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©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.
"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)
Had to read the second and third books to find out what happened in the overall trajectory of the series, but ultimately I found the second and third books disappointing, a little boring at times, only held together by the occasional plot twist, and finally I was glad to be finished.
Highly Ranked....I listen to a lots of books.
Obviously the Hunger Games and Mockingjay. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next as I did in the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series.
She is terrific! Her voice is thoughtful which makes you feel as if you are inside the head of Katniss.
Sure, I laughed and cried at times. Even though the book is fiction, there is something stinging about the story that makes you feel like this could be a reality.
Kept me on the edge of my seat!
Inflection to the tone of the characters.
Will the fire of the games ever end?
I enjoy lots of Sci-fi and Fantasy novels as well as Economics Non-fiction. My favorite novel is Orson Scott Card's Enders Game.
After listening to this book and the Hunger Games before it, I can tell you that Suzanne Collins is not a gifted author. She relies far too heavily on narrator explanations for everything and feels that it's necessary to point out every single detail, leaving nothing for the reader to discover on his/her own.
Maybe young adult readers need this much explicit exposition (I personally don't think they do), but my wife and I both found it annoying. We started joking about when Katniss was going to realize things we had figured out hours earlier; sometimes bashing our heads against the wall while listening to Carolyn McCormick's almost breathless realizations.
Having said that, the premise for the story is very interesting and is what drew me in to try the first book. I still want to know how this story is going to end, and will be listening to the last book in the future, but I'll think twice before giving another Suzanne Collins book a try.
Yes!! I would listen to the entire trilogy.
When Katniss was sent to the Quater Quails...
Again it has to be Effie... I love how she gets into her readings..
Everybody was so focused on Katniss.. I loved that.
I like messing about in boats.
I think I'm just too old for this teen novel. It's very predictable and the narrator is appalling!
Next time I'll go for a more adult novel.
Carolyn McCormick sounds like she is reading to a room of toddlers for whom English is a second language. Her characterizations are dreadful and she makes everyone sound stilted, stupid and surly.
Book 2 of the Hunger Games was just as great.. Had to get Mockingjay!
Left me wanting more..
Great story,very interested and narrated with good narrators.
the first one,equally good!
Yes the narrator was great.
McCormick's reading of the story is mostly competent. Her voice is pleasant to listen to, not monotonous, and she gives the different characters their own voices. There are a few odd readings of lines - one or two mispronunciations of words or misunderstandings of how a sentence is meant to be read.
For example, there's a line that runs something like 'by the way Peeta says this I know blah blah....' (as ''from the manner in which Peeta say this, I know...').
McCormak reads it as if there's a comma there: 'by the way, Peeta says this, I know...' (as in, 'incidentially, Peeta says this, I know...') rendering the sentence nonsensical.
There's few examples of careless slips like this, things which should have been picked up on in the recording.
But overall a good read.
I listened to this is just a couple of sittings while I got on with work. Though the first third drags rather, I was engaged enough throughout to keep me listening fairly attentively.
In some ways 'Catching Fire' is an improvement on 'The Hunger Games': secondary characters are more fleshed out, and the world is explored satisfactorily. It doesn't have the narrative momentum of the first book though and it is only really in returning to the same territory as The Hunger Games that collins seems on firmer ground.
Frustratingly, though the first half of the book largely consists of Katniss exploring her feelings and presenting in more depth to us the environment of District 12, many of the most interesting questions of character and world, on which the story rests, are never really addressed.
Collins hasn't got much feel for character, or world building, or narrative drive - but somehow, surprisingly, the books manage to surpass these shortcomings to remain intriguing, enjoyable and memorable - even quite powerful.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"Not the best"
I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.
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.
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.
Yes it was worth the listening time.
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.
"A thoroughly gripping book"
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.
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.
No, I have not.
The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)
Nope, I'm good.
"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
"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.
"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.
loved the story line, absolutely captivating.
Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!
the girl on fire strikes back
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