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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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    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The amazing series continues, just as good"

    This book was a far take from the lighter fare of many "sci-fi" books. The characters are deep with a lot of development that seems to come easy to the author. The story is at times disturbing, but in an appropriate way, not just for the sake of gore or violence. It all has purpose and makes the book all come together. The whole series was like that, deep and appropriate. It is not a light, fluffy book, so take it on as such, but it is very good.

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    Darlene SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 01-20-12
    Darlene SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it..."
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting...heartbreaking...satisfying.


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

    Mags walking into the fog.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She performs all characters well and delivers a believable story.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband...who has little interest in books...has been tuning out sports radio and walking around the house with his headset on so he can listen to more of the story (I suspect he may be drivng around aimlessly as well). Need I say more?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-19-12
    elizabeth laurel, ms, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT STORY - PERFORMANCE A LITTLE LAME"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The first book, as usual, was the best, but this, the second book, was true to the first, in that it is full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns. A must read. I could not stop listening!


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

    Petaa soothing the the dying morphine addict by talking about colors.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She played up the young girl a little too much. She came out sounding rather lame and dumb, which the character was not. Katness is a very strong character and could have been handled better.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Topeka, Ks, United States 01-19-12
    Dorothy Topeka, Ks, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A teenagers book?"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The main people are very beleivable, and keep you wanting the good guys to win. The only reason I can see to call it a teenagers book is because it is without bad language or sex sceans. It is full of action and unsavory individuals. I think it is as good as the Harry Potter
    Books.


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

    The uncertiotony of first love as it unfoldes,is something we can relate too, even thought
    it seldom has that much pressure. It took Katniss a while to realize it wasn't just for show when Peeta first said he loved her.


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

    This is my first . I have listened to other readers who have used more voices to make the people seem more individual.


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

    I laughted and cryed both at the moments of great joy like when they realized they were not going to dye. I cryed when some of the contenders were dying and laughted when others
    made stupid moves that lead to their deaths such as the time Katness shot the nest from the tree.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the 3 books , what else has Suzanne Collins written?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth HERNANDO, MS, United States 12-26-11
    Elizabeth HERNANDO, MS, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "oustanding!!"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, engaging and energetic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The developement of characters was terrific. The descriptions of the surroundings gave me a very distinct and detailed visual image which further allowed me to immerse myself in the story. I felt like I was right there with Katness throughout her journey.


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

    I've listened to the other two books in this series. She does a fantastic job with the female voices. The male voices all sound alike and not quite authentic. But then you can't expect a female reader to excel in both genders.


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

    If I had the time, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 12-15-11
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVED THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES OF BOOKS!"

    My hubby and I drive in the car almost every week-end for a 5 hour ride each way and we really love to listen to books on the drive! The Hunger Game series has made us not want to quit reading (listening) and when we arrive at our destination we sometimes sit in the car to listen a little longer! Also if we hop in the car to run to the store we will turn the book on because we can't wait for just a little more!
    Katniss is a great heroine and you'll love her character and she endears herself to you! She isn't always the smartest but with Peeta and/or Gale by her side she picks things up!
    Keep in mind that the Hunger Games is a futuristic book with teens being forced to kill one another. This is a little gory but if the world was taken over and there was one winner who could subject their will upon the world, something like this could happen ( well likely not the exact thing but where the winners will is forced upon us) This has happened in communistic countries and is just a different spin on things! See how the kids fight back!
    Loved the series and could not put it down!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 12-12-11
    Elaine 12-12-11

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "depressingly thought provoking"

    I can't keep my mind from the wars in the middle east and against OWS. I am not a science fiction fan but somehow found my way into this series through Audible. It seems likely this is a common thread in sci fi stories but since it is new to me it's different for me. It's always hard to rise against the powerful even when the powerful are so clearly evil. So many people have been trampled and starved by their governments yet we can only see the evil of it in fiction.

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    Asdihar 12-11-11
    Asdihar 12-11-11
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    "Good read, but not GREAT"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I feel like the story came up short. I didn't think it was going to go the way that it did. I wish it didn't. I am glad I finished it so I can read the third. The ending was good. It gave me something to look forward to. But most of the story was BLAH. Nothing too suspenseful. It wasn't like the first book. But i think it will make a better movie. Hopefully the third will be better. But if you read the first you should read the whole series.


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    Steve 12-07-11
    Steve 12-07-11
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    "Better than the First"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Very good sequel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end of the story makes an excellent start for the third book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Another excellent performance as usual. McCormick's ability to change her tone for each character makes the story captivating.


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

    This book makes me thirst for more of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Covina, CA, United States 12-05-11
    Jennifer Covina, CA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth a listen, typical "sequel issues""
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    You might as well listen to the whole series, and the first and third books are worth the slight sag in the middle that's in the second. As a stand-alone, it would still be pretty decent.


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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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