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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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    Michael 04-15-12
    Michael 04-15-12
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    "Not as good as the first"

    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.

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    Kitz 04-13-12
    Kitz 04-13-12
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    "Surprising and Entertaining"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly Ranked....I listen to a lots of books.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    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.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is terrific! Her voice is thoughtful which makes you feel as if you are inside the head of Katniss.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy 04-13-12
    Mindy 04-13-12
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me on the edge of my seat!


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection to the tone of the characters.


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

    Will the fire of the games ever end?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret R. Yoder 04-11-12

    rescue dog transporter

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    "The best of the series!"

    The Hunger Games sets up the story, this IS the story, and the last one is the anti-climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 04-11-12
    Kyle 04-11-12

    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.

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    "Compelling story but poorly executed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    samantha Midwest City, ok, United States 04-11-12
    samantha Midwest City, ok, United States 04-11-12
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    "I love this book!"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Yes!! I would listen to the entire trilogy.


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

    When Katniss was sent to the Quater Quails...


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Again it has to be Effie... I love how she gets into her readings..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everybody was so focused on Katniss.. I loved that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 04-09-12
    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 04-09-12

    I like messing about in boats.

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    "A fire that fizzles"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I'm just too old for this teen novel. It's very predictable and the narrator is appalling!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next time I'll go for a more adult novel.


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

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


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    N.L. 04-09-12
    N.L. 04-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Had to read immediately after Hunger Games"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    Book 2 of the Hunger Games was just as great.. Had to get Mockingjay!


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

    No


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

    Left me wanting more..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kannan Bangalore, India 04-08-12
    kannan Bangalore, India 04-08-12
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    "Amazing,just amazing"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Great story,very interested and narrated with good narrators.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    the first one,equally good!


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes the narrator was great.


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

    cry


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    kathryn London, United Kingdom 04-06-12
    kathryn London, United Kingdom 04-06-12

    Kate

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    "Strong story - slightly weak performance"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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 Mills
    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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