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)
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!
As squeals go this one is not a disappointment. We don't have the ever so popular flashback sequence that is, so common in squeals. Over all not wanting to drop any 'Spoilers' I will say the story line flows continuously and the author doesn't miss any opportunities to keep the story moving or leaving any holes in the story. However, you know what to expect in this book from the first one. I'm already in the third book rather than finishing up with the Dune series I started last year. This books are short and easy to follow compared to the Dune series with all the detailed relationships.
I love hot the narrator changes her voice for all of the characters!
I would compare this book to the first hunger games book same thing just with a major twist!!!!
My favorite scene was when Peeta proposed and president snow nods his head and Katniss is all like screw it I'm partying
The odds cant always be in your favor
The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.
A wonderful reader and a wonderful story line come together for a wonderful experience.
Suzanne Collins has an amazing talent with first person writing. Typically I do not enjoy first person writing, however, Collins pulls it off wonderfully. She manages to create an endearing believable character who does not come across as arrogant or unreal. I consistently sympathized with Katniss and she inspired me.
The other characters are memorable as well, with depth and real development.
Collins also approaches the concept of the 'love triangle' in a way that did not irritate me. It's the story of a young girl torn between her familiar world and budding feelings. It's realistic, even relatable.
Finally, I'd like to point out that the political voice in the novels stays consistent and Collins delivers a powerful message with her series.
Definitely one of my favorite series.
I'm an adult reading, in this case, books for kids. I read the first book because of all the hype about the upcoming movie, and I really enjoyed it, giving it five stars. I begrudgingly gave this sequel two stars. I regret spending my credits on the second and third books.
This book was devoid of the suspense and excitement that, in the first book, wouldn't let me put it down. I was disappointed that instead of progressing to a revolution the author did a watered down rehash of the first book by putting them in another game, a game, which when compared to the first, was boring. She had them fight against the Arena not against each other. She might as well have put them in an inclosure and turned the lions loose on them.
Neither Katniss or Peeta were particularly heroic in this book. Most of the time we were listening to Katniss whine and appear stupid, while Peeta was pretty well out of it from the first after being injured.
I found so many other things wrong with this story: President Snow couldn't have been as stupid as he was portrayed in this book. Putting all the victors back into a game, putting Katniss and Peeta back into a game, given their apparent popularity in the Sections and in the Capitol was sure to foment a revolution not quell one.
Given the world created by the author, the story needs to make sense, and this one didn't. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and while the author built a reasonable post-apocalyptic world in the first book, given the world she created, what happened next didn't make sense to me.
Maybe, I'm too critical. It is Audible for Kids, after all, but the story, kids killing kids, is hardly a story for little kids, and possibly I'm giving the kids in the age range of the kids that should be reading these books too much credit. The "Twilight" book were popular, and I thought they sucked, so you know where I'm coming from. Keep that in mind when you read this review. If you liked them, this author probably can't do any wrong as far as you are concerned.
I saw the movie, which was true to the book. I liked it. I hope the second and third movies AREN'T true to the books.
Yes love how the first person narration makes you feel part of the story,
The heroine Catness. she had incredible courage.
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