Just when I thought it will be a Harry Potter-like model all over again - the same structure of the story (summer, train, school, end of school year in HP, here - life in the districts, game announcement, games and post-games), the book turns itself into "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"! You have to read the last installment, since "Catching Fire" ends in a massive cliff-hanger. After several weeks you can even forget there the 2nd book ends and the last one begins in the story.
You will enjoy it. I flew through it in 2 (working!) days on my way to the great ending
yes i was super sad when one of the characters that i liked died and made me almost cry
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
This story picks up approximately 6 to 9 months after the end of The Hunger Games. We follow Katniss and Peeta as they adjust to life back in District 12, and as they prepare for and experience the Quarter Quell - a special anniversary edition of the Hunger Games at the Capitol. The novel is excellently written - the pacing is fast, the characters deep, and the story itself is riveting. There is a particular scene in District 11 which takes place during the victory tour that almost brought tears to my eyes. It has an explosive ending which leads directly into Book 3. The narration is excellent and the production itself is superb. Get this amazing follow up to The Hunger Games.
No. the narrator.
No one memorable moment, just lots of good ones.
At first, she made Katniss sound like 50 yrs old. The inflection on emotion is way off. Voices were ok but inconsistent.
I am a man. I only tear slightly.
I think I will be reading the final book, not listening to it.
I find it hard to make a sequel that I like more then the first but Catching Fire was really great. Excellent action, compelling characters and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I'm a big Peeta fan so he really has some stand out moments in this book that deepened my appreciation and love for the character.
She tries to separate the voices in a way that makes them individual to the characters so I know who they are before she says who they are.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a real nail biter! I loved it.
father, husband, gamer, finance manager
first half of the book starts off slow, didn't pick up the action till part 2 really. but, probably the best plot element, the double explanation of katniss' actions and her intentions with each propo plays out brilliantly in this one.
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.