I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was my least favorite of the series. Necessary for the story but I felt that the story was filler to get to the final book.
I guess I would listen to it again, but it is unlikely I will. The story line became a bit too lengthy for me about three quarters of the way into the book.
The first book.
Yes. Usually good.
Interesting story. I didn't listen or read the story the first book; I viewed the DVD movie. I was surprises by the story's great acting. and the timeliness of this story. Maybe more appropriately steady content of the story. It is science fiction in great tradition of the form. Social commentaries relevant today are very pointed. Statement of the ways control and people organize themselves is great. No a book for change at all. However the book was entertaining. I will try other work from Ms. Collins. It is entertaining reading, theatrical listening.
No, but I will.
The story continues...
Not sure I would see the movie. reading and the listening always makes a better picture when the author and the actors present for me. Movies are great, but I am not as impressed by good movies as I am by good books. Part of this situation is my own education and knowledge of art forms. We are taught to write, and read. I appreciate the mechanics of writing and theatrical reading when I experience it differently than the visual movie experience. I have lot less deeper understanding in mechanics of movie story composition and presentation. But like many things in life I hope learn more about movie production and presentation composition.
One of my nursing jobs requires me to spent MASSIVE amounts of time in the car between hospitals. I need something to do.... :)
This second book is shocking! I actually cried a little. Well read and wonderful story. Keep on listening, you must go on to the third book. A very complete story over all.....perfect ending to so many torturing surprises.
Yes, but only after I listed to the Hunger Games first. Since this book is a continuation of the first. Book two is just as captivating.
I would say the realization that there was in fact a functioning and thriving "District 13"
Yes I have, she has a way of bringing every character to life and with their own personality.
The Realization of the Capitol's true influence.
If/When the movie comes out I hope they do it more justice than they did the Hunger Games.
I listened to this book immediately after The Hunger Games and it picked up the story and moved beautifully. It got better and better as it went on and had me sitting in my car long past turning the engine off.
It was compelling and entertaining but didn't illicit an extreme reaction. It is a great story, it moves, and it surprised me when I thought I had figured it out. It did a great job of ensuring I knew about the events in the first book without slowing the momentum of the ongoing story.
I don't really know of a comparison...maybe Lord of the Flies, only in the sense of the "human-ness" of each of the characters. Collins truly captured human qualities, hopes, dreams, emotions, and motives in not only the character development but also in the way that the characters interacted with the plot.
Vocal intonation. She expressed emotion and thus, brought the characters to life. For example, I might have imagined Effie Trinket differently had McCormick not read those words aloud. "May the odds be ever in your favor" would have simply been flat, or maybe, solemn in my mind. But because I heard McCormick's interpretation (which ended up being similar to that of the film), I was able to more accurately imagine what I think Collins probably intended for her character.
The moment that Rue died moved me to tears. Up to that point, through Katniss's interaction with her younger sister, the songs, the tender love and care, almost that of a mother...through the intensity of being in the arena, and all throughout the original training, Katniss having a certain protective-ness for Rue...when she died, it was something I knew would come, but because the characters were so well developed, I was carried along with Katniss's emotions.
The second part of the book that moved me was Thresh's graciousness to Katniss. On a national level, he was showing respect for her district, national unity and mutual respect, but on a personal level, the gratitude he showed for Katniss caring for Rue and avenging her death was very moving. I once heard grace defined as "the giving of what we don't deserve and mercy as failing to give what we do deserve." In that moment, Thresh could have easily responded differently...but he showed character and demonstrated mercy...it was a great part of the book. It gave it some "meat" so to speak.
No. I usually do not listen to a book twice.
The events in the Quarter Quell. They were very vivid and had me on the edge of my seat!
When the head peacekeeper was replaced and Gale was in the town square being lashed? It was so unexpected and shocking. I didn't see it coming!
Yes. I listen to it to and from work. Let me tell you I could wait to get back in the car!
Catching Fire had such a cliff hanger, I am getting the third book today!
yes , because if you like reading books that keep you wondering what will happen next, this is the book!
I have never read Suzanne Collins books before Hunger Games. Ihave always Been a James Patterson fan. Now i cant wait to see what else she has written.
yes, when Roo's father got shot for doing his daughter mocking j call
Love Love Love this book!!
Suspense, Action & Heartbreak.
One of my favorite parts of this novel would have to be when Katniss outsmarts the peacekeepers that have come to her house with the hopes of finding her either locked out of District 12 via the electrified fence or w/ items that would make it obvious (thereby punishable) that she had been outside of the fence. Her story to throw the peacekeepers off her trail is impressive and I enjoyed the way her family/friends come together to interweave their own subterfuge and help her escape punishment.
Although I know it's a little expected, I would have to say Katniss is my favorite character from the book. Her struggles both internal and external with other characters and herself are riveting. She has a core strength that at times can become frustrating (such as when she won't let herself make a decision regarding the Peeta/Gayle love triangle,) however in the end it is her greatest asset. Watching her become a woman, through the trials and tribulations which are foisted on her via the Capitol is both empowering and heart-wrenching.
I didn't have an outward reaction to this book (unlike the first one where I was sobbing on my morning commute about Rue's death,) but there are still many instances where I found myself cheering for various characters and feeling their resulting emotions from various ups and downs in the plot. The most extreme reaction would HAVE to be in the end, when we find out that the plot of the former tributes/victors has been in the works all along, but Katniss hasn't been privy to the information. My anger, frustration and heartbreak from Peeta's resulting situation was palpable and I couldn't wait to begin the 3rd book to see what fate (and Suzanne Collins' pen,) had in store for them.
This was perhaps my favorite book of the series (I go back and forth between this and The Hunger Games,) however as a transition novel it does its job quite well. I left this book with a gnawing sense of “hunger,” for the last installment… I have since read all 3 again and I STILL find myself forced to pick up the 3rd one in order to finish the story. That in and of itself points to the power of this book.