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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've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
After the Hunger Games which was a one of a kind work, both sequels Catching Fire and MockingJay are interesting reads but fall short of the thrilling, imaginative caliber of Hunger Games. They would be more enjoyable if one did not compare them to Hunger Games.
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.
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.
I will try not to give anything away and simply say that I'm not as enthralled with this one. I cannot believe in the story, in the decisions of the characters, in the logical progression - I expected more sooner, or if not more, than an explanation of why the characters would choose the way that they did, especially the main character and the rest of the tributes.
I read the first book in this series and couldn't put it down. I decided to listen to the second one so I could get back to having a life instead of reading non stop. I had a very hard time getting past the narrator. She's a good reader. She would be fine reading a different book but she does not fit this character at all. I don't understand why in the world they selected her for this series. It's incredibly distracting and takes a great deal away from the story. I would give this book four stars if the narrator was different.
Well, she did it. The author made the 2nd as good as the first.
It is quite an emotional ride, the characters are even more engaging than they were in the first book.
There are some developments to the story that you expect after reading the first, but there are also some great surprises.
Being that it is told in first person, it was very important to keep the same narrator and I am glad they did.
- AND you should be warned.
If you are in it for this one than you are *definitely* in it for the next!
(I hate waiting for the next in a good sequel, Ms Collins, please hurry...)
I enjoyed reading this series, so did my 14 year old daughter, so thought we would get the audio books to listen to. Sadly, the narrator just doesn't do it justice. She sounds like a robot, and sounds FAR too old to believably convey the characters of Katnis & co - she makes Katnis sound like a 40 something stepford wife!
I still recommend the recording for those who can't/won't read the books. My daughter enjoyed listening but would laugh out loud now and then at the dreadful narration. Listen to the sample - if you can handle it, go for it!
If you liked the first book, "The Hunger Games," you will like the sequel. It keeps up the gut-wrenching tension despite its predictability, just like the first book. Although most of the new characters introduced are not as engaging as those we met in book one, you will grow to like some of the returning characters even more.
Katniss continues to be a bit slow to figure out things that will be immediately obvious to the reader, and the ending is easy to see coming. However, it's hardly an ending at all; the last sentence may as well have been "To be continued..."
I still think Carolyn McCormick's narration is a bit too chipper at times, and Katniss in particular sounds entirely too breathlessly girlish when she's fighting for her life.
This is my favourite book of the trilogy, though I did enjoy all the books...
The narrator was easy to listen to and really bought the story to life for me.
"Hunger Games pt 2 - still enthralling"
Listened to this one as soon as I finished book 1 - as the film isn't out yet, this was a different experience in trying to imagine the new characters and arena. Loved the new arena and continuation of the story - holds the attention right to the surprise ending.
"Great story let down by stunted reading"
I've read this book before and loved it so was extremely disappointed that I couldn't get through the awful reading. There are pauses mid sentence and she often sounds like she's making announcements rather than narrating a girl's thoughts. The voice has no cadence and the story just doesn't flow.
The heroine is 17 years old but the voice used is matriarchal and it really doesn't work. Very disappointing as I was looking forward to downloading the set of a series I've thoroughly enjoyed reading.
I'd recommend reading it yourself.
"Kids loved itt!"
I downloaded this for my 11 year old daughter who had read the books and watched the first film. She loved it.
"My favorite book of the series."
I have listened to all three books in the series and this one is definitely my favorite. The characters from the first book are developed a lot more and the whole world starts to become more interesting. The new characters from the other districts and the second hunger games are also very well developed. This was a great listen and I would recommend the series to anyone.
"Great follow up to the Hunger Games"
Really good sequel to the 1st volume of the Hunger Games, delivering another twist and more excitement. Suzanne Collins writes with such emotion and a different prospective that makes for a refreshing alternative to conventional thrillers.
"Another great story in the trilogy!"
If you enjoyed the first book you'll love this one. I have read the books, seen the first film and now working my way through the audio books. I am addicted to this trilogy and I could read, listen or watch them over and over again.
I'd be amazed if you didn't love this audio book, the story is great and its narrated brilliantly. As I listen I have images in my head, seeing the first film really adds to the enjoyment as you can imagine even better. I highly recommend this audio book and the others in the trilogy. They are fantastic, definitely in my favorites list.
Having watched the first film I bought this book for a long journey. A little suspicious as it is written in the first person whi h I do not normally enjoy. However it is simply amazing; so engaging and full of drama. Really well written it conjures a very vivid picture and holds much more than the film ever could. I will be downloading the other books as soon as I can.
The final book bringing all the lead up in the book one and book two to a great final story with twists. The first two books built the foundation to the darker side in book three, which was needed to show the harsher world that Katniss Everdeen lives. I can't wait for the final movies to come out and hopefully they stay true to the books
I love the Hunger Games trilogy!!! Original storyline with a bit of everything. Romance, love, action, defiance!! I was hooked from the first page to the last! The audio book has renewed my love as I can listen and work at the same time :-)
I must confess I was late to discover them snd my initial thoughts were 'children killing children? For entertainment? Disgusting!' but the story, for me is so much more, you become completely invested in the characters and the relationships.
Give it a go, you won't be dissapointed!
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