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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.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Most likely the narrator. Give the girl the strength she deserves. I got the feeling if I read the book I might enjoy it. This is because unlike the narrator who makes Catnice sound weak I picture a strong and self confident person, one with normal fears but strong enough to always survive.
Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?
Great story line. Give the characters more strength. Get rid of so much of the mellow drama.
What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?
Here is a girl, our heroin, who takes on the establishment yet the narrator makes her sound like a weak, ultra-over-dramatic looser. She takes the mellow drama to new levels. In fact, after 5 minutes I couldn't take it any more, I was litterally ready to stab myself in the ear with an ice pick! (how's that for over dramatic!) I'll have to read the book if I want to know what happens.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
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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.
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A lot of this third installment is the story line you expect, but a couple of things make the work unique. The first of these in that the protagonist has a realistic reaction to the events, suffering from post traumatic stress rather than taking things in her stride. The second is that the book ends with a focus on this confused protagonist, rather than posting the world as a rosy paradise.
All in all, the third installment makes it worth listening to the second and rounds off the first.
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Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not sure.. But Mockingjay is a slight let down on the first 2 Hunger Games books.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Peeta, he's just a good person through and through. Sad that he had to go through so much suffering. :(
What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
She expresses the intention of the character's words well. Gives the story more atmosphere :)
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Like hollywood is doing!!!!
Any additional comments?
Its a long book and the story seems to become a little tired. I think this is because i this book the author leaves the "in the arena" formula that was so successful in the first two books. But I can see why the depart from the formula was necessary in this third book. I was disappointed by the ending a little. It would have been good to me to have had a happier ending, i would probably feel more satisfied. But its still an excellent book especially if you have read the first two hunger games books.
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