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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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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "A fitting end to a great series"
    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, riveting, satisfying


    What other book might you compare Mockingjay to and why?

    The Hunger Games for obvious reasons


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

    Katness


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

    A fitting end to a great series


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike others, I enjoyed the ending. I love a good twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    USBuntu 06-12-12
    USBuntu 06-12-12
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    "Not as good as the first"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You won't miss anything but skipping this one. As, I enjoyed the first book about hunger games and wanted to know what happens next I picked up the last two. Unfortunately, this did not meet my expectation. There was no former intensity and it felt quite flat.


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    Deb Stevens Friendship, New York United States 06-11-12
    Deb Stevens Friendship, New York United States 06-11-12
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    "Who's still playing The Game?"
    Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks third in the series of the hunger games series. And as for series the Hunger games ranks third in all my listening of books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Make me think of what our world may become if things don't change.


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

    Sorry no


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

    When Katniss shot Coin, I think she has finely started to think about the future and figured out that both Coin and Snow had played her and nothing was going to change with the Hunger Games. Snow was going to die anyway (cuoghing up blood as he was) so her only shot at trying to get things changed was to shoot Coin at that time and place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lori Duluth Mn 06-11-12
    lori Duluth Mn 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It was slow going but ended well"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes because its the last of the triology but not the best book of the triology.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JJ United States 06-11-12
    JJ United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, not as good as the first one"

    By the third one of the series, they are getting a little predictable...but I enjoyed it.

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    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 06-09-12
    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Full Series Review - Possible Spoilers"

    It is hard for me to think of these books as separate entities because I think they are truly a part of one story. Overall, I liked these books, and they are worth a listen. I'm not a huge fan of Catching Fire, but it is a necessary read to keep abreast of all the plot lines in Mocking Jay. I try to keep it vague, but like I said above their might be spoilers below.





    When I first started listening to the series I read a review somewhere that reminded readers that the story is not necessarily about Katniss, it is about her role as a pawn in larger events. I'd love to give credit to that person, but I've long since forgot where I read the review. It is, however, the key element to remember when listening to these stories. For one, it helps the reader to make sense of Carolyn McCormick reading the books. I love her as an actress, and I love her voice, but it is a distictive and mature voice, not necessarily something I would have picked for Katniss. Remembering that while Katniss figures heavily in the events of the book, the overall story is not necessarily about her, helped me to connect with McCormick as a reader. I was able to think of her not as Katniss narrating her own story, but as, say, a mother reading Katniss's story to her daughter.

    If there is one critique I have of these stories it is the love triangle. It made sense in the Hunger Games, but Katniss needed to declare her feelings in Catching Fire, partly because it was obvious to the reader at that point, and partly to allow more time for resolutions and reconciliations between the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 06-08-12
    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 06-08-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good third book in the series"
    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    I liked the unique story of the book and the many twists in the plot.


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

    Carolyn McCormick, I found to be a bit annoying as a narrator, compared to others. However, once you get used to her, it is OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this book ended a bit prematurely, but overall, I would recommend it to others. Excellent storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 06-06-12
    Paul 06-06-12
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    "Decent books,but mostly a " Bodice ripper".."
    What did you like best about Mockingjay? What did you like least?

    Giving soap operas and "Bodice Rippers" their due, I stayed commited to the listening of all three books before my judgement was made final. It has remained the same throughout. The target audience here would not be male in general. There were a few instances that crossed the lines of gender association, for lack of a better description. Simply put, I prefer Jason Bourne/ Dirk Pit type charactors.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If I wanted to examine a charactor's innermost feelings as they seem to rise and fall with the cycles of the moon, I'd be a woman I guess. For me, it's just not what I enjoy. A woman torn between love and lust. Anguishing over the betrayal of a steadfast and totally devoted man. ARRRRRGH! Blech! Get to the ACTION and REACTION! Get technical! While the author was graphic and many times gave a masculine descriptive in her writing, the relaying of the protagonist's feeling felt like a squealing piece of chalk on a board to me. I know, I'm a guy... not in touch with my inner self, or my deepest feelings, yadda, yadda, yadda, Those episodes of introspection detracted from my full enjoyment of the books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I kept seeing the face of Al Bundie's wife from " Married with Children" when I listened to her. This isn't to say she was bad. In fact I enjoyed her naration very much. I just could'nt shake that image, despite the main charactor's being a teenager.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't change your style or type of writing. Just realize you appeal to some readers more than others?

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    Christie Melbourne, FL, United States 06-06-12
    Christie Melbourne, FL, United States 06-06-12
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    "Great story, poor narration"
    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    The narrator gave almost every character in the book a royal English accent, which became very distracting throughout the entire book.


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    Kimberly M. Beer 06-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this series!"
    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    A perfect ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Collin's futuristic version of our world -- and the warning it has for all of us.


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

    Yes, I have listened to all three Hunger Games books. I found McCormick's narration good.


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

    Of course Mockingjay will lead you to an extreme reaction. You have to feel for this heroine and the other characters -- as well as examine your own life and our culture.


    Any additional comments?

    I know there have been a lot of negative reviews of this last book in the series. These reviews kept me from listening to this story for several months. BUT I am so glad I finally let go of what others were saying and took the ride. It was amazing. I disagree with the negative views of how the story ends -- no, it is not a "perfect ending" for all the characters (are there ever perfect endings?) but it was perfect ending for this story. I loved it. I was moved by it. I am sad that I will not get to spend any more time in Collin's Panam, but I feel sated and happy with how this story wrapped up. If you've enjoyed the other books, but feel hesitant about some negative reviews -- DON'T -- download, listen and enjoy!

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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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