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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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    Amazon Customer New York, USA 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer New York, USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Fire rises, so does the quality"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARCIO ANAHEIM, CA, United States 09-04-12
    MARCIO ANAHEIM, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    yes, i believe so


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peta, great hear and personality


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first scene of the game


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

    both


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    seenewme2 Highland, IN United States 09-04-12
    seenewme2 Highland, IN United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent sequel!"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa R. Cevallos BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, US 09-04-12
    Teresa R. Cevallos BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, US 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good!"

    Carolyn McCormick has really done it again for me. Her voice really captures all the emotion that goes on in Catching Fire, and I'll be looking forward to hear Mockinjay!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mscosu 09-03-12
    mscosu 09-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting but it is a young adult series"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    I enjoyed the process of characters overcoming dystopia environment.


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

    Hearing the format of the 75th anniversary games was surprising.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene, enjoyed strength of characters.


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

    It was too much of a young adult read to listen to for extensive periods.


    Any additional comments?

    Will complete the series because my students have all read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea LARAMIE, WY, United States 09-03-12
    Andrea LARAMIE, WY, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Catching Fire"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Hunger Games continued


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

    Yes and no... I thought this was the weakest book in the trilogy. It is too similar to its predecessor to be a 5 star book, but it is a good listen and is helpful if you plan to listen to Mocking Jay. Which is a great story as is Hunger Games.


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

    A great read


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it while driving

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, United States 09-03-12
    Daniel KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, but this is where we are heading."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Shure, I think everyone should read the whole series. This is exactly
    where Agenda 21 will take everyone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 08-30-12
    Elizabeth 08-30-12
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    "LEFT THE READER HANGING TOO MUCH"
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    Still an excellent read even for a 51 year old! But, wish I knew more about some characters and then felt left hanging and now waiting for the next book.....

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    Amazon Customer SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    Amazon Customer SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Aging dyslexic addicted to audible

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    "Another winner"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    I started this series way after the movie and the hype... but now I can see how it became so popular. The narrator is great and makes pressing pause hard for me. Though there is no magic or wizards, the world and life styles depicted in the story remind me of Harry Potter. I can not stop thinking about the characters.


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

    I've done some crying


    Any additional comments?

    worth your time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. 08-27-12
    J. 08-27-12

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    "A nice follow-up"

    A nice second book in the series, but unfortunately she chose to end it as a clear set-up to the third book. More interesting characters added to survivors of the Hunger Games group and a good storyline. Only complaint is the way the book ends, but it gets you to buy book three right away.

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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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