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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 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.
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.
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.
"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.
compelling, rebellion, suspenseful, enjoyable.
Nearly anyone. I don't think she's necessarily a bad narrator, but in this case she didn't have any sense of the characters she was playing.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and I have previously read the book, the narration by Carolyn McCormick made this listen almost unbearable. She has turned Katniss, a character with profound personal strength, who had to provide for her family at the young age of 13 or 14, into a whiny, simpering basket case of a girl you want to give a good firm slap. Instead of introspective pondering about the significance of events unfolding before her, this Katniss seems hopelessly lost in self doubt, self pity, and self loathing. I was taken aback at how the narration could so change a character. I don't think Carolyn McCormick really has any grasp on the characters she was reading, because I feel like she read an entirely different book than I did.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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