Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.
©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)
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.
The story is a good continuation of the first volume. It provided interesting character development, plot twists, but it began to add predictability. As with volume I, Ms. McCormick's reading lacked some dynamic range, though not enough to spoil the listening.
I read the book, my adult kids listen to it while making the long drive from Pensacola to Georgia. They have young kids (both under 2 years) and would not have found the time to read the book. I always find an audible book to listen to for the long drive.
No, I don't think you can listen to it all at once. It is great for long drives and lazy afternoons. You need to take breaks with this book/ series....a lot to think about.
Its a rare thing for me to do an entire series on audio book. As an aspiring writer i like to actually hold a book in my hand and examine it as well as enjoy the story. That being said I broke tradition for this series due to time constraints (school, work, personal hygiene, etc.).
In the end I really think I would have been better off just reading it. Catching Fire is defiantly an improvement over The Hunger Games. But I really can't get into Carolyn McCormick's performance. Maybe its because she sounds so much older and the entire book is in present tense (which was jarring in and of itself, but you get used to it). The book is fast paced and very entertaining, moving each of the characters along nicely. There are a few moments where you worry the love triangle might go all Twilight on you, but fear not (or if you're a Twilight fan, cry miserably).
If you can't physically read the book then the audio book isn't bad, but it does little to enhance the experience.
yes, i believe so
Peta, great hear and personality
the first scene of the game
Did not disappoint as a sequel to the awesome story started in "The Hunger Games". Can't wait to read the third book in this 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.
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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