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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)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Katniss and Peeta return triumphantly to District 12. After 6 months, they embark on a tour around the other districts as dissent and tensions rise. An outraged President Snow concocts a special treat for the 75th Hunger Games.
This book is slow to start with the "couple" touring on the train and adjusting to living in their victors' houses in a separate village while the townspeople continue to exist in squalor. The love triangle grows more complicated with Gale now back in the picture. Mid-way through, the story gains speed with an interesting twist and never stops. Couldn't download the third quickly enough.
My only complaint is how old the narrator sounds. I grew accustomed to it in the first book and it doesn't detract too much from the fantastic story.
I loved this book and I will talk about content, but first I must give praise to the audio itself. I often read the books before I listen to them, so I don't expect to be so spellbound by the audio. However, with this book, the narrator (Carolyn McCormick) is great and helps to engage me even more than when I read it myself. I had listened to the first book "The Hunger Games" before reading the second, it had the same narrator, and I could hear here voice in my head as I read. I made a point of listening to both back to back and it was pure pleasure. In "Catching Fire", I found myself laughing and crying with the book. The narrator is consistent and spot on with her inflections and voicing.
Now for content, I had been anticipating this second book in the trilogy since the moment I finished the first. It continues just a short time after the first and covers all that has happened in between and then continues on with the story Suzanne Collins so expertly weaved. The book is perfectly title as it descibes exactly how the temperment of the Districts has developed. I don't want to spoil it for people with too much. The love triangle between the Katniss, Peeta and Gale is further fleshed out, but, of course, is not resolved. The author does a wonderful job of this, and I, myself, can't even decide who is the one to choose, I can't take sides.
I don't know how helpful this review will be, but I cannot praise this book enough. It left me more than eager for the final book and I am sure that I will need to read it again in the mean time.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
One thing I must say between books 1 and books 2 of the Hunger Games books is how seamless they seem to flow into each other. As most would agree, the first Hunger Games was excellently put together so a continuation was very much welcomed.
The narrator grew on me, she did a very good job voicing the different characters that are introduced (which were quite a few). She did very well to show the tortured nature of the characters in this book.
Catching Fire introduces a lot of very interesting new characters I must say. The tyranny of the Capital and of Snow becomes even more evident in the title. The story progresses very quickly I find and certain aspects of the book seems a bit rushed if you ask me, however much was not lost in this title and it was very much enjoyed.
Loving books :) Quick and honest reviews.
Yes this is a great read with a talented narrator. Great read.
She did great with the story, making everything easy to see and imagine.
Yes, I just want to listen to all 3 books in one setting but that would be impossible.
What fantastic books these are? I am truly a slave to these books until I finish the last one! I HAVE to read it now. Strong story with unexpected turn of events must finish the third book in one setting. Highly suggest reading these.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This book is intense and picks up right where Hunger Games left us. You would think Katniss & Peeta would now be living the victors life BUT then the rebellion starts. Katniss becomes the symbol of defiance and President Snow won't have it ......and so it goes...
I really like this series and there was no way I would not read all three books but in no way is this book equal to the first, with The Hunger Games (book one) being near perfect it's makes it a hard act to follow. Catching Fire isn't as good as The Hunger Games but it's still a great read/listen.
I have read Catching Fire (and of course all the others) and after listening to The Help was really excited to hear Catching Fire. But from the outset it was just all wrong. The reader sounds like she is forty rather than a Katniss. It is grating. I listened for awhile but am not going to be able to finish it - I was really surprised that with content like this they didn't choose someone younger and more in touch with the content. I'm sure Carolyn would be great with other content - but not this.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I read the first book out of curiosity. I read this sequel (against my better judgment) because I enjoyed the film, which I thought was much more engaging and adult than the book. It is interesting that the plot of both book and film was much the same, but the visual presentation lifted the script from the book's basic level to something like a Star Wars franchise. I guess the promoters hope it is that successful!
The movie also made me realise that I was wrong about the narrator in my review of the Hunger Games. I defer to those readers who picked the performance as lacking something that I did not. Now, having listened to her a second time, it is clear to me, too. In fact, my 12 year old daughter (listening to the reading as we traveled to her school one morning) described it as "Reception Reading". I regret to say it has some of that Dick and Dora quality to it. Maybe it would be more engaging with another narrator.
As for the plot, it continued in its very predictable way. The penultimate Chapter was so predictable that I could barely listen to it, even though it is a mere 30 minutes long.
Unless I enjoy the next film, I will not be reading the third book.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I assume you have read book 1, the Hunger Games, if not you need to start there.
I liked this almost as well as the first book. SC has a good imagination and surprised me more then once. I did get quite irritated with the main characters' constant whiny attitude. I realize that a lot of teenagers are overly dramatic and whiny, but you would think as much as this girl has accomplished she would be more gung-ho. I would also think that as much killing she has done and bloodshed she has seen that she would be more mature for her age. I did think this book was more YA then the first.
If you like this book then I suggest that you listened to Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy". It is real life stories about people in North Korea, which strongly mirror the fictional world in Hunger Games. You may like it even more since, these are real stories.
I enjoyed this book and will be listening to the third book.
