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Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 | [Suzanne Collins]

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.
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Publisher's Summary

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.

©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    ANDREA STEWART 02-22-12
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    "A good book except for..."

    The narrator. I read the first book but my preference is to listen to my books as I'm a busy person. The voice of the narrator threw me off. I felt like she was reading the book to me as most narrators tend to bring you into the story with them. I had trouble getting into the story as her voice and the way she read the story was very distracting. She improved with the second half of the book, and I hope she is better with the third book but I'd have not chosen her in the first place. I enjoyed this book as it gets into the heart of the struggle that the people go through. I held my breathe wondering if
    Katness and Peeta were going to make it to the end. All in all I felt that this book was an excellent stand alone book and not just a bridge to a third book. I look forward to getting into the last installment in this series.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-19-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Does not live up to the first book's standard"

    There is not best way to review it without comparing to the first book. First book started with the selection of youth to participate in hunger games which is shocking, and grabs on to reader’s attention. Second book however starts with the president having interest in Katniss. This topic takes up a good chunk of time in book sometimes being redundant.

    Also, Katniss’ character does not seem to be as self assured confident young lady as we have come to know her in first book.

    Story moves on to how her act of defiance for her love actually sparked a rebellion. President, in effort to crush the rebellion, tries to crush the symbols of rebellions which are represented by previous winners of hunger games.

    So eventually, there are another set of hunger game involving all previous winners. There is a good time spent discussing clothing / make up / tv commercials .. etc. The games themselves do not seem to hold the same sense of life ending seriousness as the first book. In fact, there is a time when participants seem to be having a picnic during the game.

    One of the weaknesses of the book is that it is mostly told from Katniss’ perspective. In first book it worked out ok, but stage is bit bigger in this book and book does not provide enough perspective from other characters that are taking significant actions. Therefore, at times, a lot of event that already took place just come to reader's attention when Katniss character learns of them. It is ok, but it seems a bit hand wavy strategy in author’s part.

    Narration is acceptable at best. This book would have been great in Kate Reading’s voice that Carolyn depiction of Katniss does not seem to convey the range of emotions that author trying to convey. Worse yet, other characters’ portrayal sometimes seem cartoonish.

    This is a 3 star book as a whole.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlie 06-26-12
    Ashlie 06-26-12

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    "Fave book of the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful! I love Carolyn McCormick! Her reading is so clear and her voice and inflection is so deliberate and appropriate.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Mockingjay! Because its the 3rd in the series.....and Carolyn McCormick also narrates that one :) . From another author, I would have to say Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, they are great audiobooks.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I appreciate the mood change you can feel of the story through her narrating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course this book makes me cry! But I also laugh of loud because Haymitch and Katniss' interactions are priceless!


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    brendanstallard 05-24-12
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    "Almost as good as The Hunger Games"

    I really liked this, so please don't take the headline for my review as complete. That said, it's hard to believe this was conceived as entirely original, and not tacked on to book one. The Hunger Games was so perfect, it would be hard to follow, and harder still to get it correct for everyone's preferences.

    An admirable stab at the job, but not quite there. In some senses, I'd kinda prefer it ended with the finale of THG, but then, I'd be wrong, because when compared with almost everything else that's out there, "Catching Fire," is a more than capable combatant.

    I've read some folks don't enjoy Carolyn McCormick's rendition. Just go and sit in the corner, dunces hat on. Ms McCormick is perfect, ya heer? Now and again, you can hear how she's taken up with the emotion of the reading, and that comes across the microphone, speakers, thousands of miles.....and right into your heart. Most Audible readers are professional, so you rarely hear them about to blubber 'cos the action got to 'em.

    Here you do. Listen to the part (in THG) where Katniss makes her first kill, then the scene with Rue and the flowers. McCormick isn't making that up, her voice is breaking. I found it admirable, a thing of wonder and delight to be reminded there's a human the other end.

    You can hear every word clearly, the characters are identified without ridiculous accents and Ms McCormick isn't McCormick, she's the story-teller.

    Really, if you like good stories, this can't be out of your library:)



    brendan (atlanta)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Olathe, KS, United States 11-15-10
    Paul Olathe, KS, United States 11-15-10
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    "Not as good as the first book."

    As with many trilogies, the second book just doesn't live up to the expectations set by the first. This is not a bad book, by any means, but it could certainly have been better. The pace was a bit slow at times, and the main character seemed to lack depth in this book which made it difficult for me to connect with the main character in this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 03-04-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic sequel to the first..."

