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Catching Fire Audiobook

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.

©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-29-10
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-29-10 Listener Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "So so good"

    I loved Hunger Games; I urge everyone I know to read it, gave it to someone for Christmas, and turned my boyfriend onto it, so of course I couldn't wait for the second book and I wasn't let down. This book will be a bit slower going in the beginning because the last one focused mostly on the game itself and quickly became a frenzied page-turner. But now that Katniss is a champion we see more of her day-today life while getting an idea of what's going on with the government and the people who suffer it. But this doesnt mean I was ever bored, it's just differently paced. The best part about this "downtime" is that you learn more about the characters. I especially enjoyed hearing about Haymitch, so much so that I think he's my favorite character now. Be patient though-without giving away any spoilers I'll just say the second half really gets exciting, and the ending will blow your mind. I didn't see it coming, and I am literally counting the days until the next book comes out.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 03-04-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 03-04-10
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    "Fantastic sequel to the first..."

    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.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-11-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-11-10 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "Capitvating"

    (Warning: Review contains slight spoilers for The Hunger Games.) The second in a triology, Collins continues the story of Katniss and Peeta. The first dual victors of the Capitol's Hunger Games, the plot picks up with them living in the victor's village. Katniss struggles with her relationship concerns between Gale and Peeta and finds herself bored without the constant struggle to survive. However, the Capitol is not pleased with her and it doesn't take long for action to begin as tension rises in District 12, most of which is centered on or around Katniss. Like the first book, conflict rises gradually, and steadily increases throughout the book until the end. And, as in most "middle books" of any triology, it does its job in continuing the story to prepare the reader for the last book. I found the book to be equally well written and just as captivating as The Hunger Games. I read it straight through in two days. If there is any real criticism of this book, it is in the critical thinking skills of Katniss. Chronologically she is a year older, yet these skills as they pertain to relationships do not improve as one would expect. And this encroaches slightly on her ability to determine any revenge the Capitol will take on her and what role she may be playing for any rebellions afoot. In this regard, the reader would like to slap some sense into her. But it doesn't minimize the well written tale, again respectfully read by McCormick. The description of violence is somewhat more graphic than The Hunger Games, but still handled in a way that young adults should be able to manage. I recommend this book as highly as The Hunger Games and even suggest that if you haven't read either them, buy them both together. The cliffhanger at the end of Catching Fire will make you impatient for August 2010, the scheduled release date for the third book, title as yet unknown.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    pashopper 09-02-09
    pashopper 09-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "what a ride"

    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...)

    36 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    David Davis, CA, United States 04-20-10
    David Davis, CA, United States 04-20-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Maintains the tension, but ends in a cliffhanger"

    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.

    27 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-04-11
    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story but a narrator that does not fit"

    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.

    37 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 07-12-15
    Charlie 07-12-15 Member Since 2017

    No spoiler reviews which reflect my unflinchingly honest opinion.

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    "Less Interesting than Book I"

    Where Book 1 was relatively novel in its presentation, Catching Fire is much more mundane. It was slow to start and eventually reached a relatively predictable conclusion. The conflicts presented were heavy handed, the shapes cut from construction paper with safety scissors.

    I realize I sound like I hated the listen- that isn't the case. For what it is, it's really very entertaining. I like to see trilogies to their ending if I can and understand that with very rare exceptions the bridge between beginning and ending of a series can be tenuous at best.

    Once more, worth a listen if for no other reason than the books are far better than the movies and their cultural impact cannot be ignored.

    29 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Jackson United States 06-10-12
    Jeff Jackson United States 06-10-12

    I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.

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    "Hunger Games, Only Different & Not Quite As Good"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    Yes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Only two things detracted from this story. They were not major, but they were more than minor. First was the overplaying of Katniss' confusion over whether or not she is in love with Peeta and how she deals with it. I now officially feel as if I have been beaten sensless by this whole part of the story arc. It needs to be there, but it needed to be done in a less heavy handed fashion. It was almost too over the top. Secondly, the story is overly predictable. As soon as elements are introduced you know how they are likely to play out. As soon as you learn about the wire (for example), well, you knew where that was going to lead to. And come on, you know how the President is going to try to push Katniss and Peeta before that moment comes. I think Collins did as good a job as possible working around those problems.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Her performance of Katniss is still superb.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, I think the biggest problem this book had was trying to live up to the first one (which it didn't do in my oppinion) It's still good, but it suffers from how good I thought the first one was. Catching Fire is a quality story at about 3.5 stars, but aubile doesn't let you give half stars.

