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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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    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 11 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 43 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 09-02-09
    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 09-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read."

    Catching fire starts a blaze from the beginning. I couldnt wait to download it and wished it never ended. The second book was even better then the first. Suzanne you are brilliant and I am sure you will not let us down in the final book. I want more more more.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 06-03-14
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 06-03-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Let the Games Resume..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    Five-star novel, five-star movie, five-star audiobook -- except for one thing. The narrator is the same one who brought The Hunger Games down a notch. But never mind -- the writing, the story, the characters, they will get you past it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about Catching Fire, the thing that every sequel struggles with, is how to reprise the best thing about the original in a fresh and original way. The best thing about The Hunger Games is the hunger games. it takes a while for Catching Fire to get there, but the last couple of hours, once the 75th hunger games take shape, is the best part of the book.

    Not that the getting there is any tribulation. If The Hunger Games, for an adult looking for subtext and as a lesson to its younger audience, is a primal scream against sending our kids off to die in war, the first half of Catching Fire takes the theme of economic, political and social elitism to the next level. And this came several years before the 1% and the 47% became catch phrases.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    Do I have a choice? If I want to finish the trilogy, I have to listen to her one more time. She is a tad better here than in the first book, but that may be just because I was ready for her this time. She still brings the whole thing down, totally miscast as she is. Fortunately, I'm not a fan of James Patterson or that kind of writer, so I will likely not be running into McCormick again.


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

    The big moments are all still there -- Gale's whipping, learning the details of the Quarter Quell, the wedding dress twirl, Cinna's beating. But the unexpected one, the one that really hits home, is the story of Haymitch's first time in the games.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Schilling 03-30-14
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    "Don't expect it to compare to The Hunger Games."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think that this was time well-spent simply because, as a reader, you develop an emotional attachment to the characters in The Hunger Games. You want to know what happens to those you labored over with worry while they were in the arena.


    Would you recommend Catching Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    Current Fans: Of Course!
    Those Who Felt Indifferent About The Hunger Games: Nope,


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

    The ability to enjoy the story hands-free. Otherwise, I honestly by enjoyed my own in-head narration more.


    Was Catching Fire worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Yass, Australia 12-03-13
    Cameron Yass, Australia 12-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Blood, Guts and Glory"

    This is the second book in the "Hunger Games" trilogy, and it tells what happens after Katniss and Peeta defy the Gamemakers and wind up both surviving. Needless to say, the President is not pleased, as their win has fueled unrest in the other districts. Although Katniss and Peeta are themselves pawns when it comes to the bigger picture, Katniss is the one who is scapgoated. She barely has time to see her family and friends back home, before she's thrown into the arena for a second round of the Games. This time she intends to keep Peeta alive, but as it turns out, her fellow contestants have their own agenda - and it's not as straightforward as Katniss assumes.

    The second Hunger Games is equally, if not more, suspenseful than the first. Personally, I had a hard time believing one person could take that much physical and psychological punishment and still emrge halfway sane, but hey, this is fiction. And Katniss does begin to show signs of post traumatic stress syndrome.

    I would have liked Katniss to be able to have one scene where she gets to enjoy her victory, or at least some of it. Or some scenes with her mother, sister and Gale that wouldn't result in her death/torture if she said one wrong thing, just to have some character development. On the other hand, this world's one of unrelenting grimness and fear, so it might detract from the atmosphere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mark dolores, co, United States 12-02-13
    mark dolores, co, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Story engrossing, narration nearly unbearable"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    no


    What did you like best about this story?

    compelling, rebellion, suspenseful, enjoyable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Nearly anyone. I don't think she's necessarily a bad narrator, but in this case she didn't have any sense of the characters she was playing.


    Was Catching Fire worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and I have previously read the book, the narration by Carolyn McCormick made this listen almost unbearable. She has turned Katniss, a character with profound personal strength, who had to provide for her family at the young age of 13 or 14, into a whiny, simpering basket case of a girl you want to give a good firm slap. Instead of introspective pondering about the significance of events unfolding before her, this Katniss seems hopelessly lost in self doubt, self pity, and self loathing. I was taken aback at how the narration could so change a character. I don't think Carolyn McCormick really has any grasp on the characters she was reading, because I feel like she read an entirely different book than I did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 11-11-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 11-11-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Mediocre narrator drags dwn otherwise decent story"

    At first I couldn't tell whether it was the story, or the narrator's slowish deliberate delivery that I didn't care for. After checking out the book version of Mockingjay at the library, I've come to the conclusion that my issues are more with the narration than with the story.

    The narrator isn't bad, but she isn't good either. She cannot differentiate male voices and her lackluster delivery has a huge impact on the listenability of the book, at least for me.

    Having said that, this is must read youth literature, raising lots of juicy issues and it's guaranteed to spark discussions on many fronts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 11-04-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 11-04-13

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Doesn't Quite Ignite"

    I wanted to refresh my memory of this book in anticipation of the upcoming second movie. Instead of reading this one off the page, I decided to turn to the Audible version. And I was ultimately disappointed.

    In print, I like this sequel to "The Hunger Games". Dealing with the consequences of one's actions and accepting responsibility are the lessons Katniss must learn when she grows into a leadership role. Her transformation from puppet to resistance leader is inspiring for all readers, young or old.

    So, why is this listen not up to par? The reader is to blame! One-toned overemphasis on every word robs the experience of its great emotional core. "The Hunger Games" trilogy is all about emotion, and this narrator doesn't bring it. Clarity is important in an audio book; "EEE-nun-cee-ay-shun" here becomes a distraction and, eventually, a frustration.

    Too bad! Stick to the written version.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 04-14-13
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Hunger Games 2&3 - Much Better Than Hunger Games 1"

    My review of HG 1 was mixed: a great concept and great start to a book, ended with feeling that the characters and plot were not well developed. It is fun to see a writer mature over the course of a series and it is quickly evident when reading HG 2&3 that Collins is a much better writer than she was when starting the series. In HG 2&3 the characters are better developed, the story telling is better, and there is much more emotional tension throughout the book as the characters grapple with one catastrophe after another.

    Similarly, with the performance - I was not a big fan of McCormick after HG1 - but she won me over during HG 2&3. She does a good job with both male and female voices and she brought a sense of urgency and emotionality to the story telling.

    If you liked HG 1 - you will really enjoy HG 2&3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Margarita
    4/4/15
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    "Outstanding!"

    The book exceeded my expectations!
    Not to mention it is way better than the movie. Excellent narrator! Best choice ever.

    0 of 0 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
  • Matt 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
  • sarah
    STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
    1/13/14
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    "awful narration"
    What would have made Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 better?

    Better narration


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    A proper actor


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Being madeover


    Any additional comments?

    Was really looking forward to listening to this as I haven't seen the movie yet! But yet again the awful narration and voice changes ruined it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Watkins
    Portsmouth, Uk
    12/2/13
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    "A beautiful Trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very nicely read version of these books. Easy to listen too, with good descriptions and nicely read.


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

    The descriptions of the events within the book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Nicely emphasized reading. Good character portrail and a voice that doesn't distract, you can melt into the story very easily.


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

    This one was mainly excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this trilogy, i haven't read them just listened on audio book, an amazing way to lose yourself. I know these books are meant for tweens but I am nearly 40 and they still appealed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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