I did like the story and the story-telling but I really could not get on board with the style of narration of this audiobook. The Hunger Games is ..Show More »deservedly a best selling novel. The heroine Katniss Everdeen is bold, protective young girl with the heart of a fighter. But she is also somewhat socially inept and at times insecure and confused - not uncommon for a teenager. The Katniss from Carolyn McCormicks narration is continuuosly exasperated, worried and sounds like she needs rescueing. McCormick's Katniss sounds more like a frail damsel in distress than a stroppy teenager. Even though Katniss is at times a bit thick to understand what is going on but with this narrations she appears even more naive. It is not just Katniss' character who lacks toughness. McCormick's voice regularly conveys fear and sorrow (plenty of opportunity for that in the book) but I could rarely hear a convincingly angry or aggressive person (plenty of situations there, too!). What is more McCormick has a very slow pace of speaking drawing out the vowels unnecessarily ("eyes" become "ahhyes"). The majority of her speech sounded more bearable when I played it at 1.25x speed. Sometimes it felt like she was trying to calm down an angry horse by talking slowly in a low, soothing voice. - Only after a while it did the exact opposite of "soothe" to me.
Despite the narrator's voice I could not stop listening to hear how the story would go on.
I really like the book (and the other 2) and I might listen to them again, if they were told by a different narrator.
A fantastic and complex story matched with a brilliant performance. Packed with action and subterfuge, complex xharacters and motivation, and set in a..Show More » facinating and foreign world that sometimes hits uncomfortably close to home.
A lot of this third installment is the story line you expect, but a couple of things make the work unique. The first of these in that the protagonist ..Show More »has a realistic reaction to the events, suffering from post traumatic stress rather than taking things in her stride. The second is that the book ends with a focus on this confused protagonist, rather than posting the world as a rosy paradise.
All in all, the third installment makes it worth listening to the second and rounds off the first.