    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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-29-10
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-29-10 Member Since 2014

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    "So so good"

    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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Edmond, OK, United States 06-18-12
    Chris Edmond, OK, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Great because of reader"

    I like (not love, like Book 1) the story and character but the reader Carolyn McCormick puts too much of herself into Katniss. Her emotional renditions seem unauthentic and whiny quite often. I actually began to cringe when I felt she was ruining a given part, which increased in frequency over time. Also, I feel the story and situations become predictable in the 2nd and 3rd book of the trilogy. I found myself wondering what the story would be like if reading and avoiding the overlay of the reader (too heavy in general).

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Prabal Kathleen, GA, United States 03-09-11
    Prabal Kathleen, GA, United States 03-09-11
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    "Good-Ok-Bad"

    Enjoyed the first book. Second didn't appeal to me the same way. Third is mostly about the nightmares, the kisses, the nostalgia and was a big let down for me. Instead of elaborating on the war against the capital and uncovering the actors that double crossed her, the lead character wallows in pain, suffering and self pity. The author could have taken the subsequent books to a new level instead of using the same old formulas over and over again.

    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Ithaca, NY, United States 07-05-12
    Susan Ithaca, NY, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor narration and repetitive writing"

    While this book in the trilogy is still an exciting tale, I found myself being irritated by the narrator's acting and the repetitiveness of the writing.

    Drama! -- I thought the narrator did a pretty darn good job on the first book. For the second book she seems to wail and overdramatize every event in the book turning Katniss into a whiny, unsympathetic brat rather than a 17-year-old, resourcefully enduring terrible events.

    More drama! -- Like the narrator, the writing also is a bit overdramatic and repetitive. Blood, blood, blood. Every third sentence seemed to have blood in it. OK, we get it. There is a lot of bloodshed. The overuse of the gore and the narrator's delivery didn't add to the story. Rather it was distracting because it seemed so lame. It made me chuckle thinking of Hyperbole and a Half's tale where Allie tries to come up with a scary story to tell her little sister.

    Repetition -- The author recaps Katiniss' thoughts again and again as if we are unable to retain any memory whatsoever. This made it seem like she was trying to pad a few extra pages in the book. It didn't advance any storyline. I'm ok with the slow start to the story, but after it started going this repetition ruined the flow and just felt like a waste of time. I'm hoping the 3rd book will be better.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • charlie
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Absolute cracker"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    loved the story line, absolutely captivating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favourite?

    Hamich


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the girl on fire strikes back


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matteo
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Second book in the series, was hooked into story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Evolution in the characters and the twist in the story at the end of the audiobook.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    As good as in the first audiobook in the series, easy to listen to and clear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great second book in the series and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    CHELTENHAM, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Wonderful story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Randall
    2/18/15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. However why is it rated " young adult"? I am retired air force in california, usa, defiantly not young adult! Yet I enjoy the series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Entire series


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None I did not enjoy


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Humor and power


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    2/11/15
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    "Amazing"

    I love this book and the narrator is amazing just don't want to stop listening. ☺️😄😄 I love the Hunger Games.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • oldman
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    2/6/15
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    "I love the films but the books are way better."

    I love the films but the books are way better.

    Read or Listen to The Hunger Games first.

    The Hunger Games are a punishment from Panem after the rebellion. Only one tribute will survive or that was the case until Katniss and Peeta returned from the Hunger Games together. They upset President Snow by returning from the Hunger Games together. He has laid down the law to Katniss and wants a couple in love for Panem. But Gale has other ideas.

    I would recommend this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/29/14
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    "fabulous"

    Really great writing. didn't want it to end. thoroughly recommend it. Looking forward to downloading the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taffi01
    Cardiff, Wales
    12/2/14
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    "Love it, agonising to wait to listen to 3rd pt"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Both book 1 and 2 are fab, waiting until I can finally see book 3 part 2 in the cinema before listening to the last installment. Agonising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    No one part, but read brilliantly


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    All of it, just perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio books I have listened to - really engaging, action, emotion, read well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANNA
    7/7/14
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    "Worth reading, but not outstanding"
    What did you like best about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2? What did you like least?

    If you are into fantasy books, this is a good choice. Not Stephanie Meyer quality, but still easy to listen and worth the money. I bought all three books and was satisfied. But they did not leave me missing the characters and the story, like really good books do. Still, all books cannot be excellent, and they are still worth the time.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    The narrator was really good, and I 'd gladly listen to another book by her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn Parkin
    7/7/14
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    "A Sad End"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    The Action and Detail


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    When district 12 doesn't exist any more


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they all worked as a team


    Any additional comments?

    The end bit was sad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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