I purchased the audio edition of Catching Fire because I had an opportunity to get it for free vs. purchasing on Amazon for Kindle. This was my first audio book purchase and loved the narration.
The book was building in excitement throughout, but the most exciting part for me was Katniss's realization that she could shoot an arrow through the force field around the game.
I really enjoyed Ms. McCormick's performance of all the characters, but especially liked her portrayal of Haymitch by giving him kind of a drunken sound and maybe some apathy to the situation.
One of the most memorable parts of the story was when the remaining players were taken back to the capital after Katniss shot through the force field and she started waking up and wondering about where she was and where Peeta was.
A book worm at heart and a storyteller in spirit
Basically this second book in the Hunger Games is similar to the first book. Yes, its a new Hunger Games with new tributes and a new arena but from the beginning you basically know what the outcome will be at the end of the book. What we don't know and what makes this book worth listening to is that we don't HOW that ending will come about. Did I enjoy this second book? YES! Will it be a book I re-listen to again and again? Most likely not.
As for the narration, its another great performance by Carolyn McCormick.
Overall, if you are hooked on the Hunger Games (like me) then this second book is a must read! But be prepared for it not to be as magical as the first.
This may be the middle book in the series, but the story is not just a bridge to the end. I love the way the characters develop and become so real. The sinister Capital becomes even more so while the victims/victors are working on a plan of their own. Carolyn McCormick performance is lustrous. I will be looking for more books read by her.
I want to read, but I don't have time. So I listen to audio books because it's something to do on the road, or when I don't need to focus.
No, I would recommend they read rather than have to listen to Carolyn McCormick.
More action than the first Hunger Games book, doesn't drag on as much.
Katnis is a badass teenage girl with a bow and arrow. Carolyn McCormick sounds like a quivering whiny old woman, who heavily annunciates every word. Just a match made in heaven
This is a dumb question.
Yes. Thought it was very engaging.
Political undertones and a very good understanding of the other.
Have listened to all three of her performances of the Susan Collins series of the "Hunger Games".
Yes, was not able to.....
So when does book four come out as I did not feel the finish of the series.
I did not listen to the first book, I saw the movie with my son and husband who both read the book. I liked it enough to want to listen to the second and third book. I have listened to about 20 audible books and this was one of my two least favorite narrators. Her voice sounds much to old to be the main character who is 17 years old.
Other than that, the story is great and I was not lost at all by not having read the first book. I am about to buy the third audible book, even though we have the hardback, and we have it on Kindle, but audible lets me do something else at the same time (in my case, quilting). I just won't get anything else with this narrator in the future.
The first book of the series, The Hunger Games, left me wanting to know more. I wasn't overly fond of the story, but I did appreciate the character development and the great imagination of the author. The story was most imaginative and I was hooked on discovering the end of the saga. The second book, Catching Fire, was most disappointing. It came to an abrupt end and the whole story line lacked the involved development of the original book. What a let down from the great success of the first book in the trilogy. It's like someone said "times up, hand in your work now" Both the writing and the editing left much to be desired.
I felt the reader did a great job.
not at all.
There are so many great books out there but this one is not worth reading or listening to. Leave it after the Hunger Games and you will be much happier.
No. I would read it again. Just a personal preference, I didn't care for the narrator.
Any readers who enjoyed the first Hunger Games books or any of the Twilight books will enjoy this book. It is a well written story with a combination of action, love, and interesting political statements.
I didn't care of the narrator's interpretation of the story. Her voice was monotone at parts where I wanted to hear emotion and got high pitched when it was full of emotion. Its just a personal preference of mine.
No. Once I got into the second section, It did move faster and I listened in longer segments.
While the first book was a good story, I feel that the author did a lot more to develop the characters in this book. Great middle book, it answers some questions, but leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read the last one.