We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Catching Fire Audiobook

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (37303 )
5 star
 (22537)
4 star
 (10592)
3 star
 (3216)
2 star
 (629)
1 star
 (329)
Overall
4.5 (29730 )
5 star
 (18760)
4 star
 (7620)
3 star
 (2598)
2 star
 (545)
1 star
 (207)
Story
4.5 (29529 )
5 star
 (18130)
4 star
 (7912)
3 star
 (2566)
2 star
 (588)
1 star
 (333)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2208
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    399
    395
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    318
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slight slump between the first and third books"

    This was a good sequel with the same strengths and flaws as book one. Like The Hunger Games, the plot is rather predictable, but nonetheless I found it a gripping story, even when I could see what was coming a mile away.

    The main flaw in this book was that the plot was a bit recycled (it is essentially Hunger Games II) and the overall series arc, a revolt against the Capital, makes virtually no forward progress.

    The ending is one of the worst cliff-hangers ever, though: while I knew that of course not everything would be wrapped up in this book, for all practical purposes Catching Fire is just Part One, with the third book in the trilogy being Part Two. If you liked the first book, you'll want to read this one, but plan to read Mockingjay immediately afterwards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12
    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tim

    HELPFUL VOTES
    80
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I dunno."
    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book, like the first, is spent setting up the political setting. I swallowed this much more easily this time around, mostly because it has a proper purpose. My problems with this book begin at about the point that you realize that the main story points here are probably driven by the author's opportunity to have another go at describing arena combat.

    Frankly, I find it largely uninteresting to put Peeta and Katniss into the Games a second time, especially when the author went through all of the trouble to make it possible that Haymitch could be a contestant. I think a superior story would have been to put Haymitch into the games with Katniss, which would force the author to really make her characters watertight. Peeta is such a flat character that frankly contributes so little to this story and the previous that you're shocked at how underutilized he is. He's just a big pawn for the author to use to make Katniss do mildly irrational things in a predictable fashion.

    The author used a story device in this book that I also didn't like... It was like she had this cool arena she made up, but didn't have a way to show the audience how cool it was, so she had to make a minor character just magically know how it worked, but then make that character unable to speak coherently, so that everybody has to guess at what this character is trying to say. It was juvenile, I guess. I accept it, because that's the target audience, but it didn't demonstrate storytelling prowess.

    Finally, the author seems to have built this story on Katniss's obliviousness to the *real* story going on behind the scenes. Consequently you don't know anything about it either as the reader, and once the reveal happens, you're left feeling like it the story you were being told was rather pointless and unnecessary. It was interesting, I grant you, but largely unnecessary. And then people are like

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    30
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    118
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My favorite of the three books"

    I loved this series, especially this book. The characters were so interesting and the political plot really came out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yaelle Glenn Baltimore, Md USA 02-06-11
    Yaelle Glenn Baltimore, Md USA 02-06-11 Member Since 2014

    I dont know if I'll ever hear any audiobook as fully amazing as the Darth Bane trilogy. Ever. Really. OMG.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "I Will Remember This Book For The Rest of My Life"

    I actually have no idea what to say. I think the book has rendered me speechless. All I can say is that I enjoyed this series so much, number two, Catching Fire especially, that I have stopped reading 2/3 of the way into the 3rd & final book probably because deep down, I don't think I can bear to part from the characters & their world. I just cant stand facing the fact that there are not going to be more. I wish, wish, WISH that the author would add several more to this series. I dont even know that its going to be possible once the book ends, but my goodness. I can tell you that I've never felt this way about a book. Cant say its my favorite book of all times or anything like that, but I can say I've never been so emotionally invested in a story for Gods sake! Much less one thats geared to readers who are probaly my son's age (he's just under 16).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    477
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    89
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    104
    0
    Overall
    "wow!"

    I'm in my 30s and was riveted! The writing and character development for the series is so good, I couldn't stop listening. The second book in the series introduces some new characters and complexities with the love triangle, as well as the overarching themes of survival and politics between the districts and the capitol. The author really maintains the suspense and brings us inside Katniss' thought process. There is also a sense of maturity as the story develops.

    The narrator does an excellent job bringing each character to life--so good!

    A must listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    214
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    149
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    1
    Overall
    "Excellent; a little more cerebral than book 1"

    This was more thoughtful than book 1 - not a knock on either book, they were just different. I was afraid it would not be as good as book 1, but actually found it a little better.

    My daughter says book 3 was a little disappointing, so I stopped after book 2 and asked her instead to tell me how it all ends. This is a great trilogy, at least insofar as I can vouch based on the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    110
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    212
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Very satisfying, quick listen"

    I loved the first book The Hunger Games even though it is geared towards Young Adults. The second doesn't disappoint either, although as it's part of a series anyone reading it as a standalone would be completely lost. Carolyn McCormick is one of the most talented narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to and makes all the characters voices just pop. On the other hand, just made a mistake of downloading Dream Hunter whose narrator ruins the story. A good narrator sucks you in and keeps you transfixed.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca 02-13-10
    Rebecca 02-13-10 Listener Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Could not stop listening"

    Ussually I save my audio books for the car, but this one I could not stop listening to. I read the 1st THE HUNGER GAMES on my kindle and when this one was not avaialble on the Kindle I used a credit and got it. I cannot wait until the 3rd book comes out. I did not think I would like these books based on the premise but I was convinced to try them and I loved them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09
    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Better than I expected"

    After HUNGER GAMES, I needed more. Sometimes the book after such a phenomenal and original story lacks a little of the surprise and excitement. Not so with this book. It lives up to HUNGER GAMES and more. The only bad part, I have to wait another year for the next book!!!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly 08-19-11
    Kelly 08-19-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    83
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "I think I know where this is going..."

    A good read, but not as captivating as the first in the series. I am intrigued to finish the trilogy and to discover if the story continues on its trajectory. Note - thanks to Carolyn McCormick for dropping that baby voice she used when speaking for Katness in the first book. She's a teenager, not a toddler.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Renee
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    4/9/12
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.