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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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    Kirt PALESTINE, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Kirt PALESTINE, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "awsome"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I thought this one and the first book were the best books i've ever read.


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

    When all the victors hold hands.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She has a great way of painting a picture in your mind.


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

    It choked me up a few times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaden Sydney, Australia 08-01-12
    Kaden Sydney, Australia 08-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad + Boring Storey"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Sadist


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    It was weak


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    The narrator sounded like a tranny


    What character would you cut from Catching Fire?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I still can't get the tranny's voice out of my head. she ruined the whole book. I stopped listening to it. AHHHH!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elliot 07-03-12
    Elliot 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as the first book, but worth a listen"

    This is an interesting extension of the original story. I enjoyed it so much that I completed listening to it within 4 days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 07-01-12
    Bonnie 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "“Catching Fire” smoldered"

    It just didn’t catch me like the “Hunger Games”. While still a good book, it is not as dynamite and fast paced as “Hunger Games”. In fact, it is rather slow in places.
    There was just too much indecision on the part of Katniss: is there a secret district, does she love Gale or Peeta, does she believe there are rebels organizing in the districts, should she rebel, and who should she trust. 17 yr. olds usually “know it ALL” and have very definite opinions. Katniss does not sound like a 17 yr. old in this book.

    Everything is a summary of what happened when she and Peeta came home. I wanted to hear about the first meeting Katniss had with Gale after she returned and about getting her life back together. None of this happened and that is why it was slow.

    FINALLY, the Big announced about the 75th Hunger Games is made and then the plot thickens and picks up pace. It is then back to feeling like the original book. There's plenty of action in the last chapters of the novel but it just wasn't as gripping. More action and emotion was needed throughout the book. I wish Collins would have done more development of the life under a totalitarian government. It was worth the read but not nearly as good as the first book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toinette Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-30-12
    Toinette Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-30-12

    I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.

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    "To the point"

    It's the end and I'm glad. I wish I could keep on reading this wonderful story, but these characters deserve a rest after what they've been through. This isn't the ending I imagined in the begining, but it is the right ending. Right and wrong should be black and white, but sometimes there just is a gray area that we as humans must accept. This story gives me hope.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul L. Sparks 04-06-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awful Narration of a Poorly Written Book"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I would not try another book by Suzanne Collins or Carolyn McCormick. I hated myself for enjoying this series. The writing was terrible. For weeks after reading / listening (read book 1, listened to 2 and 3) I did nothing but complain about how much better this all could have been. Here's my major criticism of the entire series: extraordinary lack of depth.Yes, I know it's teen fiction, but consider other teen appropriate book in the same genre. Compare this book series to 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World (all of which I read around the 9th grade) or dystopian literature of the not to distant past, such as The Road (which is actually a lot less violent, though clearly not for kids). The problem with this series is that there's no point. Suzanne Collins make a critical nod toward voyeuristic consumer culture, but she never connects the dots in a meaningful way. At the end, we're left wondering what she's trying to say. Is there a message here? Is the story carrying a comment on society, politics, philosophy that is somehow relevant to our current experience of life on this planet? No. Or at least, not unless you're willing to go out of your way to torture it into something other than a Rambo quality action flick.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick???s performances?

    In the future I will not purchase an audiobook if Carolyn McCormick is the narrator. I actually read the first book, so I had the voice of the narrator in my head when I sat down to listen to this one. I almost didn't make. Her tone is completely wrong. No subtlety, limited character acting, pronounced as though reading a pompous speech to a class of graduating 5th graders... and the fact that it's written at ~a 5th grade reading level doesn't help matters. I had to force myself to listen. It was painful, but I made it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 03-05-12
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    "Best of the trilogy"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books in recent memory. I'm really glad I downloaded it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like I said with my previous review of the other Hunger Games book - this trilogy is amazing. I love every part


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    I think she makes Katniss to girly and weak when Katniss is a POWERFUL character.


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

    And nothing else matters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Davis Tacoma, WA USA 03-03-12
    Katherine Davis Tacoma, WA USA 03-03-12

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    "Dismal worldview to convey to young adults"

    The futile fight against an overbearing government where no one can be trusted and reality is altered and manipulated by others made the philosophical backdrop of this novel distasteful to me, although the story was well crafted and the narrator did a reasonable job. I would not want a child of mine to read this story, which undermines hope.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josée Quebec City, QC, Canada 02-22-12
    Josée Quebec City, QC, Canada 02-22-12
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    "Riveting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this to anyone!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss is so loveble.


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

    I was waiting at a red light and laughing my head off out load while other drivers were giving me the look ! Priceless


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Wichita, Ks, United States 02-20-12
    Ryan Wichita, Ks, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love It"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Very Good Story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fen. Don't know why. I just really enjoyed his charater.


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

    Just the Hunger Games trilogy. Loved the way she told the story. Wonderful voice.


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

    Both. the Story was powerful and sad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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