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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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    Aaron Toronto, ON, Canada 08-08-12
    Aaron Toronto, ON, Canada 08-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor narration ruins experience."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator had not sounded as though she was reading from a page I would have rated this book with 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the book itself and I thought I would try the audiobook for my commute. I can't recommend this narrator at all. She just doesn't understand how to pace and lend expression to a sentence or paragraph so that it carries you on through the story. Her diction is perfect but she sounds stiff, unrehearsed and generally flat.


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

    I would recommend reading the book. Skip the audiobook, it isn't worth the time or money.


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

    I'm not sure who I would cast in place of the current narrator but I do think that a younger person with a younger voice would help to relate the narration more closely to the character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching Fire?

    I couldn't even finish listening to the book. It really put me off.


    Any additional comments?

    I made the mistake of not listening to the sample beforehand. I really should have checked it out first. This is the first Audible book that I regret buying.

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    Candice sunset beach, NC, United States 08-07-12
    Candice sunset beach, NC, United States 08-07-12
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    "Really caught fire!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book really got to me. I really got deep into it. Listened to it on my way to work and at the gym. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 08-06-12
    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Reading this book as an audible was the Best!"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal, Struggle and again, Perseverance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'd have to say what I enjoyed the best is when the tributes banded together to help each other, knowing they may not come home because of the pact they made to keep Katniss safe. Hmm, sorry, guess that is a spoiler but just when they looked out for each other when the whole idea behind the arena is to kill or be killed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Katniss came up with her list of negotiations for Thirteen; she is a very clever girl, but still just a girl, and I just loved her thought process there. Its hard to not give away too much in case someone who has not read the book is reading the review to decide whether or not to read the book!


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

    Katniss' character of course with her dry humor always made me laugh but I had some moments of shock and sadness which I always enjoy in any book I'm reading; I like to be surprised!


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    lynn St. Louis, MO, United States 08-06-12
    lynn St. Louis, MO, United States 08-06-12
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    "A Great Book"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    I liked the book, it had me glued to the book until I was done.


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

    It was as good as the first one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her going back home.


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

    It made me cry.


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    Malinda MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-06-12
    Malinda MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb and suspensible"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I could watch my grandchildren in the water and listen to the story. Most enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    The Girl With the Dragon Tatto was equally as good.


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    Justyn 08-06-12
    Justyn 08-06-12
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    "If you liked the first, it is a must listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they liked the first book.


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

    Someone a little better with character voices and not quite so dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, decent writing, but the narrator's reading doesn't seem to reflect match the character's personalities, or the author's intended tone. This is one series where I wished I'd read the book rather than listened to the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Owens Cross Roads, AL, United States 08-06-12
    Shawn Owens Cross Roads, AL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The second blow in an trio that knocked me out"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I can always tell how much I like a read/listen from my ability to put it down. Catching Fire was another listen I made time for. On the lawn mower, driving down the road, doing reports at work, putting the kids to bed. I couldn't wait to hear the next sentence and the next and the next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a hard one. I saw the movie first so in my minds eye most of the characters had a personification already. If I had to choose who grew on me unexpectedly it would be Peeta. He is steady and true and I found myself imagining what I would have done faced with his situations. I would be dishonest if I didn't say I would have been less noble.


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

    This was the second, the first being Hunger Games. She is truly talented. I was a Law and Order Fan for years.


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

    Understatement, tears, cringes, out loud laughter, furious anger. This was a rollercoaster.


    Any additional comments?

    I first saw the Hunger Games at the theater (it was my introduction to the trilogy). I downloaded the Hunger games to listen in my leisure. I consumed it like it was the best meal I'd ever had. Once finished I immediately downloaded Catching Fire, and then MockingJay. I will be buying the books next to read each word. Perhaps the written media will have a different taste as well. I look forward to finding out.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Hated turning it off when i ran out of time!"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    From captivating dark story to well-done narration, this audio book is sure to be a favorite of mine for multiple listens for years to come.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Catching Fire had the same thread of the "reluctant Hero" as my all-time favorite Salvatore works featuring Drizzt Do'Urden.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Every character in this book has a level of human imperfection that we can all find believable.


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

    Even through the Darkness Katniss remained likeable, perhaps even more so because.of her self-deprecation.


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    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 08-06-12
    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than expected, but very much young adult"

    A little shallow, not a very deep or well thought out plot, but definitely very entertaining and engaging. I'll watch the movie next, and will probably read the next one too. But don't expect deep or meaty or chewy or even Hans Solo. Try Ender's Game instead?

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    Frazier SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 08-05-12
    Frazier SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 08-05-12

    I love reading fiction, but also enjoy poetry and nonfiction. I love stories full of mystery, suspense, charm, and alternate realities.

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    "Hunger Games Continued"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book. The plot is captivating and raises procative issues that apply to the world we all inhabit.


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

    Cinna continues to design amazing costumes for Katniss.


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

    Not only has Suzanne Collins written an unforgettable book, but Carolyn McCormick's performance brings the story to life. Her tone is pleasant and she employs good vocal variations for the different characters in this story.


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

    The humanity displayed by many in non-humane situations is touching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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