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.
While the story is important to me, I have deleted so manY books after listening for five minutes and I just couldn't get past the terrible narration.... This was not the case here. The reading was superb! She was sophisticated, well paced, easy to understand and still appropriately emphatic. What a wonderful listening experience!
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Katniss Everdeen, what can I say? This is the first book where I know the main character will win in the end but wish she wouldn't, because she is so whiny and annoying.
It's nice to be able to listen while doing long road trips, i think the print version would be just as good
Yes, but more on the stregth of the first book, The Hunger Games (AKA - The Running Man).
The performance is solid despite the main figure feeling a bit flat at several points.
This is not as interesting a book as the first one. Despite our learning a bit more about the world and the politics, it manages to feel less diverse. It seems far more rushed and fairly predictable even as a YA read. Overall it seems like a lack-lustre me-too version compared to the first of the series.
The story is a good continuation of the first volume. It provided interesting character development, plot twists, but it began to add predictability. As with volume I, Ms. McCormick's reading lacked some dynamic range, though not enough to spoil the listening.
I read the book, my adult kids listen to it while making the long drive from Pensacola to Georgia. They have young kids (both under 2 years) and would not have found the time to read the book. I always find an audible book to listen to for the long drive.
No, I don't think you can listen to it all at once. It is great for long drives and lazy afternoons. You need to take breaks with this book/ series....a lot to think about.
Its a rare thing for me to do an entire series on audio book. As an aspiring writer i like to actually hold a book in my hand and examine it as well as enjoy the story. That being said I broke tradition for this series due to time constraints (school, work, personal hygiene, etc.).
In the end I really think I would have been better off just reading it. Catching Fire is defiantly an improvement over The Hunger Games. But I really can't get into Carolyn McCormick's performance. Maybe its because she sounds so much older and the entire book is in present tense (which was jarring in and of itself, but you get used to it). The book is fast paced and very entertaining, moving each of the characters along nicely. There are a few moments where you worry the love triangle might go all Twilight on you, but fear not (or if you're a Twilight fan, cry miserably).
If you can't physically read the book then the audio book isn't bad, but it does little to enhance the experience.
yes, i believe so
Peta, great hear and personality
the first scene of the game