Mr. Howey has created an interesting concept but utterly lacks the literary talent or psychological insights necessary to make this series worth one's time.
Amanda Sayles might be a very nice woman, perhaps even possesses acting talent, who knows? But how in the world she was hired to perform an audiobook must remain one of the universe's great unfathomable mysteries. She has one voice, her everyday, perfectly pleasant conversational one, but all other efforts at characterization sound like a daycare teacher's effort to use cartoony voices to entertain her three year old students. I do not blame her but rather the publisher or whomever who made the decision to use her. Just like we don't blame Sophia Coppola for accepting a lead in Godfather Part III and exhibiting to the world how ill conceived was that casting. Just tell me that Amanda had once donated a kidney to the publisher's child and I will stop shaking my head at the thought that in this world of such talented actors, Amanda Sayles was considered the best choice for this series.
Ms. McCormick was a terrible choice in tone and personality. Beyond her limited acting talent in voicing various characters, her fatal and fundamental flaw is the whiny and weak depiction of Katniss, especially glaring in comparison to Jennifer L's depiction representing strength, character and courage. And another problem: how could the producer have chosen an actor performing a first-person narrative of a TEENAGER who clearly sounds middle aged? This is not rocket science!
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