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Mockingjay Audiobook

Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

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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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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Satisfying"

    Unlike a lot of people I've talked to, I enjoyed the third Hunger Games book the most. Collins, the author, keeps a pretty quick pace with a lot of action and interesting twists. We pick up almost immediately where we left off, and we are right in the thick of the rebellion which was hinted at in the first two books. There's no arena this time, but the invasion of the Capitol is essentially the same thing, as the villains are using the same technology to defend their city. We get almost all the answers we're looking for, there are some really exciting sequences, and you can really hear how the author has improved over the past three books (Except for this: The author inexplicably leaves Katniss out of two of the most important events in the book, which means we don't get to experience them at all. Disappointing). At the end of it all, I think the narration prevented me from liking this trilogy more.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A little disappointed"

    I was a little disappointed in the final installment of the Hunger Games. The series seemed to lose steam in this final book but it's a must read to bring closure to the series. It does not quite end in the way you might expect.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Madelein Garland, TX, United States 02-17-12
    Madelein Garland, TX, United States 02-17-12
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    "Sad to see it end.."
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice was perfect. Although I sort thought it would sound younger since Katniss is still a teenager but the narrator did a beautiful job on bringing the story to life. I couldn't stop listening to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I hate to see it end, I wanted this series to last a long time but it ended great. I did want to a fairy tale ending where everyone is happy and they get what the fought so long for, but the way this book ended was amazing. It was a bitterweet and powerful ending.


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

    The moment were Katniss sang the hanging man song. I got goosebumps and couldn't stop humming it. That is one song I will not forget for a while.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawnae Carlsbad, NM, United States 02-14-12
    Shawnae Carlsbad, NM, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Could have been better"

    This book was OK, but not as good as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The climax was rocky and then finally started to feel like the first two books. However, the end of the book was too rushed that it became more about trying to wrap the series up in the last few chapters instead of playing out the rest of the story in a way that would satisfy fans of the series. The story jumps from week to week and Katniss is unconscious or drugged for most of the book. It could have been better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce 02-11-12
    Bruce 02-11-12
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    "I think the author got bored"

    I try to write reviews when I think they are warranted; sometimes I can be critical. I don't often read books that are in a long series, I get bored. But this being a trilogy, I thought I could get through it. Only this time I think the author got bored too. I really liked the first book, I'd give it 4 1/2 stars. The second was okay, not as interesting, only three stars. I was hoping for a traumatic conclusion in the final book, but it never happened. Too much re-living the past; not a lot to hold my interest. And I got the impression even the author may have been getting tired, thought "if this were eight or ten books, how would I end it?" and then just felt, why wait, I'll end it here, do a little forecasting in the future and let it be over. It was disappointing. Two stars maybe. Although I did enjoy the author's comments at the end on here background for creating the Games.
    However, I have not given up on the author, I'm sure there will be future writings worth listening to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer EUREKA, CA, United States 02-04-12
    Kindle Customer EUREKA, CA, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2016

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    "An imperfect lense..."

    Some of what I write could be perceived as spoilers... just warning ya.

    The biggest strength/weakness of a first person book is that the world is seen totally through the eyes of a character. If that character is well written and engaging, so too is the world. But if the character falls short in one way or another, the world starts to lose some of its clarity. Like a milky lens, the reader is left out of the details.

    Katniss spends an enormous amount of time in the third book knocked out, wounded or otherwise totally unable to control or influence the world around her, in spite of the character being in a position to effect MASSIVE influence on the world around her. Instead she over reacts to perceived affronts, never questions anything deeply enough to show she is even engaged and basically gets told by everyone how she should be feeling, for example when she is being cruel to Pita after his return. Its not till someone points out her unfairness that she chooses to stop being unfair. I would have liked to see her engaged enough to at least question and search out her own feeling about the whole thing rather than have someone tell her.

    In my case, by becoming disengaged, it allowed me a lot more time to nitpick the universe. How can magic impenetrable walls be made instantly in book two's arena to trap Katniss and Finnick in with Jabber Jays but then people still bleed out for lack of something more technological than a tourniquet? How can hovercraft turn invisible but not drop bombs from higher than 100 yards, the distance Katniss claimed to be able to hit things with her amazing bow and arrow? How can shields be everywhere else in the world but NOT on something like a hovercraft? What kind of military idiot leaves the defense of their city up to pods that a) can be exploded when shot and b) are fully visible and unsupported? All small things in total but I would not have noticed them if I felt engaged in the universe.

    Finally the ending and epilogue, which seem to get the most venom. One of my favorite movies? Cold Mountain. So I LOVE a good bittersweet ending. And I love David Drake, a MilSciFi author who has a book called "Grim as Hell," so it stands to reason I like the concept of "war is evil and bad for people." But that's not what I got out of this. I was pretty unimpressed with how grim and gritty the war is and the cheap efforts to elicit emotion. Katniss barely cares about any of these characters and never really forms a bond with even the ones she is closest to so how can I care much when they get offed? How can I put much emotion into her efforts to kill Snow when its such a badly thought out plan? How am I supposed to invest in this war and its horrors when most of it is through Katniss who is always under a camera?

