Hunger Games Trilogy, Books 1-3 on audio
My job is awesome enough that I can usually listen to audiobooks while I work (provided I only put an earbud in one ear), and I tend to prefer listening to books I’ve already read so I don’t have to give the audio my full attention. I bought all three of the Hunger Games audios for my library, and they circulate amazingly well, so I’m surprised I was able to get my hands on all three in quick succession. The story is terrific, as I already knew, but I had major problems with the narrator. She sounds too old to be Katniss and her inflection of certain passages sounded off to me – not how I heard Katniss in my mind when I read the books. As a result, Katniss came across as WAY more annoying this go-round than when I read the books the first time. I mean, I know she’s going through a lot of bad shiz, but MUST she be so emo? That said, the narrator’s voicing of other characters, particularly the male characters, was more convincing. It helps that she has a rather deep voice for a female.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore, on audio
Oh Full Cast Audio, how I love you. I’m only a few tracks in on the very first CD, but this audio is already miles ahead of the Hunger Games audios. Katsa’s voice sounds like her, and Po’s voice is more than a little dreamy. I look forward to seeing how this book fares on re-read (or rather, re-listen). There were elements I loved so much, in particular the relationship between Katsa and Po, and other elements I thought dragged. Hopefully I won’t find Katsa as annoying as I found Katniss on audio. So far, so good.
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my fascination with alternate/parallel universes before. I’m a little (a lot) obsessed with them. It goes back mostly to my intense and unending love of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy, aka The Best Books Ever Written, but it’s also reflected in my love for Stargate SG-1 and the Narnia books and my fascination with the idea of time travel . And here is Brian Greene, writing about the possibility of parallel universes in sciencespeak that I can understand. Awesome.
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, but I’m still not entirely sure what it’s about. From what I can gather, it’s set in a steampunk world where a necrovirus drives almost everyone in the city of Lovecraft mad. Our protagonist, Aiofe, is a ward of the state since all of her family members went mad at age 16. The worldbuilding is supposed to be excellent, and at over 500 pages, it had better be. I’m also promised complex characters and a surprising plot. I can’t wait to dig into this one. (Although I have to admit, the blurb isn’t encouraging, and neither is the fact that the cover girl looks like she’s about to have an accidental Mardi Gras moment.)