suited the narrator's strong area. The narrator does tortured/confused very well... you'll get what I mean when/if you listen to the book.

    The book was bitter-sweet at the best. I feel sorry for how scarred and broken most of the characters ended up IMHO and the end of the book seemed somewhat rushed to me. It was good... but not great, definitely not up to the standard of the previous 2 books, but it was good enough. Not horrible to the point where it is unreadable of course, just bitter-sweet overall...

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    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-26-12
    Sue Schreiber Texas 02-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A very satisfying ending"

    After reading some of the other reviews I was not sure how much I would like this last book. However I knew I had to read it so I would know how the story ended. I am so glad I put the opinion of others aside and read with an open mind to decide for myself if it was a worthy read.
    I don't think the book could have ended any other way. This is not a story about sunshine and roses (no pun intended). It is about children forced to pay for the sins of their ancestors. The whole subject of the series is dark and disturbing and if you go into it knowing it is not going to be a feel good story your appreciation of the ending is greatly enhanced.
    Katniss is not a super hero she is a teenager who has been physically, emotionally, and mentally abused. She has been put upon a pedestal against her will and expected to know all the answers, when in fact she is just a child trying to make her way in a harsh cruel world.
    I like the fact that she doesn't have all the answers, that she breaks down and not always does what is expected. This makes her a much more believable character, much more human. If you pay attention to the personalities of the characters in the story they are all flawed, so it would not fit if she always knew and did the right thing.
    This is a story about real people with all their faults, not super heroes, which is what makes the story a much better read.
    The story line is dark and tragic and if you are not able to read about bad things happening to children this is not the series you want to read. It is not a feel good story, but it is very thought provoking. It will make you have second thoughts about the state of our world as we know it today.

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    Michele McCole Moss 09-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected, but . . ."

    My first reaction to the conclusion was that the book lacked a certain sense of triumph. I wanted good things to happen to characters who I'd come to love. However, I have listened to the book twice, read it once and re-read the last few chapters a number of times. I think Collins point was to make the book as war-like as possible. There is loss. There are many, many things that the survivors will never recover from, yet they live. I thought Collins conveyed the sacrifice of change very well. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

    53 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11
    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 10-20-11 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just a Pawn"

    This trilogy has to be one of my favorite book series, and this book is a fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy, with a twisted ending. As with all the books it is a quick read, and I think the target audience really is for both adults and teens, but not any younger.

    The characters all have major faults and change throughout the book in what I would call a realistic way. One major point to remember is that Katniss is NOT the heroine of the story, but rather a pawn of politics, if you are expecting her to be the great hero in the story you will be sadly disappointed. This book has a different feel than the two other books which are based around the actual Hunger Games, this one's setting is the battlefield between the Districts and the Capitol. This book is very much a tragedy and does not have the type of happy ending ending I was hoping for, although it does tie up the loose ends and I think tried to make the best of the situation and had a very natural and realistic end.

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    Kim Brierfield, AL, United States 09-13-10
    Kim Brierfield, AL, United States 09-13-10
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    "You will NOT be disappointed - fulfilling finale.."

    I have read many poor reviews for this final book in the Mockingjay series - to the extent I almost did not read it. Thank goodness I decided to put those aside and form my own opinions. I don't leave this series full of disappointment , frustration or angst. I depart feeling saddened but encouraged - knowing a long due resolution and sense of completeness and hope was provided to the much abused characters.

    I was worried I would regret investing in the main characters, but the opposite is true. The author provided both a compelling storyline and a fulfilling resolution to the many difficulties faced throughout this series.

    As to those who lament the darkness of the story, the destruction of life, or the poor development of characters - I say they must be idealistically naive souls who have yet to face the realities of this life. There was no indescriminate destruction of life, but a sorrowful depiction of what so often occurs during those horrible situations so commonly arising during war. As to character development, how would you imagine a teenager thrown into horror movie scenarios in an attempt to protect her little sister's life, only to lose so much to the very people she thought were on her side in the end would be affected? To have all illusions shattered at such a critical and tumultuous age would be mind-numbing and life altering at best. Most people would never recover to the point they could live normal lives following such torturous abuse. These strong characters manage to give others hope by not only surviving, but in choosing to LIVE. If you were to lose all that mattered most to you, be physically tortured and mentally attacked brutally and repeatedly, would you be strong enough to face your fears and choose to continue? To be part of a new and hopefully better world? I commend the author for her depth of commitment to an honest depiction and her strength imbued to characters enabling them to embrace the hope needed to survive.

