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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)
I loved "The Hunger Games" and couldn't wait for "Catching Fire". Fortunately, it had just been released when I finished the first book. Picking up very close to the end of "The Hunger Games", Collins continues the story of Katniss et al with some minor and major shocking moments. Although I thought the first half went a little too quickly and glossed over periods of time with just a few paragraphs, the second half delivers.
As I listened to hour after hour, I knew this story would end on a cliffhanger. There's just too much unresolved. "Catching Fire" reveals a bigger story and I can't wait to see how it ends!
My adult book club tries to read YA books in addition to adult books. We chose HUNGER GAMES. When I finished it, I immediately sought out CATCHING FIRE. While I wasn't disappointed, I was more surprised at some of the plot points. The ending whets my appetite for the third book, due in August. Do yourself a favor and read this outstanding series.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Another awesome addition to the Hunger Games Trilogy. I will always like book one best, but this book also packs quite a punch. Lots of action, intrigue, romance, friendship and loyalty is involved in the story. As the trilogy moves along there is more Panem political intrigue and what the Capital and the President expects from Katniss. In this book Katniss tries to stay under the radar, but the injustice of the Capital keeps her on her toes and then the 75th Hunger Games begin and causes all kinds of trouble. And like with all young adult series out nowadays there is a love triangle. Who do you vote for Peeta or Gale? I personally was always on the fence until the third book. I liked the new character additions to the story. Narrator does a good job.
There is not best way to review it without comparing to the first book. First book started with the selection of youth to participate in hunger games which is shocking, and grabs on to reader’s attention. Second book however starts with the president having interest in Katniss. This topic takes up a good chunk of time in book sometimes being redundant.
Also, Katniss’ character does not seem to be as self assured confident young lady as we have come to know her in first book.
Story moves on to how her act of defiance for her love actually sparked a rebellion. President, in effort to crush the rebellion, tries to crush the symbols of rebellions which are represented by previous winners of hunger games.
So eventually, there are another set of hunger game involving all previous winners. There is a good time spent discussing clothing / make up / tv commercials .. etc. The games themselves do not seem to hold the same sense of life ending seriousness as the first book. In fact, there is a time when participants seem to be having a picnic during the game.
One of the weaknesses of the book is that it is mostly told from Katniss’ perspective. In first book it worked out ok, but stage is bit bigger in this book and book does not provide enough perspective from other characters that are taking significant actions. Therefore, at times, a lot of event that already took place just come to reader's attention when Katniss character learns of them. It is ok, but it seems a bit hand wavy strategy in author’s part.
Narration is acceptable at best. This book would have been great in Kate Reading’s voice that Carolyn depiction of Katniss does not seem to convey the range of emotions that author trying to convey. Worse yet, other characters’ portrayal sometimes seem cartoonish.
This is a 3 star book as a whole.
Narrator can be VERY annoying, but I ended up loving her. She's really melodramatic. But it's ok, the story is great. In case you missed all the hype.
This book was awful with a self centered whiny main character not helped by the lackluster narration.
I will not listen to the third book. I could hardly wait for this one to end.
The Hunger games from book 1 cannot be recreated without the story getting boring. Unfortuately this is not the end. I see there is a third book, which I have to read for the story to reach a conclusion.
Hopefully it was just me, but I find Carolyn McCormick's voice annoying because of the constant changes in voice and dialect. Especially the voice of Haymitch is tiresome to listen to. Please just read!
Lets see.... quite believable characters.
I am hoping the story will come together after reading the third book.
Definitely from Suzanne Collins but I will not listen to a book narrated by Carolyn McCormick.
The narrator was barely two dimensional and I ended up hating Katniss. She sounded whiny and petulant. I felt better about her character once I went to the movie which I think is terrible! Sorry Carolyn, but you missed the mark on your reading of this book.
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A page turner
Peeta. He is strong willed, intelligent, and has tremendous integrity.
