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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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    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?


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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 2016
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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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