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Ron

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34927)
    Performance
    (25998)
    Story
    (26364)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great book! Narrator miscast."
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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  • The Gods of Mars: Barsoom Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Soldier and adventurer John Carter tells the story of how he returns to the planet Mars to be reunited with his love, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. With his great friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, Carter sets out in search of his princess. But Dejah Thoris has vanished. And Carter becomes trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars, from which none has ever escaped alive.

    Carol says: "Scott Brick Takes On a Classic Adventure"
    "The best"
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    What did you love best about The Gods of Mars?

    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.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Brick goes beyond mere narration, he makes it come alive. Great job Mr. Brick!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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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