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©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.
"Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?)." (People Magazine)
"Catching Fire not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them." (Stephenie Meyer)
"...enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." (School Library Journal, starred review)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Katniss and Peeta return triumphantly to District 12. After 6 months, they embark on a tour around the other districts as dissent and tensions rise. An outraged President Snow concocts a special treat for the 75th Hunger Games.
This book is slow to start with the "couple" touring on the train and adjusting to living in their victors' houses in a separate village while the townspeople continue to exist in squalor. The love triangle grows more complicated with Gale now back in the picture. Mid-way through, the story gains speed with an interesting twist and never stops. Couldn't download the third quickly enough.
My only complaint is how old the narrator sounds. I grew accustomed to it in the first book and it doesn't detract too much from the fantastic story.
I loved this book and I will talk about content, but first I must give praise to the audio itself. I often read the books before I listen to them, so I don't expect to be so spellbound by the audio. However, with this book, the narrator (Carolyn McCormick) is great and helps to engage me even more than when I read it myself. I had listened to the first book "The Hunger Games" before reading the second, it had the same narrator, and I could hear here voice in my head as I read. I made a point of listening to both back to back and it was pure pleasure. In "Catching Fire", I found myself laughing and crying with the book. The narrator is consistent and spot on with her inflections and voicing.
Now for content, I had been anticipating this second book in the trilogy since the moment I finished the first. It continues just a short time after the first and covers all that has happened in between and then continues on with the story Suzanne Collins so expertly weaved. The book is perfectly title as it descibes exactly how the temperment of the Districts has developed. I don't want to spoil it for people with too much. The love triangle between the Katniss, Peeta and Gale is further fleshed out, but, of course, is not resolved. The author does a wonderful job of this, and I, myself, can't even decide who is the one to choose, I can't take sides.
I don't know how helpful this review will be, but I cannot praise this book enough. It left me more than eager for the final book and I am sure that I will need to read it again in the mean time.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
One thing I must say between books 1 and books 2 of the Hunger Games books is how seamless they seem to flow into each other. As most would agree, the first Hunger Games was excellently put together so a continuation was very much welcomed.
The narrator grew on me, she did a very good job voicing the different characters that are introduced (which were quite a few). She did very well to show the tortured nature of the characters in this book.
Catching Fire introduces a lot of very interesting new characters I must say. The tyranny of the Capital and of Snow becomes even more evident in the title. The story progresses very quickly I find and certain aspects of the book seems a bit rushed if you ask me, however much was not lost in this title and it was very much enjoyed.
Loving books :) Quick and honest reviews.
Yes this is a great read with a talented narrator. Great read.
She did great with the story, making everything easy to see and imagine.
Yes, I just want to listen to all 3 books in one setting but that would be impossible.
What fantastic books these are? I am truly a slave to these books until I finish the last one! I HAVE to read it now. Strong story with unexpected turn of events must finish the third book in one setting. Highly suggest reading these.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This book is intense and picks up right where Hunger Games left us. You would think Katniss & Peeta would now be living the victors life BUT then the rebellion starts. Katniss becomes the symbol of defiance and President Snow won't have it ......and so it goes...
I really like this series and there was no way I would not read all three books but in no way is this book equal to the first, with The Hunger Games (book one) being near perfect it's makes it a hard act to follow. Catching Fire isn't as good as The Hunger Games but it's still a great read/listen.
I have read Catching Fire (and of course all the others) and after listening to The Help was really excited to hear Catching Fire. But from the outset it was just all wrong. The reader sounds like she is forty rather than a Katniss. It is grating. I listened for awhile but am not going to be able to finish it - I was really surprised that with content like this they didn't choose someone younger and more in touch with the content. I'm sure Carolyn would be great with other content - but not this.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I read the first book out of curiosity. I read this sequel (against my better judgment) because I enjoyed the film, which I thought was much more engaging and adult than the book. It is interesting that the plot of both book and film was much the same, but the visual presentation lifted the script from the book's basic level to something like a Star Wars franchise. I guess the promoters hope it is that successful!
The movie also made me realise that I was wrong about the narrator in my review of the Hunger Games. I defer to those readers who picked the performance as lacking something that I did not. Now, having listened to her a second time, it is clear to me, too. In fact, my 12 year old daughter (listening to the reading as we traveled to her school one morning) described it as "Reception Reading". I regret to say it has some of that Dick and Dora quality to it. Maybe it would be more engaging with another narrator.
As for the plot, it continued in its very predictable way. The penultimate Chapter was so predictable that I could barely listen to it, even though it is a mere 30 minutes long.
Unless I enjoy the next film, I will not be reading the third book.