The narrator sounds like a middle aged woman, not a young, insecure, scared teenager. She does not get the inflections of a young girl's voice at all; at least not a modern girl. I was very distracted by her. I read the first of this trilogy on paperback, then listened to Catching Fire on audio, and had to go back to hard-cover book for Mockingjay, because I just couldn't get into the story with that narrator.
All of it.
Great stories, need new narrator who actually sounds like Katniss would!
Give the characters the opportunity to grow up--and the story with it.
I feel compelled to put this review out here to spare you the indignity of having suffer through this book. That is of course, unless you're suffering from insomnia, extreme boredom, or are trapped on a desert island with only this book to read. And maybe, MAYBE, if I was under all three conditions simultaneous, I might actually finish this book. Maybe.
Unlike the Harry Potter novels where the storyline grows up as the characters grow up, this series actually gets dumber, more juvenile and more predictable the longer it goes on. So if you feel compelled to read this book because 1) the first book was somewhat interesting, 2) the rest of the world is reading this book, 3) you suffer simultaneous from the three aforementioned conditions, then I will save you the credit: DON'T DO IT.
Move along, nothing to hear here.
"Couldn't stop listening"
This sequel to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is just as exciting, I could hardly stop listening to it, the story is told well. I was able to relate little parts of me to most of the characters and I think that that is what makes a good book, when you can empathise with the characters and really get involved.
"Great book, great narrator"
I loved this book and Carolyn McCormick is a fantastic narrator. She captures Katniss and the rest of the characters perfectly. There are some moments in this book that really do send shivers down your spine.
"As good as Book 1"
I found this book as hard to put down as the first book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who listened to The Hunger Games. There is a twist in the story fairly early on so you will undertand what the story will be about in general terms. I would certainly suggest listening to this before the film comes out so that you will have a better understanding of the background as it would be difficult to do justice to the story in two hours.
"Best entertainment ever"
Im new in this country and listening this audiobook help me a lot.
It's very easy to understand and also fun.
Every month I listening a book. Thanks yo audible
"A book of two halves"
Loved the first half, lots of twists and turns, but the second half just falls flat and the quality of the storytelling is nowhere near as good in the second part of Catching Fire... First half was great though!
"May the odds be ever in your favour!"
I absolutely adored the books & wanted to read them again and again, but unfortunately having to work full time makes that rather difficult. If I'm honest I don't understand why I love these books so much, I'm normally a sensitive squirmish soul, so the premis of 24 children having to fight each other to the death really shouldn't appeal to me do much but...it did. Collins is engaging, perhaps not original, but Katniss, Peeta and Gale are part of an eerily familiar world which makes you long for their survival, and hand on every word of their story. Thoroughly enjoyed & thoroughly reccomended.
Literally the most perfect book ever. Perfect story, character progression, paced well, perfection. AMAZING. Plot twists and the ending were unexpected and perfect.
"Good development of characters."
I really liked the characters from the first book, and this developed the relationships further...I wont tell you which so not to ruin it for you.
It also gave more on the different districts and I got a bigger picture of their world, and felt more part of their world. I liked the new characters that were introduced and new relationships forming.
It's always good to take back power, and they did it.
"Another Excellent Offering"
I so enjoyed the first book (heard as an audiobook) that I moved straight on to the second of the trilogy. I was intrigued to see what the author could do to keep us interested but the twists and turns of the story kept me coming back for more at every listening opportunity. I was just as impressed with this episode as with the first and I'll be interested to see how they turn this book into a film. Again, the narration was good and I would thoroughly recommend this.
I downloaded this book a few days back and i love it. I have watched the movie of the hunger games and i really think that Carolyn McCormick imitates the atmosphere of the actual film itself and the attitude of the main character Katniss Everdeen. I think its great as you can listen to the books anywhere and anytime. I am also very happy the Audible actually offer a free trial and you can choose any book you want with your free credit. I highly recommend that you listen to the book as a carry on from the amazing hunger games trilogy and enjoy.
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