I just finished Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series. It was such a great book that I drove around for an additional 15 minutes to just finish it. Have that said, this book is so "dark" that I am not sure whether to continue to the third book or take a brake in between for some other "readings".
I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.
This second book in the "Hunger Games" series was both believable and entertaining. Although the same themes were repeated - unwilling characters, thrust into the wilderness and forced to fight to the death - the story is still unique and compelling. This is another home run for Suzanne Collins!
I am usually not "into" these kinds of books but my sister in law insisted I give it a try. Now I am hooked. The book drew me in within the first few minutes.
This book picked up from the first book. I was not sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Highly recommended!
child survivor death
lord of the flies, because it is a game with all childreen, and death is involved
Yes, after a short time you can distinguish her character voices
We enjoyed this one the most out of the three, enjoyed the second book, the last one just didn't go the way I wanted it to. They are predictable, but they are for young readers and all ages will enjoy. Cant wait for the movie!
The second book of the Hunger Games saga does not disappoint...the story is engaging, the narration is great! Highly recommended!
This is an excellent follow up to the first book. The tone is a bit more political than the first book, but do not worry Peeta and Katniss love continues as well as Gale!
Complete waste of a listen stop with book one. The author builds up a great narrative just to have it completely fall apart at the end with a horrible climax. Not worth the time, money or credit. Highly recommend against listening to it you will leave the book incredibly frustrated and wishing that you hadn't wasted your time. It turns out that Pita and Catnus are used as pawns in an overthrow plot. At the end the author has Catnus saved by a rebel hover craft after she blows up the force-field on the third day of the second Hunger Games--which she is forced into with Pita who volunteered. Although Pita is still alive and trying to run to the aid of Catnus they leave him behind to be captured and ultimately tortured to death by the Capital just so Catnus can be reunited with Gale and live happily ever after. Supposedly Catnus is too important to the rebellion to die while the only decent character in the whole book, Pita, is killed off, to write that this chain of events is annoying is a vast understatement. The author spends the entire book revealing what an intricate and genuinely good person Pita is, to the point that he becomes the most important character, just to end him so Catnus can be with Gale. It's predictable and insulting, common practice dictates that there can't be two male characters vying for the same lead female so one of them has to go making the book just another typical piece of Hollywood trash.
I left this same review for "The Hunger Games" but it is still appropriate. The story moves quickly but is easy to follow in situations where you might be momentarily distracted from time to time where books written for an adult audience is not always. No subtext or hidden symbolism to track or follow. It still has a great story line that moves along quickly with both action and emotional impact. I bought the whole trilogy and am glad I did. Great listen for the car, running, or the gym. I would recommend this to anyone teenaged or above.
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I read the first book and sincerely wish I was reading rather than listening to this book. Carolyn McCormick is a fine actress, but she absolutely sucks the life out of this novel. She is too old to be narrating a 16-year-old girl. The pacing is grating. Read the book instead. Wish I could get a credit back on this one.