    The trillogy really starts to insist upon itself towards the end of the second book. The saving grace for me is that based on the set up for the third book, which I plan to read some time soon, that the trilogy is going to rectify that problem.

    I recommend this book IF you liked the frist one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Seattle, WA, USA 09-07-09
    Patrick Seattle, WA, USA 09-07-09
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    "Almost"

    There's no doubt that she made a good go at writing a sequel that stands up to the first. Personally, I think it pales in comparison to the first, BUT it does make me think that there is the potential for a very good third book.

    Both my sweetheart and I were happy that it didn't get hopelessly bogged down in the Gale/Peeta drama. Simply avoiding that pitfall is a mark of success as far as I'm concerned.

    I think the plot was a bit choppy, but I also think the flaws are easily forgiven. Certainly, neither of us were bored. For the sequel to a young adult novel that could have completely degenerated into a teen love triangle, the author deserves credit for keeping her focus.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette 09-17-12
    Paulette 09-17-12 Member Since 2010

    I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.

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    "Interesting"

    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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Matteo
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    12/14/13
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    "Second book in the series, was hooked into story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. As part two of the three book series it was a must to listen to as I was yearning to find out what happened to the characters I had come to know and like so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Evolution in the characters and the twist in the story at the end of the audiobook.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    As good as in the first audiobook in the series, easy to listen to and clear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I had the time to listen to one audiobook in one sitting. If I had had the time I would have definitely listened to this audiobook in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Great second book in the series and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    CHELTENHAM, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Wonderful story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I imagine it would be better, simply because the narrator just didn't have the right kind of voice to play Katnis is my opinion. She sounded much too old and worldly and lacked the innocence that you imagine teenage Katnis would have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Haymitch really comes in to his own in this book and I really enjoyed the way his character is becoming more likeable as the story progresses.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the narrator very difficult to get along with at first, but once I got into the second book this started to bother me less, though there were still occassions where I found the dialogue difficult, because it isn't always clear who she's voicing and the emotion is often lacking.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely! I cried so much during this story, it's a hugely emotional tale, from the start of the trilogy right through to the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/21/17
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    "Amazing story, vocabulary and characters."

    I liked the vocabulary, I found it gripping and 'intoxicating' if you will.
    My mother and my book-worm friends is who I would recommend it to, and basically anyone who will listen! This rating I chose just expresses how much I love this series. I absolutely LOVED IT!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Leicester, UK
    5/21/17
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    "easy listening"

    easy listening and flows well. much better than the film and builds a much better picture

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma holt
    5/11/17
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    "Just gets better"

    I love this book, I've read it several times and just discovered it on audible. Love this book so much and it is read very well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Brenton
    4/3/17
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    "Much better as a book"

    I am enjoying this series. Although the films are good, I feel that because so much of this relies on emotions mixed with everyone hiding their emotions, the book explains so much more. Makes for a very interesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N Michelle
    3/11/17
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    "Great story not as good as the first book"

    The second installment was good a lot more character building etc. but not as good as the first one so 4 out of 5 stars.

    Katniss' lack of self-awareness sometimes can get maddening since the story is in the first person.

    Would have loved to know more about the planning of the rebellion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David R
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    3/3/17
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    "Well read story"

    In this second installment of the Hunger Games story we follow Katnis and Peter as they once again are thrust into the Hunger Games which being the 3rd quarter quell is to be special in some way. This quell will be held with former victors of the games.

    Katnis and Peter must once again battle for their lives, this time against experienced killers who all know each other. However they find that they have a number of allies in the games this time which turns out to be the saving grace for them all.

    The arena this year is set out as a clock, with a new threat presenting itself in a different segment each hour. Eventually with the help of Beetee, Joanne and Finnick, Katnis manages to destroy the arena and is picked up by a hovercraft from the 'non existant' district 13, which actually still does exist after all.

    Katnis then faces a hard truth... President Snow ordered her home of district 12 to be fire bombed when he saw that she destroyed the arena. Luckily though, Gale was able to lead some of the people from 12 into the woods and to district 13 so she still has her mother and sister.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ed
    2/12/17
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    "The Hunger Games"

    Much better than the movies. couldn't stop listening!
    Carolyn McCormick does a great job of drawing the listener in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MARSHA DELVE
    1/24/17
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    "Another amazing instalment."

    Brilliant
    I have read and listened and watched this several times and still enjoy it every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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