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©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)
After listening to the first Hunger Games book I told myself I wasn't going to read the second one. Not because the first wasn't a wonderful book, but because I didn't know if I could take another round with the world that Suzanne Collins created. But after a couple of days I couldn't say no.
Collins has created a completely believable world, horrific, tragic, bleak and miserable, but completely believable. Sometimes you can see what's coming even though you don't want to. Other times Collins pulls out the unexpected, and they're not cute bunnies coming out of hats. Each new twist either makes me want to cry, or enrages me. You can't read these books without feeling for the characters and hoping, against hope, that all will be well.
The sudden ends of the first two books (I surely hope not the third and final) leave you hanging. Like life unfortunately, as you and the characters hope for the best but don't have a lot of hope for it. The best we can hope for is the survival of the heroes, such as they are.
So now that I've finished this one I didn't even both to wait for the next. It's loaded and ready to go.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
Make sure you read these books in the correct order because you need to have read Book 1 to understand what's going on in Book 2. Time went by so fast while I listened to this book - a great story and really good narration.
Went outside my genre & read Dont Let Me Go and now i need to hire a crane to pull me up out of that book's world. I did NOT wan to leave!!
I actually have no idea what to say. I think the book has rendered me speechless. All I can say is that I enjoyed this series so much, number two, Catching Fire especially, that I have stopped reading 2/3 of the way into the 3rd & final book probably because deep down, I don't think I can bear to part from the characters & their world. I just cant stand facing the fact that there are not going to be more. I wish, wish, WISH that the author would add several more to this series. I dont even know that its going to be possible once the book ends, but my goodness. I can tell you that I've never felt this way about a book. Cant say its my favorite book of all times or anything like that, but I can say I've never been so emotionally invested in a story for Gods sake! Much less one thats geared to readers who are probaly my son's age (he's just under 16).
I loved loved loved this series. After listening to The Hunger Games I went right into Catching Fire. I really hoped it would be as good as the first and I was not disappointed. This book was a little slower at the beginning but still interesting and when it got going it was fantastic. The first book had me eager to read the next but the ending of Catching Fire had me immediately starting Mockingjay. I would have gone crazy if the third book had not already been out. I love the narrator and the story line. This book also dives deeper into the Peeta or Gail story line. Everything about this series is great. As with the first book I would recommend Catching Fire to any adult and leave it up to the parents of children since these books are very violent.
This book wasn't bad but could have been so much better. I don't want to give things away by using examples, but lets just say there is a lot of repetition and a ton of missed opportunities. Action could have been used to develop the characters but instead just filled up space.
I'll continue on to the 3rd book as I did enjoy the work but hope the 3rd book lives up to the first.
I finished "Catching Fire" last week, knowing that "Mockingjay" was already out. I thought it used some of the same situations from "Hunger Games" and since I also loved that one, I really enjoyed this one, too. I'm not crazy about the relationship between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, and someone has got to lose out somewhere, so I can't really imagine a happy or uplifting ending. But, I would recommend this book, and even with the low reviews I'll probably get the "Mockinjay", too.
Suzanne Collins simply cannot write. Download this book only if you want to cringe through a sophomoric tale filled with simpleton characters, no subplots, no red herrings and no intelligence.
I liked this one even better than Hunger Games. The continuation of the story, as the characters figure out who the real enemy is, was great. The end was not exactly what I had hoped for, but was so good that I was appeased. At the end of the book, I logged on immediately to get book three only to discover that it is not yet released. I am hoping that Audible picks it up as soon as it is out - Aug 24, 2010. I cannot wait to finish the story!
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"A thoroughly gripping book"
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.
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.
No, I have not.
The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)
Nope, I'm good.
"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.
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.
"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
"Predictable - but still very entertaining"
As equally enjoyable as the first
Story – 3.5/5
Once again I found this story very entertaining, and I couldn’t switch it off. The only reason for not giving a very high score is down to a few issues that didn’t detract from my own enjoyment, but may do for others.
Catching Fire has followed on very nicely from the first book. It flows smoothly from the end of the first novel and the plot is equally, if not even more, intriguing than the first book.
I found the story to be incredibly predictable throughout. I am not sure if the small hints to how the book was going to end were supposed to be as obvious as I found them, but the ending didn’t have quite the impact that it could have had for me.
Once again, it is the little details that make this trilogy enjoyable. The known characters are developed further quite nicely with a few more intriguing characters entering into the mix. Whenever little snippets of history were told about these characters history, I was always left wanting more.
As with the first book, I didn’t find the love elements of the story very convincing, and there is more of it in this book if it bugged you in the first. I personally still didn’t find it putting me off.
Performance – 4/5
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent voice actor and narrator. If you enjoyed her in the first, you will enjoy her in this. All characters had distinctly recognisable voices, and she was able to portray the emotions of them very well throughout.
There were still the same issues of younger characters seeming too whiney at times by over elongating and over emphasising some words, but again, this may be a fault of the writing, and not the narrator.
Overall – 3.5/5
"Not the best"
I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.
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.
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.
Yes it was worth the listening time.
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.
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