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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 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.
No. I usually do not listen to a book twice.
The events in the Quarter Quell. They were very vivid and had me on the edge of my seat!
When the head peacekeeper was replaced and Gale was in the town square being lashed? It was so unexpected and shocking. I didn't see it coming!
Yes. I listen to it to and from work. Let me tell you I could wait to get back in the car!
Catching Fire had such a cliff hanger, I am getting the third book today!
yes , because if you like reading books that keep you wondering what will happen next, this is the book!
I have never read Suzanne Collins books before Hunger Games. Ihave always Been a James Patterson fan. Now i cant wait to see what else she has written.
yes, when Roo's father got shot for doing his daughter mocking j call
Love Love Love this book!!
Suspense, Action & Heartbreak.
One of my favorite parts of this novel would have to be when Katniss outsmarts the peacekeepers that have come to her house with the hopes of finding her either locked out of District 12 via the electrified fence or w/ items that would make it obvious (thereby punishable) that she had been outside of the fence. Her story to throw the peacekeepers off her trail is impressive and I enjoyed the way her family/friends come together to interweave their own subterfuge and help her escape punishment.
Although I know it's a little expected, I would have to say Katniss is my favorite character from the book. Her struggles both internal and external with other characters and herself are riveting. She has a core strength that at times can become frustrating (such as when she won't let herself make a decision regarding the Peeta/Gayle love triangle,) however in the end it is her greatest asset. Watching her become a woman, through the trials and tribulations which are foisted on her via the Capitol is both empowering and heart-wrenching.
I didn't have an outward reaction to this book (unlike the first one where I was sobbing on my morning commute about Rue's death,) but there are still many instances where I found myself cheering for various characters and feeling their resulting emotions from various ups and downs in the plot. The most extreme reaction would HAVE to be in the end, when we find out that the plot of the former tributes/victors has been in the works all along, but Katniss hasn't been privy to the information. My anger, frustration and heartbreak from Peeta's resulting situation was palpable and I couldn't wait to begin the 3rd book to see what fate (and Suzanne Collins' pen,) had in store for them.
This was perhaps my favorite book of the series (I go back and forth between this and The Hunger Games,) however as a transition novel it does its job quite well. I left this book with a gnawing sense of “hunger,” for the last installment… I have since read all 3 again and I STILL find myself forced to pick up the 3rd one in order to finish the story. That in and of itself points to the power of this book.
While the story is important to me, I have deleted so manY books after listening for five minutes and I just couldn't get past the terrible narration.... This was not the case here. The reading was superb! She was sophisticated, well paced, easy to understand and still appropriately emphatic. What a wonderful listening experience!
I read books, fix computers, read books, fix my truck, read books, enjoy time with my wife and kids, and I read books.
Katniss Everdeen, what can I say? This is the first book where I know the main character will win in the end but wish she wouldn't, because she is so whiny and annoying.
It's nice to be able to listen while doing long road trips, i think the print version would be just as good
Yes, but more on the stregth of the first book, The Hunger Games (AKA - The Running Man).
The performance is solid despite the main figure feeling a bit flat at several points.
This is not as interesting a book as the first one. Despite our learning a bit more about the world and the politics, it manages to feel less diverse. It seems far more rushed and fairly predictable even as a YA read. Overall it seems like a lack-lustre me-too version compared to the first of the 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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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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