    As for the ending... Well whatever. It just gives me more reason to find the character uninteresting. I rather prefer the stories of soldiers who have lost so much, including limbs and friends, coming back from war and working hard at making prosthetic work for them and chasing life because they know how short and ephemeral it is. You know, like the ones in the news. This world is full of all sorts of horrors. But we humans persist in our sense of wonder and amazement. If Katniss can't find that in her own children, then she obviously lacks in the human spirit that makes us more than the sum of our parts.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benasha 01-16-12
    Benasha 01-16-12

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    "Not as good as the first two installments"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The last book in The Hunger Games trilogy, didn't really live up to my expectations. Suzanne Collins spent too much time exploring the inner thoughts of Kapniss Everdeen, for my liking. The overall story was very entertaining. Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job of narrating the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    The most memorable moment was when Peeta and Kapniss met for the first time, after he was rescued, and bought back to District 13.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick has a great speaking voice, and her vocal variety bought the book to life for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aditya Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-16-11
    Aditya Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2017
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    "SLOW"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Man... the first 2 books were great.... this one is sooo slow... Collins gets engrossed in describing the secene the art etc..not too much action.... also, towards the end i feel like things are happening just as a filler because she needed the last 100 pages or so... the ending is by far not satisfying... !!!


    Would you recommend Mockingjay to your friends? Why or why not?

    if you have read the first 2 books... you want to read the conclusion... altho not recommeneded...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 12-09-11
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2016

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "Anti-climactic ending"

    As enjoyable as it was to rejoin Katniss in her battle against the Capital, the original creative and personal animosity/bonding of youngsters fighting for their lives, does not continue equally through this last part in the trilogy of the Hunger Games.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-30-11
    Jennifer Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-30-11
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    "Great Narrator"

    This book was well written, but the narrator was fantastic. I actually got the whole series as an audio book because I couldn't finish the series without the narration of the third book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Ligs
    Claix, France
    4/6/12
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    9/2/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam
    Oslo, Norway
    12/5/11
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Neath, United Kingdom
    6/15/11
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    "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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • david
    manchester, United Kingdom
    5/18/12
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    "poor ending!!!!!"

    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.....

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • English Country Life
    United Kingdom
    9/24/14
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    "More of a whimper than a bang"
    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    An interesting change of pace where the protagonists take on a more revolutionary role - think "Tomorrow when the war began" and a little bit "Red Dawn"


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Collins? Why or why not?

    I'd certainly give her stuff a go again - it is sufficiently good for parents (like me) to read their daughters books!


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

    This book was the weakest of the trilogy. Whilst still well written it was stilted in places and felt a little like a clock running down rather than an exiting conclusion. It brought to mind Frodo's whinge trek through Mordor on occasions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    5/17/17
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    This book is captivating and the narrator completely brings the story to life. loved all 3 books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • luko
    4/11/17
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    "excellent"

    Brilliant story - well written and well presented very enjoyable. It comes highly recommended for adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David R
    Bradford U.K
    3/3/17
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    "An exciting end to the story"

    In this final book in the trilogy we find Katnis in district 13 with a mentally unstable wristband on due to her experiences in the games and the fact that Peter was taken by the Capitol when she destroyed the arena in the 75th games.

    President Coin of district 13 and Plutarch want Katnis to be the Mockingjay. However Katnis is not sure she wants to until she visits district 12 and sees the remains of her old district for herself including skulls laying on the ground. On her return to 13 she sees a broadcast from the Capitol showing Peter asking for a ceasefire, which angers everybody but Katnis and Prim. Katnis is now worried that if the rebels win the civil war Peter will be killed as a traitor. Prim tells Katnis that she can demand almost anything from Coin in agreement to be the Mockingjay. So Katnis makes Coin swear that Peter and the other victors will be granted immunity in front of the whole of district 13.

    Katnis tours districts, Peter warns 13 of an impending attack, Coin rescues Peter who then tries to Kill Katnis because he believes she is a mutt. Katnis manages to get herself to the Capitol and joins Boggs, Gale, Finnick and others to battle their way to Snow's home.

    At the gates of victory Katnis sees Prim working as a rebel medic, bombs go off, Prim is dead.

    Katnis finds herself facing Snow who claims that Coin was responsible for dropping the bombs not him and assures Katnis that they promised never to lie to each other.

    Katnis is given the task of killing Snow with an arrow but instead shoots Coin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • seany
    england
    1/22/17
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    "Hunger Games"

    Absolutely brilliant completely enthralled in all 3 books had to keep listening. Superbly written & well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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