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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)
My wife's been reading these books as they come out and I've been listening to the audiobooks and this one's an amazing sequel, but Carolyn McCormick's narration is starting to really get in the way of my enjoyment of the series. After I mentioned that I was irked with how annoyingly petulant Katniss has become since the first book, I've been informed by several people who read the books that this appears to be a perception I've formed based on the horrendous performance of the narrator.
Why on earth she insists on using this bizarre pouty-lipped babytalk reading style is completely beyond me, but it's 5x as bad as it was in "The Hunger Games." Words like "squirrel" which occur shockingly often, are like nails on a blackboard. It feels like I'm literally being read to like I'm an infant, all the more inappropriate given the words that are being read to me from this heart-wrenching story.
This is a five star book that's been dragged down a star by the performance. I'll still probably finish the series on audiobook, but that will be the last book I ever purchase read by Carolyn McCormick.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I wouldn't recommend this book because it really wasn't as well written as the first. The Hunger Games introduced a really interesting dystopian world, but that was not fleshed out much in the second book. Katniss is protrayed as a rather naive but heroic girl in the first book, but by the second book she is coming across as self-absorbed and not naive but just plain stupid. Since the author chose 1st person narrative, it seems kind of silly to me that Suzanne Collins keeps trying to bring Katniss to the brink of death and then pull her back. The reader knows that Katniss isn't going to die or the book would end since Katniss is telling the story - duh. I felt like the author was manipulating me rather than pulling me into the story. Very little additional character development for Peta and Gale - both young men are portrayed as rather 1-dimensional and I kept wondering why either of them would be interested in such dumb-bunny as Katniss appears to be. Since much of this second book is focused on the relationships between Katniss, Peta, and Gale and Katniss is a twerp and Peta/Gale are so flat, it makes for a book that is a little boring and kind of silly.
I was totally aggravated with the ending of Catching Fire. I thought Suzanne Collins actually did a great job with The Hunger Games in providing a satisfying conclusion, but still leaving the door open for sequels. Not so with Catching Fire - the ending leaves EVERYTHING up in the air and left me wanting nothing so much as to smack stupid Katniss.
Anyone else! Carolyn McCormick is fine when she is reading exposition, but when she reads the spoken words for characters, she makes some people sound strange - especially Katniss. I found this odd because essentially the whole book is in Katniss'
I'm sure it will be a movie, but the ending is so poor it will be a bad movie.
I may listen to the final installment just to see if Suzanne Collins can pull this thing back together, but I have to say that Catching Fire does not measure up to The Hunger Games. I was disappointed.
It could happen. The story paints one possible future. All the elements are here in our society. Read and enjoy a cool story. You will want to go on to the second book but don’t waste your time. This could have been a 4 or 5 with a better presentation. The story gets a little to mellow dramatic at times and the narrator’s presentation just makes it worse. In the second book it just gets worse and the story is lost.
I'm always amazed how writers can create a story which draws you in and make you care about it's characters. Susanne Collins does just that. I am officially a fan of her work and can't wait for the final installment of the trilogy. The story line is very similar to the first book, but where the first book promised no reform or change for the people of Panem, this book get things moving along and promises bucketloads for the third installment. Looking forward to that.
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.
Book 1 captivated me but this one just cemented my love of the series! There's no point in me getting into it about the plot because what else is there to add to the millions of others!! All I can say is YES, it's that good!! YES, it lives up to the hype, YES, it's so worth the credit. Heck, I have the Hardback, Limited Edition Hardback, Paperback and Audio of this series!! Along with Harry Potter, it's my favourite series ever! Don't stay here reading this!!! Go buy this NOW!!!!
My only complaint is the narrator. I got used to her during book 1 but I still think she makes Katniss too old sounding. Though I did enjoy her narration a little more in this edition in regards the rest of the characters! She does know how to perform, it's just not enough when it comes to Katniss!!
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.
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.
"exciting and emotional"
It took a few chapters but then I was totally hooked. Can't wait to start on the last book.
I really enjoyed this book, it was exciting and thrilling and can't wait for the next book! Couldn't stop listening.
"The middle book"
This is the middle book but far from the middle child of Suzanne Collins trilogy. I enjoyed this the most as it was mostly about the characters. A good read and a respite from the gore of the first and last novels.
"An unexpected and intriguing follow on..."
I found this book very slow after the first book, doesn’t pick up until two thirds in and then I had to go straight in to the final book for to see where the story was going. I am now over half way through the third book and completely engrossed, so persevere!! Carolyn has an easy to listen to voice and perceives the characters well.
After finishing the hunger games and not wanting that to end I could not wait to get started on catching fire. I loved it from start to finish and again not wanting it to end either, I love the narration and the story is amazing, if you have read the Hunger games I'm sure you will agree.
My first audio book and once you get used to listening it was a great way to lose yourself in story. The book itself is part of a trilogy and is a brilliant story. Would recommend.
I couldn't stop listening to it. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I wish I read the first book before watching the 1st movie. I am going to read the third book before i watch all the movies to get a better understanding of the story.
I have been too busy to sit down and read a book, I listened to this audio book while doing housework, cooking and walking to and from uni. The audio book was clear, easy to follow and fun to listen to. Never wanted the book to end.
"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.
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