Catching Fire ranks in the lower third of the books I've listened to.
Carolyn McCormick brought passion and perspective to the characters, all of whom were distinctive by her performance.
I listened to this recommended trilogy, though I should have known its brutal premise would be difficult for me. I had hoped, after struggling through the first two books, that the final book would bring a resolution that I might dub "happy." I felt the resolution was not successful, barely tolerable and discouraging. Again, part of my assessment is colored by the fact that this kind of violent premise, with its accompanying relentless heartlessness and suffering, is not my kind of fiction.
Suspenseful, Frustrating, Hopefully Optimistic
I liked that the plot was unpredictable. I never saw the Quarter Quell surprise coming and how the 75th Hunger Games played out in the arena. That Haymitch is really a surprising character as well. I also enjoyed the dynamics of the love triangle of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale.
I have listened to the Hunger Games Trilogy narrated by Carolyn McCormick and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance in each of the books.
Katniss will not be defeated!
Carolyn McCormick has a pleasant voice, and Catching Fire was engaging enough for me to try not to fall asleep while I listened to it on the bus.
While I have enjoyed this book, and the Hunger Game series, I have found it very predictable. If you like a plot that can shock and surprise you this may not be able to deliver to all audiences.
I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.
I'm on fire!
I believe it to be in a league all of its own. The whole series that is. I believe it to be more than just a love story. It makes a very large political statement.
Katniss' realization when she wakes up at the end.....
I hate spoilers in reviews, so I will not spell it out.
It made me think. It impresses me that it is being used in collegiate level literature classes for analysis.
This was a great story it made want to read the next book.
The whole book
Great for young adults and older adults. I loved the story and the actors.
You feel several emotions.
I will have to admit that I was a little afraid at first to start listening to this book because I didn't want it to subtract from the incredible experience of the first book. However, my worries were quickly put to rest. McCormick in my opinion again delivered a very vivid visual story for us to follow along. Her ability to capture the emotions of each scene and to build strong and different identities for each character is outstanding. I would say of the three books, the story-line is the weakest in this one, but it still is an enjoyable listen and provides a solid lead for the concluding novel.
I began reading this series due to all the hype and my wife's fascination with the books. I wanted to read them prior to the movies coming out. This part of the story was fun and easy to follow. It won't require much thought or attention to detail to grasp the whole thing and I found it fairly predictable with the exception of a few, welcomed, surprises.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, Book 1, then you'll enjoy this book as well.
Carolyn McCormick does an OK job. She didn't do damage to the story but I don't think that she made it any better either. Her character voices would occasionally sound cartoon-ish to me.
Yup and you get one with Book 3, Mockingjay.
Plenty enjoyable and a short enough to make it worth a listen.
Not Carolyn McCormick! She really brings the story down.
No intonation, bad phrasing, very hard to listen to.
I would because itf they have read the first two, then they will want to know how the series ends.
No, but it was disappointing.
Yes. Her performance is the same. She is a good narrator, but I did not enjoy how she made Katniss's character somewhat whiney, which trivialized her strength as a character.
After spending so many hours with these characters, you really wanted the ending to be dynamic. It was a let down.