I can't really add much to the reviews of the story that have been previously written here. It is suspenseful, interesting, and made two days of a road trip much more interesting. I look forward to the third book, except I won't be listening to it from Audible. The narration here, by Carolyn McCormick, was simply dreadful. Katniss is alternately a world-weary 50-year-old, and a whiny 10-year-old - and not as a point of character fluctuation but of wildly shifting narration. At points in the story where Katniss might be serious, she is simpering; sarcasm comes across as self-doubt. It's amazing what a voice can or cannot do for a character. Other characters also did not fare well; McCormick seemed to have not read the "stage directions," so a solemn remark sometimes came out as a shout. By the end, I was gritting my teeth in frustration and sometimes outright laughing at the terrible, erratic vocalization.
The story is quite interesting, though, and I will look for it in another form elsewhere.
First and foremost, if you have not read/downloaded the Hunger Games first, you will find yourself lost by this book.
Catching Fire is great sequel to the first story, propelling the reader into to all the places where I'd hoped after the first one ended. The stakes are higher and the scope is as well, focusing more on the entire territory of Pannem and less on the District or Arena. That said -- it definitely was the "middle story of a trilogy"... coming to a conclusions which really was just meant to set up the third book. But hey -- it was certainly as addictive as the first one. Last word of warning, and one which may other reviewers seem to miss prior to downloading -- THIS IS A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL! The dialogue is simple and the plot is concrete (there's nothing subtle about it). That's the audience it was written for. Not sure why there are so many people reviewing it as if it weren't intended to be that way.
"Film was pretty close, gritty/ kinda disturbing"
At this point I have not listened to that many to be honest, but so far it ranks at the top of the list.
I liked how it explored the universe that was introduced in the first book, the film which I saw just after finishing the audiobook was only a small taste of what is hopefully to come. (I only just downloaded Mockingjay)
It is really hard to pick just the one, there were plenty of moments prior to the games themselves during the first half which had me fully engaged and enjoying what I was hearing.
"Good second act"
I did enjoy the second book, it was a little like the Empire Strikes Back, a dark heart but an essential element before an unfortunate looking Return of the Jedi third act let down.
"Just doesn't work for me...."
This is clearly popular to many people but I found myself drifting off and not listening at all to the performance.
It is too over-elaborate for me. The basic storyline was good for a long as I listened but it really didn't grip me.
Sure, the narrator was fine, it was more the content that I was disappointed with.
Didn't really get far enough before I gave up.
"Initial reservations overthrown within minutes!!!!"
I'd seen the film of Hunger Games and heard the books were good but as they are technically kids books (apparently) I wasn't sure I'd like. I was also not sure about the performer as sometimes american accents can spoil a book for me (nothing against Americans but you know how an audio can be made or broken by the reader!). Needn't have worried as a few minutes in I was hooked! I loved how well rounded the characters were across the 3 books - everyone has their flaws. Everything has consequences for all the characters, but not in a preaching and moralistic fashion. I really, really unexpectedly enjoyed all three audios, and was sad when it ended.
Since reading the first book I thought I should continue the series, in short there’s less action as the first however more time is placed into character development which is surprisingly addictive to listen to. I would definitely recommend
"Catch Fire? Certainly."
As you'd expect, this is a fantastic listen and you'll find yourself, as I did, praying for traffic in the mornings just so you can keep listening; but I personally found the first installment in the trilogy better written.
Far from disappointing, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to it's name; it's full of suspense, "rolling stone" like momentum and there really isn't a dull moment so I would definitely recommend the listen if you enjoyed the first book.
The narration by Carolyn McCormick is outstanding and her voice now feels like an old friend; having listened to the first two books in the Hunger Games series back to back.
Ultimately, this title was a credit well spent!
"great follow on"
I only listened to this book. I though read the last book i really enjoyed the print version.
There were many as the story was unpredictable and interesting turns
Initially i did not the narrater, l found the pace too fast and her voice too old for the character. After a while I adapted and enjoyed her style.
I like to make my stories last for the long drives I do, however I found myself listening in several other opportunities
I enjoyed this book its surprises, its twists and turns. Although a young adult book its style is intersting for us older readers
"A Great Sequel"
In Catching Fire Katniss decides that she’d like to start a rebellion, with little thought for how things might turn out. (Immaturity on steroids.) I should think she’ll be forced to learn her lesson by the end of the trilogy – Suzanne Collin’s doesn’t sugar coat her plot lines.
The big surprise for me was that our characters end up back in the arena again. My reaction? “Didn’t I just read this book?” The arena serves a purpose but I had hoped this novel would take a more creative path, and I didn’t get to see nearly as much of the districts or their peoples as I wanted too.
It was interesting to see how Katniss starts to ally herself with Peeta as Gale is left behind in District Twelve. Katniss respect Gale, but during the few moments he gets page space he comes across as angry and political. Peeta’s steady, smart and caring (and learning to tell her ‘no’) in Catching Fire and he sort of won me over.
The cliffhanger ending made reading this book worth it and ensured that I will be picking up the final instalment in the Hunger Games trilogy.
"Amazing Story and the naration was full of energy."
The story itself and the naration. Its like listening to bed time stories all over again.
When President Snow showed up at Katniss' house.
The scene I enjoy the most was when Peeta and Katniss watched the recording of 2nd quarter quell finding out about Haymitch's game. But actually there are lots of scenes that I did enjoy like when Peeta and Katniss were walking at the town centre finding out that Gale were being whiped and Katniss ran to his rescue, the tour to district 11, the anouncement of the 3rd quarter quell and the reaping day and a lot more.
This is a must lietened book. Listening to it is like going back to your childhood hearing stories that take you away to a different world.
"Another brilliant & addictive piece"
I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.
I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.
I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.
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