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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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    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..


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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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    Scott oconomowoc, WI, United States 04-05-12
    Scott oconomowoc, WI, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Frustrating"

    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.

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    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 04-05-12
    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 04-05-12

    These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.

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    "Addictive Series"
    What did you love best about Catching Fire?

    First part just makes you thirsty for the second part.


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

    Hunger Games. Part of the series I'm addicted to.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    Does this remind of of Three Dog Nights' song

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    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-04-12
    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Sequel"

    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...

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    Val IRONTON, OH, United States 04-04-12
    Val IRONTON, OH, United States 04-04-12
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 04-02-12
    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.

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    "Must read!"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, romantic, triumphant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    I've not heard this reader before. She does a fine job.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    christa kenosha, WI, United States 04-01-12
    christa kenosha, WI, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "a must have"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    OMG


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    she made me fell like i was there


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

    yes but i didn't because it is 11+ hours but if I could of I would of


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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