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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)
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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.
I've done some crying
worth your time
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.
Absolutely! The story line is addicting right from the start so you naturally have to continue on from the first book all the way through to the end of the third. I was also impressed with Carolyn McCormick changing her voice for each character and being able to hold to that throughout the entire series.
Suzanne Cook paints a very vivid word picture, so being able to see this story unfolding in my mind was easy. I enjoyed the detail that she provided about the characters, their surroundings and history that made understanding the trials and tribulations so much easier. (So much of this was lacking in the movie but movies are only allowed to be so long.)
Katniss Everdeen was my favorite. The 'voice and tone' used by Carolyn McCormick throughout the series allows you to really know Katniss, her thoughts, her heart. It's great to see a young lady display this type of 'take charge' attitude with regard to taking over the responsibilities of her family after her father's death due to her mother's inability to do so due to her own personal grief. Even after winning the first Hunger Game, she never changes her personality and allows the Capital's way of life to swallow her up. Her focus remains the same; protecting and taking care of her family and those closest to her.
Yes! I wanted to kill President Snow myself. I laughed and cried at different times throughout the series.
While the author has done a fabulous job, I'd like to especially thank Carolyn McCormick for her talents in performing this series. I've already begun shopping for other books that she's performed.
Great to see the progression of the story. More action and introduction to a whole new world/arena.
Not a big fan of the narrator's voice and style unfortunately but it doesnt take away hugely from the adventure/story.
Found the first book a lot more interesting and the story was a lot more complex. This book was ok but too much emphasis on the political side of Katniss' country than her personal story. It was writen by the same recipe as the first book. Doesn't compell me to download the third book though. I think Carolyn McDomick does an excellent job reading it and have no criticism at all about her performance.
Yes. Thought he book was a good follow to Hunger Games. Good story.
All was good
All was good
Yes. We listened on a drive and could not wait for each part.
What can I possibly say about the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy that you haven't already heard during the promotion of the Hunger Games movie? Well, I can say that I enjoyed it as much as the Hunger Games. Collins continues the story of Katniss and Peeta taking us further into the darkness of the Hunger Games ensuring us that even winning isn't what we hoped. Katniss finds herself suddenly thrust into a role she never imagined as she and Peeta are taken on their Victory Tour of the Districts only to feed the fire of revolution that has been burning only as embers until now.
If you thought the Hunger Games was brutal, dark and somewhat hopeless, Catching Fire will not change your mind. But as your anger grows against the Capital, you begin to feel Katniss' pain and indecision; her fear and anger; her love and hate.
I highly recommend this audio book but only if you have listened to the Hunger Games first. As the second part of a trilogy, you'd be lost without the foundation provided by the first book.
I found the narration pleasant. Carolyn McCormick does a great job telling the story in first person. I found no distractions in her voice, tone or pronunciation. (And no sighs or deep breaths during the reading as well. Big Bonus!).
Good story, enjoy this narrator
If you liked the first one this is more good stuff
I really enjoyed the 2nd Installment of this series. It took no time at all to ramp up the urgency with Snow's ultimatum to Katniss. You can sympathize with Katniss as she tries to decide between flight or fight. The design of the 2nd arena is genius. I love how all of the characters grow and their relationships get more defined. It is a very emotional story and again it dragged a lot out of me. I love Katniss as a heroine ( or hero period ). For some reason I have cared about her more than any protaganist in any book that I have read so far.
Don't stop with the first book, carry on and pick this title up!
Carolyn McCormick does a great narrative, she is easy to understand and has good emotion. Again, the only beef, is it could have been done by someone younger, but she does a really good job.
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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