I can't really add much to the reviews of the story that have been previously written here. It is suspenseful, interesting, and made two days of a road trip much more interesting. I look forward to the third book, except I won't be listening to it from Audible. The narration here, by Carolyn McCormick, was simply dreadful. Katniss is alternately a world-weary 50-year-old, and a whiny 10-year-old - and not as a point of character fluctuation but of wildly shifting narration. At points in the story where Katniss might be serious, she is simpering; sarcasm comes across as self-doubt. It's amazing what a voice can or cannot do for a character. Other characters also did not fare well; McCormick seemed to have not read the "stage directions," so a solemn remark sometimes came out as a shout. By the end, I was gritting my teeth in frustration and sometimes outright laughing at the terrible, erratic vocalization.
The story is quite interesting, though, and I will look for it in another form elsewhere.
First and foremost, if you have not read/downloaded the Hunger Games first, you will find yourself lost by this book.
Catching Fire is great sequel to the first story, propelling the reader into to all the places where I'd hoped after the first one ended. The stakes are higher and the scope is as well, focusing more on the entire territory of Pannem and less on the District or Arena. That said -- it definitely was the "middle story of a trilogy"... coming to a conclusions which really was just meant to set up the third book. But hey -- it was certainly as addictive as the first one. Last word of warning, and one which may other reviewers seem to miss prior to downloading -- THIS IS A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL! The dialogue is simple and the plot is concrete (there's nothing subtle about it). That's the audience it was written for. Not sure why there are so many people reviewing it as if it weren't intended to be that way.
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I loved Hunger Games; I urge everyone I know to read it, gave it to someone for Christmas, and turned my boyfriend onto it, so of course I couldn't wait for the second book and I wasn't let down. This book will be a bit slower going in the beginning because the last one focused mostly on the game itself and quickly became a frenzied page-turner. But now that Katniss is a champion we see more of her day-today life while getting an idea of what's going on with the government and the people who suffer it. But this doesnt mean I was ever bored, it's just differently paced. The best part about this "downtime" is that you learn more about the characters. I especially enjoyed hearing about Haymitch, so much so that I think he's my favorite character now. Be patient though-without giving away any spoilers I'll just say the second half really gets exciting, and the ending will blow your mind. I didn't see it coming, and I am literally counting the days until the next book comes out.
"Second book in the series, was hooked into story."
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. As part two of the three book series it was a must to listen to as I was yearning to find out what happened to the characters I had come to know and like so much.
Evolution in the characters and the twist in the story at the end of the audiobook.
As good as in the first audiobook in the series, easy to listen to and clear.
I wish I had the time to listen to one audiobook in one sitting. If I had had the time I would have definitely listened to this audiobook in one sitting.
Great second book in the series and easy to listen to.
I haven't read the print version, but I imagine it would be better, simply because the narrator just didn't have the right kind of voice to play Katnis is my opinion. She sounded much too old and worldly and lacked the innocence that you imagine teenage Katnis would have.
I think Haymitch really comes in to his own in this book and I really enjoyed the way his character is becoming more likeable as the story progresses.
I found the narrator very difficult to get along with at first, but once I got into the second book this started to bother me less, though there were still occassions where I found the dialogue difficult, because it isn't always clear who she's voicing and the emotion is often lacking.
Absolutely! I cried so much during this story, it's a hugely emotional tale, from the start of the trilogy right through to the end.
"Excellent 2nd book!"
Great narrator, great trilogy! Already looking forward to the 3rd and final book! Highly recommended.
Not as good as first book, but still a great listen. Narration is done well.
"one of my favourite books"
complex woven story - thought provoking ideas - rich multilayered characters. especially love the heroine so strong and fragile at the same time. really relished the reading of the story and the pace.
Catching fire is the fire started to the climax of the story it is brilliant and set up the 3rd really well
I absolutely love the books films and now audible version to brings it to life
"A Thoroughly Good Read"
The Hunger Games trilogy is an excellent read and very well narrated.
I found that the story was engaging and interesting.
I really enjoyed the books the story was not predictable which I appreciated.
Suzanne has a very good grip of human psychology and so the characters behaviors are very dark and realistic.
I was definitely left wanting more and more.
"Excellent second book to the fascinating series"
Keeps you listening long after you need to stop! I listened to the first book in 2 days, quiet a remarkable thing with a 4 and 2 year old running around. I literally could not stop listening! The second book is a great slow burning story. I haven't seen the films so didn't know what could possibly happen next. Hugely enjoyable!
This book is amazing. It's full of twists and turns. This is the best book ever because you never know what's going to happen. READ IT!!😀😀😄😄😂😃😉😇😅😄😊🙂☺️🤓🤓🤓
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