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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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    Friartuc San Antonio, TX USA 09-17-12
    Friartuc San Antonio, TX USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this offering and the entire series. The narration is GREAT and the story is engaging and thought provoking. Well worth the listen!


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    Meloneal12 09-17-12
    Meloneal12 09-17-12
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    "Great boil for parents and teens"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    I enjoyed the book, the way it was narrated and the story behing it


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job


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

    Yws


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LORA ft myers, FL, United States 09-17-12
    LORA ft myers, FL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wanting more....."
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    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....


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the action...


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

    Her intonations of various characters voices keep the characters separated from the words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 09-17-12
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Least Favorite of Three"

    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.

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    Francisco ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-17-12
    Francisco ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good follow up book, but felt a bit lengthy"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    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.


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

    The first book.


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

    Yes. Usually good.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J S BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-17-12
    J S BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    SHopper

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    "Good book. Moved to buy from the movie..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    No, but I will.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story continues...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee WELLINGTON, OHIO, United States 09-13-12
    Dee WELLINGTON, OHIO, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2015

    One of my nursing jobs requires me to spent MASSIVE amounts of time in the car between hospitals. I need something to do.... :)

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    "Keep reading! (listening)"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zelda Kenton, TN, United States 09-13-12
    Zelda Kenton, TN, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Must Listen"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    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.


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

    I would say the realization that there was in fact a functioning and thriving "District 13"


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

    Yes I have, she has a way of bringing every character to life and with their own personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Realization of the Capitol's true influence.


    Any additional comments?

    If/When the movie comes out I hope they do it more justice than they did the Hunger Games.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 09-13-12
    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good book by Suzanne Collins"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Charles 09-12-12
    Charles 09-12-12
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    "Entertaining Read"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    intense
    entertaining
    capturing


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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  • Renee
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    4/9/12
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    "Fantastic series"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aleksandra
    London, United Kingdom
    3/30/12
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    "Really addictive!"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    9/2/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    8/25/12
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    "Catching Fire"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    chessington, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "Not the best"
    Would you try another book written by Suzanne Collins or narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Did Carolyn McCormick do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    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.


    Was Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 worth the listening time?

    Yes it was worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    Stavanger, Norway
    12/1/13
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    "A thoroughly gripping book"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No, I have not.


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

    The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, I'm good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Mills
    7/21/12
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    "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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    7/19/12
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    4/26/12
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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • charlie
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Absolute cracker"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    loved the story line, absolutely captivating.


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

    Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!


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

    Hamich


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the girl on fire strikes back


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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