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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've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
After the Hunger Games which was a one of a kind work, both sequels Catching Fire and MockingJay are interesting reads but fall short of the thrilling, imaginative caliber of Hunger Games. They would be more enjoyable if one did not compare them to Hunger Games.
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.
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.
I will try not to give anything away and simply say that I'm not as enthralled with this one. I cannot believe in the story, in the decisions of the characters, in the logical progression - I expected more sooner, or if not more, than an explanation of why the characters would choose the way that they did, especially the main character and the rest of the tributes.
I read the first book in this series and couldn't put it down. I decided to listen to the second one so I could get back to having a life instead of reading non stop. I had a very hard time getting past the narrator. She's a good reader. She would be fine reading a different book but she does not fit this character at all. I don't understand why in the world they selected her for this series. It's incredibly distracting and takes a great deal away from the story. I would give this book four stars if the narrator was different.
Well, she did it. The author made the 2nd as good as the first.
It is quite an emotional ride, the characters are even more engaging than they were in the first book.
There are some developments to the story that you expect after reading the first, but there are also some great surprises.
Being that it is told in first person, it was very important to keep the same narrator and I am glad they did.
- AND you should be warned.
If you are in it for this one than you are *definitely* in it for the next!
(I hate waiting for the next in a good sequel, Ms Collins, please hurry...)
I enjoyed reading this series, so did my 14 year old daughter, so thought we would get the audio books to listen to. Sadly, the narrator just doesn't do it justice. She sounds like a robot, and sounds FAR too old to believably convey the characters of Katnis & co - she makes Katnis sound like a 40 something stepford wife!
I still recommend the recording for those who can't/won't read the books. My daughter enjoyed listening but would laugh out loud now and then at the dreadful narration. Listen to the sample - if you can handle it, go for it!
If you liked the first book, "The Hunger Games," you will like the sequel. It keeps up the gut-wrenching tension despite its predictability, just like the first book. Although most of the new characters introduced are not as engaging as those we met in book one, you will grow to like some of the returning characters even more.
Katniss continues to be a bit slow to figure out things that will be immediately obvious to the reader, and the ending is easy to see coming. However, it's hardly an ending at all; the last sentence may as well have been "To be continued..."
I still think Carolyn McCormick's narration is a bit too chipper at times, and Katniss in particular sounds entirely too breathlessly girlish when she's fighting for her life.
"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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