Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.
©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)
It takes a little time to get into the story, but the second half and ending are riveting! Loved it!
But I have to tell you that would be a good book genre mashup. On the whole I got what I expected a reasonably entertaining story with plot holes and strange turns. Logan's Run or even Soylent Green - now there is scifi!
1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!
After listening to Hunger Games, I finished the two final books in a 2 week period. I listened as much as possible and was pulled into the story. I really enjoyed how the author continued to build out the characters and depicted the internal strife so well. I highly recommend this series!
Just when I thought it will be a Harry Potter-like model all over again - the same structure of the story (summer, train, school, end of school year in HP, here - life in the districts, game announcement, games and post-games), the book turns itself into "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"! You have to read the last installment, since "Catching Fire" ends in a massive cliff-hanger. After several weeks you can even forget there the 2nd book ends and the last one begins in the story.
You will enjoy it. I flew through it in 2 (working!) days on my way to the great ending
yes i was super sad when one of the characters that i liked died and made me almost cry
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
This story picks up approximately 6 to 9 months after the end of The Hunger Games. We follow Katniss and Peeta as they adjust to life back in District 12, and as they prepare for and experience the Quarter Quell - a special anniversary edition of the Hunger Games at the Capitol. The novel is excellently written - the pacing is fast, the characters deep, and the story itself is riveting. There is a particular scene in District 11 which takes place during the victory tour that almost brought tears to my eyes. It has an explosive ending which leads directly into Book 3. The narration is excellent and the production itself is superb. Get this amazing follow up to The Hunger Games.
No. the narrator.
No one memorable moment, just lots of good ones.
At first, she made Katniss sound like 50 yrs old. The inflection on emotion is way off. Voices were ok but inconsistent.
I am a man. I only tear slightly.
I think I will be reading the final book, not listening to it.
"Good second act"
I did enjoy the second book, it was a little like the Empire Strikes Back, a dark heart but an essential element before an unfortunate looking Return of the Jedi third act let down.
"Just doesn't work for me...."
This is clearly popular to many people but I found myself drifting off and not listening at all to the performance.
It is too over-elaborate for me. The basic storyline was good for a long as I listened but it really didn't grip me.
Sure, the narrator was fine, it was more the content that I was disappointed with.
Didn't really get far enough before I gave up.
"Initial reservations overthrown within minutes!!!!"
I'd seen the film of Hunger Games and heard the books were good but as they are technically kids books (apparently) I wasn't sure I'd like. I was also not sure about the performer as sometimes american accents can spoil a book for me (nothing against Americans but you know how an audio can be made or broken by the reader!). Needn't have worried as a few minutes in I was hooked! I loved how well rounded the characters were across the 3 books - everyone has their flaws. Everything has consequences for all the characters, but not in a preaching and moralistic fashion. I really, really unexpectedly enjoyed all three audios, and was sad when it ended.
Since reading the first book I thought I should continue the series, in short there’s less action as the first however more time is placed into character development which is surprisingly addictive to listen to. I would definitely recommend
"Catch Fire? Certainly."
As you'd expect, this is a fantastic listen and you'll find yourself, as I did, praying for traffic in the mornings just so you can keep listening; but I personally found the first installment in the trilogy better written.
Far from disappointing, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to it's name; it's full of suspense, "rolling stone" like momentum and there really isn't a dull moment so I would definitely recommend the listen if you enjoyed the first book.
The narration by Carolyn McCormick is outstanding and her voice now feels like an old friend; having listened to the first two books in the Hunger Games series back to back.
Ultimately, this title was a credit well spent!
"great follow on"
I only listened to this book. I though read the last book i really enjoyed the print version.
There were many as the story was unpredictable and interesting turns
Initially i did not the narrater, l found the pace too fast and her voice too old for the character. After a while I adapted and enjoyed her style.
I like to make my stories last for the long drives I do, however I found myself listening in several other opportunities
I enjoyed this book its surprises, its twists and turns. Although a young adult book its style is intersting for us older readers
"A Great Sequel"
In Catching Fire Katniss decides that she’d like to start a rebellion, with little thought for how things might turn out. (Immaturity on steroids.) I should think she’ll be forced to learn her lesson by the end of the trilogy – Suzanne Collin’s doesn’t sugar coat her plot lines.
The big surprise for me was that our characters end up back in the arena again. My reaction? “Didn’t I just read this book?” The arena serves a purpose but I had hoped this novel would take a more creative path, and I didn’t get to see nearly as much of the districts or their peoples as I wanted too.
It was interesting to see how Katniss starts to ally herself with Peeta as Gale is left behind in District Twelve. Katniss respect Gale, but during the few moments he gets page space he comes across as angry and political. Peeta’s steady, smart and caring (and learning to tell her ‘no’) in Catching Fire and he sort of won me over.
The cliffhanger ending made reading this book worth it and ensured that I will be picking up the final instalment in the Hunger Games trilogy.
"Amazing Story and the naration was full of energy."
The story itself and the naration. Its like listening to bed time stories all over again.
When President Snow showed up at Katniss' house.
The scene I enjoy the most was when Peeta and Katniss watched the recording of 2nd quarter quell finding out about Haymitch's game. But actually there are lots of scenes that I did enjoy like when Peeta and Katniss were walking at the town centre finding out that Gale were being whiped and Katniss ran to his rescue, the tour to district 11, the anouncement of the 3rd quarter quell and the reaping day and a lot more.
This is a must lietened book. Listening to it is like going back to your childhood hearing stories that take you away to a different world.
"Another brilliant & addictive piece"
I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.
I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.
I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.
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.
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