No, no more books by Charlaine Harris.
She could have made Sookie a more independent, strong, feminist woman who has actual friends and a life other than the one surrounding the troubles she has with the abusive men in her life. She is more independent in the TV version, she has a best friend who stands by her. Here she is just a curious plaything. Also, why kill off the obligatory stereotype of a black gay guy? In the TV show his life is more well-roundedly portrayed with a boyfriend and troubles of his own - here he is just a sidekick to be cut for dramatic effect. Ever heard of the Bechdel Test for movies, meaning that you check whether the movie has 1. at least two women in it 2. who have speaking roles 3. talking about something other than a man? And this test does not tell whether the movie is good or feminist, it just tests whether it has any well-rounded portrayals of women in it. Well, this book is told from the point of view of a women but still I don't think it would pass that test! And we're talking about a book here, an 8,5 hour listen, and still there's no real talk (let alone conversations) or between women about something other than a man! I don't think there's ever even any thinking/narration contemplating something other than a man. I know, I know, it's a romance book, about a love story, but still. Give me a real person I can relate to rather than just a puppet.
Nothing wrong about Johanna Parker's narration.
Enjoyable, exciting, easy (to listen to)
Yes, if they're in the mood for something entertaining and not too heavy to listen to while doing other things. Not if they're looking for the most profound and intellectual books. I mean, The Hunger Games is good and clever and makes good points about reality tv, positions of power and responsibility - but it still feels like a book written for teenagers.
I liked how I already knew the characters so I didn't have to struggle at all to keep up with what was going on, or really even concentrate at all. I like to listen to audiobooks while doing other things - sewing, cleaning, painting etc. and this was perfect for that.
Sure. I like the strong female characters in her books. Although, I think that the love triangle between the main characters was accentuated a bit too much to my taste, which takes away from the feminist feel of Katniss' strength. "Which boy to choose?" Reminds you too much of Twilight etc.
I obviously listened to the other Hunger Games books, and I like Carolyn McCormick's reading style. Even though it's in an American accent (I prefer British or international), it didn't bother me, it wasn't a heavy accent. And I liked how she didn't try to make her voice too different for male characters, for example.
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