The book(s) are great. I've read all three more than once. For this audio version however, I believe a different narrator would have enhanced the experience.
Not to disparage Ms. McCormick in any way but I think she was miscast for this material. Ms. McCormick's tone, inflection and pace seem better suited to a fairy-tale or other children's story than this insightful, gritty, fast-paced novel. Missing is the tension, edge, fear, oppression and desperation conveyed in the book. Also missing is the suspicious, mature (beyond her years), edgy and sometimes cynical nature of Katniss' character. Ms. McCormick's reading renders Katniss too sweet and innocent. While Katniss is inexperienced and naïve in the ways of romance, she is not sweet nor innocent-she is noble, brave and more. Other characters also suffer. They seem (through Ms. McCormick's performance) too kind...too normal. The settings for the events in the book and the circumstances the characters are forced to cope with are anything but "normal". Ms. McCormick makes a good effort, but I suspect she is just too nice a person for this story.
I'm a big fan of the entire series so, nothing about this particular book as it is a continuation of the story. I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next. Edgar Rice Burroughs was indeed a man ahead of his time.
Mr. Brick goes beyond mere narration, he makes it come alive. Great job Mr. Brick!
I was totally engrossed so as the story unfolds, drama rises and falls I experienced what the characters "experienced". Excited, angry, tense, frustrated, happy, relieved...
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