    57 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Krause 03-07-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent End to the series"

    I found this to be a wonderful ending to this epic trilogy. It went on so many twists and turns that I had no idea where it would end up. I would guess what would happen next, and though I was right, the book would amp up what just happened to levels I wasn't expecting. It is quite violent, but that's the nature of the series, and I applaud it for being so gritty. All in all, this is a series that should be read. Dark? Yes, but also quite moving.

    As for the narration, I found it to be excellent. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of mixing up her voice for the various characters without being silly. Some of the voices, basically those of Capitol characters, might have seemed a bit silly, but that actually fit the characters best. All in all, she did a superb job!

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    Patricia 09-23-10
    Patricia 09-23-10

    Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.

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    "I Loved This Series but..."

    I was completely in love after reading Hunger Games. I anxiously waited for Catching Fire and likewise counted the months, then days for the release of Mockingjay. I finished the book, and was just sitting, staring. My husband asked me if I was okay. I wasn't sure. The book was jarring and left me depressed.

    The author is a wonderful writer and narrator was great, but the story was grossly disappointing. It always seems that the last chapter of trilogy books are a fast forward, tying up loose ends but there is no depth, just a few words of resolution for the reader. Mockingjay feel into that trap. I adored the first, less so the second because of its abrupt ending, but I was very disappointed in the final installment.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 09-18-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 09-18-10 Member Since 2015

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    "A Warning for Our Time"

    Katniss Everdean is a hero. I love this character. She is a survivor, but she survived with class. She kept her humanity intact in a crazy world. I am wondering how I would do under the same circumstances.

    I read Elie Weisel's must-read autobiography, "Night", just after I finished "Mockingjay". Weisel was a jewish teenager when he was taken by the Germans to Auschwitz. He doesn't know why he survived to tell the tale, but he did. The comparison of these two stories hit me hard, and I didn't know which was worse, the true story or the fiction. I think, as bad as Katniss had it, Elie Weisel had it worse. How can we treat other human beings so badly? It is way, way out of my ken, and yet, our society is edging closer and closer to that sort of thing every minute of every day.

    The Hunger Games trilogy is a warning to us to hold on to what we have, and most especially, hold on to our humanity.

    As always, Carolyn McCormick is an outstanding narrator.

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    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 08-31-10
    Brent Mililani, HI, United States 08-31-10
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    "What could have been much more"

    I found the first two books of the series to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Any first book of a series is full of discovery and often the most eye-opening as was The Hunger Games. The second book can sometimes be a sophomore slump, but I thought Catching Fire was as entertaining and moving as the first.

    I anticipated Mockingjay would hold the same kind of discovery and adventure. Instead, I found the plot to be haphazard and confusing. I was left with questions throughout the book. I expected many to be answered by the book's end, but as the time wound down I became frustrated knowing that some of my questions would not have answers.

    The dark edge of the book did not bother me and I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. She has become a character of the audiobook series.

    With all that said, if you are a fan of the book, you will undoubtedly have to listen to this book, too. While I am disappointed in some of the aspects of the book, I do not regret listening to it.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • terri
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    "Wow"
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    Watching the 1st 2 films, and knowing there making this book into two films xxx


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catness everdeen love her xxx


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Wonderfully spoken


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

    Yes, but found every day life got involved and it took me 3 days xx


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "Not the ending I expected"


    A nice ending to the trilogy, with a few surprises along the way

    Story – 4/5

    This 3rd book surprised me, but in a good way. It didn’t go in the direction I was expecting overall, which made it even more entertaining. There were a lot of new ideas applied, and she finished it off with an almighty bang.

