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  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

  • A Hunger Games Novel
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,072 ratings)

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By: Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
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It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute...and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

©2020 Suzanne Collins (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

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Not too bad, not that good either

I finished it solely for the reason that I like Hunger Games but ended up feeling it was a complete waste of time because there wasn't any part of the book that makes me feel like it's so good, I absolutely love this one. Without any spoilers, I would just say the book is filled with "Oh, okay, is that it?" moments that never evolved into something that make one's heart sings.

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Not a train smash, still better than Cursed Child

This book, was okay. I am fresh off a reread of the original trilogy, so I caught all the references to the world and lamb stew and Tigress and the Lake.
My main gripe with the audiobook is the songs, why aren't they performed as songs?? Would have made them so much better!
There were a few too many songs, could have edited a few of those out.

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Narrator was a big disappointment.

probably a lovely person in real life but horrible choice for a long anticipated book in my opinion.
however the story itself was fine perhaps a little dull but still a good addition to the series.

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My heart is sore!

Absolute killer! In the best way. This book was so epic I want to curse before every second word. The Narrator is amazing! 5 stars all around, what an awesome experience! Had me rooting for Snow, annoyed, understanding and hating him. Thank you! I hope there will be more.

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Wow! Struggled to pause this Audio book

Loved it, met my expectations. Hopefully there will be a second book. i would highly recommend this book to Hunger Games fans. Narrator was fine the voice he put on for Lucy was a bit of putting bit done well.

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Bored

I had high hopes. I love the 3 Hunger Games books. I’ve read them several times so when this was available for pre-order I grabbed it.

It’s so incredibly boring. I’ve had to force myself to push through but it continues to be one of the most bat sh*t boring stories I’ve had the displeasure to hear on Audible.

What’s with all the bloody songs? I can only assume the author is hoping this will one be picked up as depressing broadway musical.

Very disappointed.

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Good listening, but a bit disappointing

Good listening. A lot more brutal than the other books. A lot more raw feellings from the war. Disappointed with some character development, however not surprising overall.

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Not even close to the Hunger Games series

Two-dimensional characters, including the main character Snow, written without nuance. The symbolism littered throughout the book was clumsy and obvious, and the story itself was plodding and indelicate.

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love love love

Loved this book so much it means everything and adds so much to the already amazing world of the hunger games I can’t wait for the movie

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Amazing

What you know about the Hunger Games gets an origin story unlike any you could expect.
A twist or two, some emotional beats which land with full effect, characters so flawed and endearing you root for them despite it all. Amazing to think that you can actually find yourself championing for such an evil in an already broken world.

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