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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • tina
  • cokato, MN, United States
  • 12-30-12

The Realities of War

This is not a love story (I think many of the readers think that is what this book should be about). This is about taking life and dealing with the consequences of your actions. It is about examining your actions and the actions of others. It is about PTSD and about the fight to recover. I think this is a book that every young person should read. The value of Suzanne Collins' words, thoughts and ideas is almost unmeasurable.
Some reviewers imply the book isn't good because there is no happy everafter. I have 2 comments: 1st- There often isn't a happy everafter for those who have endured war. 2nd- I applaud Ms. Collins for not falling for the need for happpy everafter and staying true to her story.

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 12-21-12

Wonderful Series...Tragic Demise...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would the whole series, though this last book starts slow...it ends strong...and the whole concept of the series is traumatic and sad...this last book broke my heart...

What other book might you compare Mockingjay to and why?

This series is similar to Matched, and Under the never sky...but different in its own merits...but all fall into a similar controlled society and have its own tragedies...

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

Only this series, and although I wished a younger sounding reader would have narrated, she did a great job!

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

Both, but mostly cry...it was sad, tragic and terribly upsetting...I was both shocked and appalled on many levels...but I could not put it down...

Any additional comments?

Excellent series, I have not seen the movie, but I can not believe it will do it justice...this was a very intense read/listen and I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for Katniss...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Frazier
  • SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States
  • 09-13-12

Hunger Games...continued

What did you love best about Mockingjay?

I loved the continued transformation of the Mockingjay: heart-breaking, yet inspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

I think The Mockingjay,as the final book in the series, makes a logical and profound shift from the prior two books. Without revealing too much, I'll just say that it's inspiring to see the positive influence people can have when they stand for humanity and the freedom of others...even at great cost to themselves. The entire series is very thought provoking and relevant to current world conditions. I highly recommend the series.

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

This book had a sobering influence on my typical everyday complacency.

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  • Vicki
  • Decatur, TX, United States
  • 08-22-12

After reading other reviews, I was prepared to be

disappointed. I was NOT. It isn't a happy story. Not one part of it. I kept expecting it to get worse. I don't think it did. No it isn't a fairytale ending, but I don't know how a story this dark could get any closer. All in all, I enjoyed the entire series. Now, I think I will find a mindless, happy story with a happy ending .... mmm... In which Pooh goes in search of Honey. :)

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End of the triligoy

Mockingjay was a very good book in my opinion. There were a few things that happened that I did not see coming, I will not give out any spoilers, but I enjoyed the twists and turns. The story line was a bit graphic in my opinion, but still a good story. It is very unique and begs further questions about our society in general. I recommend this book highly. Great read.

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  • Charles
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 04-19-12

Hunger Games 3

Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

No. Too much like book 1/2

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

Killing the president.

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

no

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

don't allow volunteers.

Any additional comments?

This book is ok, but really this one and the second are too much like the first, it's like the author found a winning formula and then pounded it into the ground. Mixing in some political stuff on the side. It's worth finishing the series but was a bit disappointed by books 2/3.

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Fail

See my review for the second book in this series or better yet stop at book 2 and pass on this one. You are WAY better off making your own happy ending and never reading this final book.

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Best of the Three

Would you consider the audio edition of Mockingjay to be better than the print version?

I doubt that the audio edition of Mockingjay is better than the print version although I haven't read the book. However, I think the final book in this Hunger Games trilogy is the best and through all three I really think Carolyn McCormick is not a good fit. She really detracts from the strength of the teenage heroine and makes Katniss sound like a wailing idiot. I think this is a great series to listen to, but because of the reader I would have liked to read this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

Without giving any of the plot away, I would just say the most memorable is when Katniss finally resolves her conflicting emotions.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

Any one who would have used a strong voice for a central character who deserved it. I don't understand why Carolyn McCormick has used a wailing kind of baby voice for Katniss through all 3 books when that is so not who she is.

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

I laughed a little at President Snow (of all people!) toward the end, but the book did bring a few tears at the end. I was more touched than I expected to be.

Any additional comments?

I read many comments about the darkness of the book and some comments about an unsatisfying ending before I listened to it, but that was not my impression. The book is dark but the whole trilogy is dark so no surprise there. I actually thought the ending was perfect - not tied up in a neat pretty package because life isn't like that - but with a resolution that allowed for some hope and made sense in the context of the whole story. You could kind of tell from the very beginning that Katniss was no Cinderella destined for a happily ever after kind of story, but I thought the ending fit perfectly. I really didn't like the second book much and almost didn't listen to the third. I'm really glad I did - Katniss redeemed herself and I felt like the final book was actually the best of the series.

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  • Keith
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • 03-16-12

Praise for the Hunger Games

What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay the most enjoyable?

After spending so much time with the charachters in the previous bookd it was so good to hear them again. Very sorry to see them go.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a fitting end for people who have been through so much tradegy. Not all sunshine and flowers but as real as it could have been.

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

why Katniss of course

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Well written and performed - but not my favorite

Overall - I just sort of enjoyed this book. I am glad I listened to it, but it is definitely just a so so book for me that I will never re-listen to. The story was easy to follow, and some creative and original ideas that I enjoyed and had pretty good characters. Some of the ideas and situations presented in this book will stick with me. This will be a classic book.

Trying to put a finger on what I didn't like - I guess I didn't identify with all of the feelings Katniss Everdeen expressed throughout the trilogy - I got tired of hearing about them. Also, I didn't buy into some of the ways in which people reacted to events or situations. In general, I probably would have enjoyed a shorter version of this trilogy.

The narrator's performance of this book was top notch. Carolyn McCormick was very easy to understand. Her voices were good enough to keep things clear. She seemed to be a little whiney at times, but that is how the book actually read.

As a side note, my wife liked this book a lot more than I did. I am not sure if this trilogy appeals to women more than men or not.

I hope you enjoy!

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  • Miss J. M. Sumner
  • 07-18-16

great read

This was a great read and listening whilst in the car. The boys and enjoyed it throughout. The film as usual has not given it justice

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  • molly
  • 06-21-16

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

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  • Kimberley
  • 06-03-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Louise
  • 03-17-16

great story, annoying voice

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book, I am a massive fan of the series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katins

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The readers voice was too slow and had a 'posh american' accent that distracted me from the story.

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  • Rebecca G
  • 01-01-16

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!

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  • Sarah
  • 11-22-15

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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  • Serena
  • 11-04-15

Excellent end to a good trilogy

The Hunger Games trilogy is a great series, and the Mockingjay is a good final book for the trilogy. My only complaint is the narrator managed to make Katniss sound a bit whingy, which I didn't feel fitted her character. I read the other two books in print form, so probably had a fixed idea of Katniss's voice in my head, so perhaps this is an unfair comment. The story is exciting, and not predictable. I recommend it!

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  • M Hillman
  • 10-31-15

Good story, but performance let's the side down

The story is good, although perhaps not as good as the first book in the series.

The performance of the audio book does sadly let it down however - the reading seems almost disjointed and the tone of the readers voice changes randomly, as if sections have been recorded out of sequence and not edited together especially well.

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  • jules
  • 10-18-15

Good

Any additional comments?

I had to listen to the final book and although I enjoyed it I thought it was the weakest of the trilogy. It was not as exciting as the previous books but still good and well narrated.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10-10-15

Great story, but a poor choice of narrator

A gripping piece of fiction, but this is not reflected in the audio version. Although the diction was clear, the narrator got the pacing totally wrong, and her choice of character voices was very poor. She made the main protagonist of the story sound whining, weak and frankly annoying.