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Catching Fire Audiobook

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

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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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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Back to the Arena...FINALLY"

    I almost quit on this book after a completely uneventful and meandering first half. Then the second half kicks in and saves the entire thing. Collins's vision of Arena #2 (yes, there's another arena...you didn't think they were going back in?) is fantastically diabolical, and at least this time, Katniss is with a handful of people who have her back, rather than just a wet blanket (I mean, baker). I understand that the first half of this book sets up the rest of the events that follow in the remaining one and a half books, but I feel like it could have been done better. The ending is rather abrupt and caught me off guard, and the narrator continues to make me hate the main character (which, please believe me, I don't enjoy doing). I’ve gotten this far…might as well finish off the trilogy.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 12-16-11
    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Gimme a break"

    It's enough already with the whining of the main character. I enjoyed the first book, pretty unique premise and was well done. The second book is just basically a rehash and repeat of the first, I felt a little cheated. Don't think I'll try the last one, at this point don't really care what happens to the main character (or any one else in the story).

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 09-16-11
    Kimberly 09-16-11
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    "The first one is quite good"

    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.

    8 of 11 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 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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    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.

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    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 09-02-09
    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 09-02-09 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Jeffrey Brabow 05-25-15
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    "She needs a thesaurus."

    The severe overuse of the word "flesh" in this collection of books is distracting and exemplary of how poorly written they are.

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    Dubi New York, NY 06-03-14
    Dubi New York, NY 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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  • David
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    2/13/16
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    "I loooove it"

    I loved it so fricking much Suzanne Collins thank you so much for this book

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  • Thunderfairy
    12/14/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Finished in record time! Fantastic story and delivery! Narration and voices really make the story come to life!

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  • Bronagh
    12/2/15
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    "Amazing"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Everything. I think the narrator who has narrated all the books keeps you gripped to the story. Filled with suspense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss, I guess because she is who you follow but is always full of surprises.


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

    She does the voices really well and is easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. You can't read the hunger games and not follow it on. It is gripping, well written and we'll read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs SDL Silverwood-Cope
    10/30/15
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    "The hunger games review"

    Overall this book was really good, such a cliffhanger!

    I liked the twist at the end
    Ill rate this book
    8 out of 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jules
    10/18/15
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    "Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    Addictive listening with lots of action. A good follow up to book one. Another excellent performance by the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    9/13/15
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    "Amazing"

    Love her voice and story was fantastic totally addicted to these books I literally hate putting the sleep timer on

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RBignell
    9/12/15
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    "Great and sooooooo exciting"

    took a while to get used the narrator but once you get into it was a great ride

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • heba moataz
    7/24/15
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    "fallen in love"

    I have fallen in love with the hunger games since I listened to part 1 and I still am

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • markusace
    7/20/15
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    "Good characters"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 again? Why?

    No- once read I rarely read a book again , nothing to do with the book just me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Accents with the voices


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

    Laugh occasionally


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuukka
    Helsinki, Finland
    7/9/15
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    "A great one!"

    Keeps you in hold the whole time. Superb job from audiobook makers and of course the writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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