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Catching Fire Audiobook
Catching Fire
Written by: 
Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: 
Carolyn McCormick
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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    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
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    "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
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "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
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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2016
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    "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
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    Rebecca 02-13-10
    Rebecca 02-13-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "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
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    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09
    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "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
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    Kelly 08-19-11
    Kelly 08-19-11
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    "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
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    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10
    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing book, narrator hurts the experience"

    My wife's been reading these books as they come out and I've been listening to the audiobooks and this one's an amazing sequel, but Carolyn McCormick's narration is starting to really get in the way of my enjoyment of the series. After I mentioned that I was irked with how annoyingly petulant Katniss has become since the first book, I've been informed by several people who read the books that this appears to be a perception I've formed based on the horrendous performance of the narrator.

    Why on earth she insists on using this bizarre pouty-lipped babytalk reading style is completely beyond me, but it's 5x as bad as it was in "The Hunger Games." Words like "squirrel" which occur shockingly often, are like nails on a blackboard. It feels like I'm literally being read to like I'm an infant, all the more inappropriate given the words that are being read to me from this heart-wrenching story.

    This is a five star book that's been dragged down a star by the performance. I'll still probably finish the series on audiobook, but that will be the last book I ever purchase read by Carolyn McCormick.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-22-12
    Tango Texas 03-22-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Not as good as The Hunger Games - disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book because it really wasn't as well written as the first. The Hunger Games introduced a really interesting dystopian world, but that was not fleshed out much in the second book. Katniss is protrayed as a rather naive but heroic girl in the first book, but by the second book she is coming across as self-absorbed and not naive but just plain stupid. Since the author chose 1st person narrative, it seems kind of silly to me that Suzanne Collins keeps trying to bring Katniss to the brink of death and then pull her back. The reader knows that Katniss isn't going to die or the book would end since Katniss is telling the story - duh. I felt like the author was manipulating me rather than pulling me into the story. Very little additional character development for Peta and Gale - both young men are portrayed as rather 1-dimensional and I kept wondering why either of them would be interested in such dumb-bunny as Katniss appears to be. Since much of this second book is focused on the relationships between Katniss, Peta, and Gale and Katniss is a twerp and Peta/Gale are so flat, it makes for a book that is a little boring and kind of silly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was totally aggravated with the ending of Catching Fire. I thought Suzanne Collins actually did a great job with The Hunger Games in providing a satisfying conclusion, but still leaving the door open for sequels. Not so with Catching Fire - the ending leaves EVERYTHING up in the air and left me wanting nothing so much as to smack stupid Katniss.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Anyone else! Carolyn McCormick is fine when she is reading exposition, but when she reads the spoken words for characters, she makes some people sound strange - especially Katniss. I found this odd because essentially the whole book is in Katniss'


    Could you see Catching Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm sure it will be a movie, but the ending is so poor it will be a bad movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the final installment just to see if Suzanne Collins can pull this thing back together, but I have to say that Catching Fire does not measure up to The Hunger Games. I was disappointed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-20-12
    Robert 03-20-12
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    "the narration is awful!!!"

    This is just a bad fit. The story is good, but the performance if terrible!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 06-30-11
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "What if History repeated & the dark ages return"

    It could happen. The story paints one possible future. All the elements are here in our society. Read and enjoy a cool story. You will want to go on to the second book but don’t waste your time. This could have been a 4 or 5 with a better presentation. The story gets a little to mellow dramatic at times and the narrator’s presentation just makes it worse. In the second book it just gets worse and the story is lost.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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
    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
  • 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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