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Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 | [Suzanne Collins]

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

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.
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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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    "NEVER GETS OLD!!!!"

    Just Fabulous!!!! I devour books, and cant ever say I have a favorite, because there are so many I love. THIS IS ONE OF, IF NOT MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME!!!! It just gets better and better every time!!!!!!!!!!!

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    "unknown" Olympia, WA, United States 04-25-12
    "unknown" Olympia, WA, United States 04-25-12

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    "Love this story, all three books"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    The fact that the Hunger Games did not END


    What did you like best about this story?

    That strategy became the goal for the rebels.... it really is the capturing of the dilemma of activism.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Hunger Games.... this one was just as good


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    Scott EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 04-24-12
    Scott EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The second book can't be better...but it IS!"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    What a great story! I found myself unable to stop listening. Superbly written and read.


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

    You thought the game couldn't get nastier from the first book? You'd be wrong. This time the game field is set-up to wreak havoc.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Carlolyn breaths life into the words.


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

    I cried several times. This is a great story.


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    "Exciting Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    I read the book in 1 day and I am also listening to the Hunger Games during that time. I am a speed reader and like to listen at my leasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How that all the Victors had to go back to the hunger games and they half of them were allies of Katnis.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12
    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English

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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    Catching Fire is a stunning sequel to the first book The Hunger Games. So, first and foremost if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, you will find yourself lost by this book. My advice would be that you start to read the first book because in this book Suzanne Collins picks up exactly where the first book ended.The author made this book as good a first. The storyline is quite an amazing ride; the characters are even more engaging than they were in the first book. As a reader I wondered how Katniss will tangle up in the games since she won them all.Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games against The Capitol wishes and all odds, they were planning to go back in District 12 and enjoy their victory, but it soon turns out that it won’t the case. Indeed, is not exactly what President Snow had in mind since Katniss defies the Capitol in the arena, she has to pay for what she has done. Therefore the victory bears a bitter taste for both candidates. katniss soon realize the full extent of her defiance.So the book starts with Katniss as the face of the rebellion. Rebellion start to grow, the President Snow sets up his revenge to punish Katniss. I was shocked to see what they have to endure, it was cruel. It makes you want to grab up a weapon and join the rebellion.One thing bothered though, I have a little problem with Katniss, she is a bit slow to figure out things that were obvious to the readers. Also, as in the first book, things were pretty much predictable.But, above all, Catching Fire is splendid stuff and a riveting read.


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    John Brentwood, TN, United States 04-24-12
    John Brentwood, TN, United States 04-24-12
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    "Good, not great"

    As others have said, I don't think the narrator was the best choice for this series of books. Beyond that, Catching Fire is a worthy sequel to The Hunger Games. It's biggest strength is in Collins' description of the world that the characters occupy. Great details and imagination.

    However, for this story to really pay off, our hero Katniss needs to get with it. For all of her intelligence and skills, she can't seem to see the forest for the trees. More often than not, she acts more like I would expect a real 16-year-old girl to act instead of the hero that she needs to be. Some might say "well, that makes her easy to relate to." I couldn't disagree more. Peter Parker is still able to act heroically as Spiderman in spite of his teenage years, and we still relate to him. As in the first book, I kept wishing Katniss would step it up, stop feeling sorry for herself, and see what the heck is going on around her a little more clearly.

    The ending gives a pretty good cliff-hanger. If it weren't for that, I think I might not get to the third book, due to my frustration with the protagonist. But I'll read on in hopes that she shapes up.

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    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 04-24-12
    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "worth reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I think with the excitement of peeta and katness love triangle and the curiosity of the next quell games you can't help feel the excitement of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Fennick was my favorite character. I like how the author gives the impression that hes a strong ladies man only to find out theirs more behind his story.


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

    She has a way of bringing the book to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many emotions in this book that this book brings out, the one that got me the most was when peeta and katniss get seperated in the quell to bring down the arena.


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    Josette UNION CITY, CA, United States 04-24-12
    Josette UNION CITY, CA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Story line keeps you surprised, unexpected twists"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    Continues story and leads to unexpecting twists, as Katness struggles to keep track of the enemy, and who she is. The unbeleiveable circumstance she is thrown into.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very intriguing story line as the characters weave the story together and take unexpected paths trying to figure out who they are and who they can trust. How katniss feels responsible for so many people and how she can protect them.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoy her voice emphasis and voice change for characters. She does a great job of keeping you intrigued as if you were watching a movie. Her inflection is great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intriguing and unexpected twists, who to trust.


    Any additional comments?

    I like how the author has made Katniss strong yet so unsure who to trust, just like a teenager, thrown into something so much bigger then she can imagine. And to feel all alone, unknowing who to trust.

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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-23-12
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The second book of the series does not disappoint!"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very goo. Top twenty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta. For his views, his decision to work at everything as hard as he can for an outcome he wants.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I have always loved her as an actress. She is also an extremely good voice actress as is very obvious in this series of books. She has a warm voice with great range and her enunciation is wonderful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The announcement previous winners of the games were the new gamers.


    Any additional comments?

    Good books, great voice artist and wonderful characters.

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    Sheenna Clarion, PA, United States 04-23-12
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    "You'll be on Fire!"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    I loved the captivating story, and how detailed everything is when they get into the arena.


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

    What the quarter quell recommendations are.


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

    The thrill of listening to her, and bringing the characters to life with different voices, and different colors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Peeta and Katnis are there to comfort one another.


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  • 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 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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 4 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 7 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Yate, United Kingdom
    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
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "Predictable - but still very entertaining"

    As equally enjoyable as the first

    Story – 3.5/5

    Once again I found this story very entertaining, and I couldn’t switch it off. The only reason for not giving a very high score is down to a few issues that didn’t detract from my own enjoyment, but may do for others.

    Catching Fire has followed on very nicely from the first book. It flows smoothly from the end of the first novel and the plot is equally, if not even more, intriguing than the first book.

    I found the story to be incredibly predictable throughout. I am not sure if the small hints to how the book was going to end were supposed to be as obvious as I found them, but the ending didn’t have quite the impact that it could have had for me.

    Once again, it is the little details that make this trilogy enjoyable. The known characters are developed further quite nicely with a few more intriguing characters entering into the mix. Whenever little snippets of history were told about these characters history, I was always left wanting more.

    As with the first book, I didn’t find the love elements of the story very convincing, and there is more of it in this book if it bugged you in the first. I personally still didn’t find it putting me off.


    Performance – 4/5

    Carolyn McCormick is an excellent voice actor and narrator. If you enjoyed her in the first, you will enjoy her in this. All characters had distinctly recognisable voices, and she was able to portray the emotions of them very well throughout.

    There were still the same issues of younger characters seeming too whiney at times by over elongating and over emphasising some words, but again, this may be a fault of the writing, and not the narrator.


    Overall – 3.5/5


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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