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©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)
I enjoyed this offering and the entire series. The narration is GREAT and the story is engaging and thought provoking. Well worth the listen!
I enjoyed the book, the way it was narrated and the story behing it
She did a great job
I enjoy the suspense created by the author - not knowing or being able to figure out what will happen at the end...kept me reading and wanting more....
I like the action...
Her intonations of various characters voices keep the characters separated from the words.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was my least favorite of the series. Necessary for the story but I felt that the story was filler to get to the final book.
I guess I would listen to it again, but it is unlikely I will. The story line became a bit too lengthy for me about three quarters of the way into the book.
The first book.
Yes. Usually good.
Interesting story. I didn't listen or read the story the first book; I viewed the DVD movie. I was surprises by the story's great acting. and the timeliness of this story. Maybe more appropriately steady content of the story. It is science fiction in great tradition of the form. Social commentaries relevant today are very pointed. Statement of the ways control and people organize themselves is great. No a book for change at all. However the book was entertaining. I will try other work from Ms. Collins. It is entertaining reading, theatrical listening.
No, but I will.
The story continues...
Not sure I would see the movie. reading and the listening always makes a better picture when the author and the actors present for me. Movies are great, but I am not as impressed by good movies as I am by good books. Part of this situation is my own education and knowledge of art forms. We are taught to write, and read. I appreciate the mechanics of writing and theatrical reading when I experience it differently than the visual movie experience. I have lot less deeper understanding in mechanics of movie story composition and presentation. But like many things in life I hope learn more about movie production and presentation composition.
One of my nursing jobs requires me to spent MASSIVE amounts of time in the car between hospitals. I need something to do.... :)
This second book is shocking! I actually cried a little. Well read and wonderful story. Keep on listening, you must go on to the third book. A very complete story over all.....perfect ending to so many torturing surprises.
Yes, but only after I listed to the Hunger Games first. Since this book is a continuation of the first. Book two is just as captivating.
I would say the realization that there was in fact a functioning and thriving "District 13"
Yes I have, she has a way of bringing every character to life and with their own personality.
The Realization of the Capitol's true influence.
If/When the movie comes out I hope they do it more justice than they did the Hunger Games.
I listened to this book immediately after The Hunger Games and it picked up the story and moved beautifully. It got better and better as it went on and had me sitting in my car long past turning the engine off.
It was compelling and entertaining but didn't illicit an extreme reaction. It is a great story, it moves, and it surprised me when I thought I had figured it out. It did a great job of ensuring I knew about the events in the first book without slowing the momentum of the ongoing story.
I don't really know of a comparison...maybe Lord of the Flies, only in the sense of the "human-ness" of each of the characters. Collins truly captured human qualities, hopes, dreams, emotions, and motives in not only the character development but also in the way that the characters interacted with the plot.
Vocal intonation. She expressed emotion and thus, brought the characters to life. For example, I might have imagined Effie Trinket differently had McCormick not read those words aloud. "May the odds be ever in your favor" would have simply been flat, or maybe, solemn in my mind. But because I heard McCormick's interpretation (which ended up being similar to that of the film), I was able to more accurately imagine what I think Collins probably intended for her character.
The moment that Rue died moved me to tears. Up to that point, through Katniss's interaction with her younger sister, the songs, the tender love and care, almost that of a mother...through the intensity of being in the arena, and all throughout the original training, Katniss having a certain protective-ness for Rue...when she died, it was something I knew would come, but because the characters were so well developed, I was carried along with Katniss's emotions.
The second part of the book that moved me was Thresh's graciousness to Katniss. On a national level, he was showing respect for her district, national unity and mutual respect, but on a personal level, the gratitude he showed for Katniss caring for Rue and avenging her death was very moving. I once heard grace defined as "the giving of what we don't deserve and mercy as failing to give what we do deserve." In that moment, Thresh could have easily responded differently...but he showed character and demonstrated mercy...it was a great part of the book. It gave it some "meat" so to speak.
I'm really enjoying these audio-books. They are wonderfully read, and very well written. I think Suzanne Collins did a great job with the characters, especially Katniss. And just when I think I know how the story is going to go, she goes in a completely different direction.
First of all, let me just say that I love the narrator Carolyn McCormick. She's doing a great job and I love her voice, tone and rhythm for the Hunger games series! This first part of the second book was not as action packed as the first Hunger Games, but it was not in the least uninteresting. I wanted to keep listening until it was done! I am also very excited about the second part of the recording which promises all the action to come. I think this book was really enjoyable - would recommend it.
"Not as good as the first book"
The first book is so gripping that I can't imagine not reading this second installment, but, although decent, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the first book. Katniss lacks the cleverness that got her through the first games and the plot contains too much same old same old to make it special.
This was as good as the Hunger Games,but i never exspected the ending like it was cannot wait to listen to the final book.
"Not the best"
I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.
It was a little too recap heavy for me. It was also repetitive and this lost some of my interest. It seemed like a bridge to the final book. I also lost some of my support for Katniss she seems to be very self absorbed in this book.
I was not fond of the Katniss' voice, it sounded a little weak and whiny, which I'm sure was not the intention for the heroine of the story.
Yes it was worth the listening time.
I afraid I'm not going to listen to the third book in the trilogy but I'm sure it will tie up lots of lose ends. I just fear it will be another chance to revisit the old plot and stories.
"A thoroughly gripping book"
I would surely listen to Catching Fire again. the story is fast-paced, the characters are well developed, the language is beautiful and the symbolism in the story is impossible not to get inspired by.
The mere thought of drawing a parallell between the symbolism in this book and the rampant development of entertainment in the modern world is gripping.
No, I have not.
The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)
Nope, I'm good.
"Bit of bridge to the fantastic 3rd book"
As I've found with most trilogies the 2nd book tends to be a bit of a bridge betwen the excitement of the first book and the climax and thrill of the 3rd book. This one is a bit of a scene/background setter ready for the 3rd book, but is still unput-downable and is completely believable for a future American world
"A gripping listen"
So, I already own the paperback and have recently purchased The Hunger Games on audiobook, so the next step would be to acquire this one, the second in the trilogy. A great Narrator makes this a much more enjoyable listen than some I've come across. We have listened to it a few times now and think it will become a great addition to our audio library.
"It gets interesting..."
This books needs no introduction. You can't not read it if you've read the Hunger Games. My comment is specific to the audible version: Carolyn McCormick does a fine job with the reading. Her voice adapts well to all the different characters so it's always pretty clear who's talking. The slightly husky tone to her voice adds an edge to the prose, and definitely makes you feel that you're listening to more than a kids' book. A pleasure to listen to.
loved the story line, absolutely captivating.
Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!
the girl on fire strikes back
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