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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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    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 2013
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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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    02-13-10
    02-13-10 Member Since 2015
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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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    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!

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    Jurgens HartswaterSouth Africa 09-16-09
    Jurgens HartswaterSouth Africa 09-16-09
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    "captivating"

    I'm always amazed how writers can create a story which draws you in and make you care about it's characters. Susanne Collins does just that. I am officially a fan of her work and can't wait for the final installment of the trilogy. The story line is very similar to the first book, but where the first book promised no reform or change for the people of Panem, this book get things moving along and promises bucketloads for the third installment. Looking forward to that.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Baltimore, MD, USA 09-14-09
    Cheryl Baltimore, MD, USA 09-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't wait for the final book!"

    I loved "The Hunger Games" and couldn't wait for "Catching Fire". Fortunately, it had just been released when I finished the first book. Picking up very close to the end of "The Hunger Games", Collins continues the story of Katniss et al with some minor and major shocking moments. Although I thought the first half went a little too quickly and glossed over periods of time with just a few paragraphs, the second half delivers.
    As I listened to hour after hour, I knew this story would end on a cliffhanger. There's just too much unresolved. "Catching Fire" reveals a bigger story and I can't wait to see how it ends!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Rhubarb, Rhubarb
    Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    12/25/12
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    "Enjoyable"

    Intrigued by the popular interest in this series I decided to download all 3 books (I.e The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay). I was nervous that the American narrators voice would eventually grate but was pleasantly surprised to realise she didn't & instead played a part in my ultimate enjoyment. That said - I did find myself laughing to myself mimicking her plaintive cries of "Catniss!"..."Peter!" to my families annoyance. Her singing (very small part of overall narration) was also laughably bad - but I admired her courage. Overall I would recommend - & preferred it narrated than when I read one of the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PC
    London
    12/24/12
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    "The story continues........."

    After finishing listening to The Hunger Games I could hardly wait to start listening to Part II of the trilogy. I have to say that I was struggling to imagine how what seemed like a complete novel could be continued for two more though I should not have worried. There are enough new twists in the plot to keep you engaged and to make the overall story plausible although perhaps the writing is not quite as taught as in the first novel of the series. The characterisation continues to impress and you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giddy
    UK
    12/24/12
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    "Fantastic adventure"

    This whole series is excellent- I listened to the lot, one after another and soon got sucked into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    Northwich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Catching Fire Review"

    Having only seen the film "The Hunger Games" and not read the book, I did not feel as though I missed out on important details and could understand the plot of catching fire just fine.

    I would give the actual book 5/5 stars as I could not stop listening- I was well and truly hooked! However I found the narration of this audio book very poor as there was no change in tone by the reader; characters speaking sounded exactly the same as characters thinking and this was often confusing.

    Having read the book since listening to this audiobook I can confirm that it is a brilliant book, let down only by poor narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • isabel
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "increfible, could not stop listening"

    i watched the first part, i listened to the second and i read the third one. i would definatly choose the audio one. it delt so eeal. i could cloae my eyes and my imagination was flying!

    it has been a reall expwrience! i would and i jave recomended, try and see

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bjarndis
    Oslo, Norway
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "OK"

    Found it OK, liked the first book better. Katniss was a bit of a bore, being hysterical all the time got a bit to much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Part 2"

    It's great that the second installment starts by recapping events from book and then your thrown into the action of the 75th Hunger for another adventure of the star crossed lovers from district 12.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • simon
    sunderland, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Good follow up book"

    This is a good follow on book but don't expect it to be as good as the first one. It is interesting but I feel the author drags it out a bit and it could be much shorter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Umar
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The Rookie."

    I never thought audiobooks could be that interesting until I tried my hands or ears rather on "catching fire". The experience was phenomenal,after watching the 1st instalment of the series I couldn't wait to know what would happen next so I had to grab this. To me audiobooks are very much similar to the movie experience except for the visual part of course. I'm planing on getting the third of the series and I think everyone should get all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asher
    Culverstone, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Catching Fire"

    This is an easy to listen book, with all the plot twists you expect from a sequel to The Hunger Games. It starts a little slowly, without much action until the second half of the book, but is still engaging enough to keep the listener interested. Overall, I'd really recommend listening to this, especially if you enjoyed the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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