Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.
©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)
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.
This was a good book, but frustrating since I suspected most of what would happen 15 minutes or more ahead of time and the waiting for it actually to occur was infuriating. In the end, however, it is the execution that matters and the book was well written in that respect. If you enjoyed the first book, you should definitely listen to this one.
These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.
First part just makes you thirsty for the second part.
Hunger Games. Part of the series I'm addicted to.
I was listening while typing at work and what a rememberence when I gasped out loud when Katniss and Peeta were watching Haymitch's old game and had to walk and hold his intenstines in at the same time. How can anyone forget?
Does this remind of of Three Dog Nights' song
I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. As a sequel, I thought it was pretty much as great as the first, and I think the reader, Carolyn McCormick, again did a great job. Well done. I'm looking forward to the final book, especially since I've read reviews that both loved it and didn't like it...
I loved the entire series, and even better the narrator was amazing, the only problem is this was the first book I purchased on Audible and now I keep trying to find not only a story that is as wonderful and detailed as this one, but also one that has an amazing narrator, worth buying and you will want to listen to it over an over!
Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.
Exciting, romantic, triumphant.
It's hard not to love Peeta. He reminds me of my husband. He's so loving and honest, says what he feels and doesn't make excuses.
I've not heard this reader before. She does a fine job.
I wanted to know what would happen in the next book. As an author myself, I know how hard it is to keep pace and interest through a series. I was interested from a writer's point of view what she would do with the last book in this trilogy. You will have to read it to find out because I won't tell.
Definitely worth the time. Easier to listen to this series than to read as a book. I read the last one and now wish I had listened to it instead. Because of the first person point of view throughout the series, the stream of consciousness style is a bit hard to read, but as an audio book, it works well.
she made me fell like i was there
yes but i didn't because it is 11+ hours but if I could of I would of
Honostly I feel silly listening to a book if I can read it (I buy these things for road trips and any commute in the car). However with this book in particular I find myself listening to it outside of my car. I could not stop listening. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! It was the times I caught myself infront of my computer listening instead of doing my work that I felt silly and really wished I had the book. Nonetheless the audio version of this book is very addictive.
katnip of course
made my heart beat a little faster
great job by Carolyn McCormick. Even better job by the author.
I personally believe the narrator can make or break an audiobook. This book proves my point. I purchased "Catching Fire" from Audible after reading a Kindle version of "The Hunger Games", and I wound up deleting my audio recording and purchasing "Catching Fire" on Kindle because I couldn't stand the narration. Carolyn McCormick may be an excellent narrator and her style may work perfectly in other readings. However, her voice just doesn't fit my impression of a 17-year-old girl. Ms. McCormick sounds too adult and I couldn't get past that inconsistency while I listened. I note that other young adult novels (the "Twilight" series, for example) use narrators that at least sound the age of the characters, even if they're not the same age. A better narrator would have made a good sequel in a fascinating trilogy great.
If you've read the first one, you will most likely read this one and, as I am doing right now, download the third one as soon as this one finishes. Amazing continuation of The Hunger Games. I loved the first one so much, I was afraid this one would disappoint. Not only did it hold up to the greatness of the first, it was even better.
The one thing that irritated me was in the beginning, Collins felt the need to re-state things we had learned in the first book as if for a reader who may not have read The Hunger Games or it had been so long they might need some reminding. A small grievance though as I listened to this one in less than 3 days. It would have been less if I hadn't had to work!
Another non-stop, action packed novel that will keep you riveted. Again, it was written for a less mature audience but I didn't miss the stuff that would have been added if it were written for my own age group. I can do without the sex, swearing and detailed gore.
Katniss has lost some of her naivet?? but not enough to make her unlikable. We get a little more character development in Catching Fire than Hunger Games but it's still mostly an action novel especially once it gets going.
I have to go now since Mocking Jay has finished downloading and I must go listen!
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.
"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.
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.
"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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