    Most of the issues with the first two novels were ironed out quite nicely in the end, and we were able to see a more ruthless side of people’s personalities. Suzanne Collins did an excellent job in not making the war seem black and white, with it bringing out a different side of people’s personalities. I felt that this was a better representation of human nature and a vast improvement in her writing.

    Performance – 4/5

    Carolyn McCormick is an excellent voice actor and narrator. If you enjoyed her in the first two books, you will enjoy her in this. All characters had distinctly recognisable voices, and she was able to portray the emotions of them very well throughout.

    Overall – 4/5


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  • thomas
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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    "AWESOME!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    An awesome ending to an awesome trilogy!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    At first her voice is rather monotone and drab, however as the book goes on you get used to it and her little voices start to actually be funny hah


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Its a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "No games thankfully but a thrilling shocking end"
    Would you listen to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 again? Why?

    Yes I would definitely listen to this book again, probably more so when the film comes out. It was actually more complex than the other instalments, I can understand already why choose to split it into two films more so than with others (the hobbit being a great example). Plus there is also the sense that I might find something the second time round I missed the first time too.


    What other book might you compare Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 to, and why?

    It is hard to say really, the first two book although the likeness to Battle Royale is there were alike but this was drastically different in a good way. Somewhere down the line I might do so but at the moment I don't think there is.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She does a great job of bringing all the characters to life in away, this is something that she also did well in the first and second audiobooks too. I liked how she could make the stylists and characters like Effie sound more over the top than their film counterparts which in a way felt more fitting.


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

    It is hard to answer this one without giving too much away, without using examples relating to specific moments in the audiobook I will say that this was definitely the most shocking and disturbing book. There are no games but the story is that gripping that you don't miss it, but there are twists that sparked intense/ disturbed emotions.

    It is not like most children's books I definitely come across over the years, yes Harry Potter had it's many moments but those can sometimes feel like a walk in the park and definitely shocked that it actually went there.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely say to those who like the films but not read the books or listen to the audiobooks to check these out. You get a better sense of the shocking, disturbing world of the hunger games more than an faithful film adaptation ever could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matteo
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Third book in the series, as good as the first."
    If you could sum up Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Sequel, darker, involving.


    What other book might you compare Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 to, and why?

    The previous two books in the series: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Great story arc and good depiction of how the characters grow up and handle the macabre "games" they are made to play in.


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

    On a par with the previous books in the series. I haven't really listened to other books narrated by Carolyn McCormick.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Civil war, end of the series, deception and mind games. Fitting end to the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy listening, it made me realise I had a small elephant in my eye and was shedding tears. I was sad to finish off the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Calne, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Very good final book in the trilogy."
    What did you like most about Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3?

    This book was a very good end to the trilogy. It was an extremity hard book to stop listening to as it is griping and pulls you in.


    Would you recommend Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would defo recommend this book if you have listened to the first two books as it follows the story very well and keeps you thinking.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did very well as she really brought the characters to life.


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

    The end of the war was a very moving moment and really hits home as it was out of the blue.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a very good book and it kept me entertained for hours i really could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Atrocious story and reading"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The Hunger Games trilogy takes a nose-dive with each book worse than the previous (like the Matrix films!) This last book is so hard to get through that I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone ...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Absolutely not - the bizarre performance for the main character, Catness, is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me! I don't think it's her natural voice/accent as the voice acting she does for other characters is ok. I played a clip or two of her doing her Catness voice to people in my office and they just laughed ...


    What character would you cut from Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3?

    Hmm ... not enough happens, so I think if we lost one of the characters it would have an even more anaemic storyline


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Astonishing"
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    I can't describe why but it is impossible to put down in such a good way.


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

    My most memorable is the quote, “Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favourite?

    Katniss


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

    I don't cry at all, except when listening to this book, and I ended up crying on the train. Awkward that's all I can say.


    Any additional comments?

    Utterly amazing a must have, I couldn't stop reading it I listened to it all in one go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lena
    Abingdon, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very good story and narrated clearly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss for her breavery


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When at the end of the book she fell in love


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

    Yes cry


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely brilliant book would recommend it to everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    11/14/13
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    "An obvious story and outcome"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Having gone through the first two, everyone will finish the trilogy, but ultimately this was a bit of a let down and was a little obvious.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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