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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- A Hunger Games Novel
- Written by: Suzanne Collins
- Narrated by: Santino Fontana
- Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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.
Was this needed? Yes it was.
- By Denise on 2020-05-20
good prequel, narration... not so much
Suzanne Collins did a great job writing a coming of age story about a villain who changed the course of history in Panem. You can easily see how he got from the end of this book, to who he is 64 years later. She wove in some nice connections to the other stories, and developed Snow in a way that lets you see why Katniss would be so threatening to him.
The narration would have been fine, if it were only male characters being voiced. However, when he reads female voices, the narration becomes cloying... when the female characters sing, which they do a lot in the second half, the narration becomes intolerable. Had there been more of this in the first half I might not have finished the audiobook.
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