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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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    Michelle Harrisonburg, VA, United States 05-11-12
    Michelle Harrisonburg, VA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than The Hunger Games"
    Any additional comments?

    It takes a little time to get into the story, but the second half and ending are riveting! Loved it!

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    Extra Copy 05-11-12
    Extra Copy 05-11-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "She Whines More than Harry Potter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    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!


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    Amazon Customer 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The perfect sequel!!"

    This book was amazing. It captures every emotion. It is one that I will read/listen to again and again.

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    salt phila, pa 05-10-12
    salt phila, pa 05-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Drew me in"

    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!!!

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    B 05-10-12
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    "Excellent continuation of the Hunger Games!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh United States 05-09-12
    Josh United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This is a great series"

    I'm downloading the third book as I write this review can't wait to see how this concludes. What a great series!

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    Elena New York, NY, United States 05-09-12
    Elena New York, NY, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Great "Middle""

    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

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    Rachel 05-09-12
    Rachel 05-09-12
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    "Great book and listen!"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    awesome


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the arena


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

    yes i was super sad when one of the characters that i liked died and made me almost cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-08-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011

    I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

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    "Book on fire!"

    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.

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    Judy Bella Vista, AR, United States 05-08-12
    Judy Bella Vista, AR, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, narrator not so good."
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    No. the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    No one memorable moment, just lots of good ones.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    At first, she made Katniss sound like 50 yrs old. The inflection on emotion is way off. Voices were ok but inconsistent.


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

    I am a man. I only tear slightly.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I will be reading the final book, not listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ben
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    11/14/13
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    "Good second act"
    Where does Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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  • Paul
    Celbridge, Ireland
    11/11/13
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    "Just doesn't work for me...."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is clearly popular to many people but I found myself drifting off and not listening at all to the performance.


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

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Sure, the narrator was fine, it was more the content that I was disappointed with.


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

    Didn't really get far enough before I gave up.


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  • H
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    "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.

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  • Jason
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    8/25/13
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    "8/10"

    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

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  • Hannah
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    8/10/13
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    "Catch Fire? Certainly."
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately, this title was a credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    7/8/13
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    "great follow on"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to this book. I though read the last book i really enjoyed the print version.


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

    There were many as the story was unpredictable and interesting turns


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    I like to make my stories last for the long drives I do, however I found myself listening in several other opportunities


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book its surprises, its twists and turns. Although a young adult book its style is intersting for us older readers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Scotland
    7/8/13
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    "A Great Sequel"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augusto
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Amazing Story and the naration was full of energy."
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 the most enjoyable?

    The story itself and the naration. Its like listening to bed time stories all over again.


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

    When President Snow showed up at Katniss' house.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


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

    Yes Definately.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    7/1/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Birmingham UK
    7/1/13
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    "Loved it..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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