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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)
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.
I would recommend reading the book. Skip the audiobook, it isn't worth the time or money.
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.
I couldn't even finish listening to the book. It really put me off.
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.
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!
Betrayal, Struggle and again, Perseverance
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.
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!
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!
I liked the book, it had me glued to the book until I was done.
It was as good as the first one.
Her going back home.
It made me cry.
I could watch my grandchildren in the water and listen to the story. Most enjoyable
The Girl With the Dragon Tatto was equally as good.
Yes, if they liked the first book.
Someone a little better with character voices and not quite so dramatic.
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.
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.
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.
This was the second, the first being Hunger Games. She is truly talented. I was a Law and Order Fan for years.
Understatement, tears, cringes, out loud laughter, furious anger. This was a rollercoaster.
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.
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.
Catching Fire had the same thread of the "reluctant Hero" as my all-time favorite Salvatore works featuring Drizzt Do'Urden.
Every character in this book has a level of human imperfection that we can all find believable.
Even through the Darkness Katniss remained likeable, perhaps even more so because.of her self-deprecation.
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?
I love reading fiction, but also enjoy poetry and nonfiction. I love stories full of mystery, suspense, charm, and alternate realities.
I recommend this book. The plot is captivating and raises procative issues that apply to the world we all inhabit.
Cinna continues to design amazing costumes for Katniss.
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.
The humanity displayed by many in non-humane situations is touching.
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