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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Lynn
  • Columbus, OH
  • 10-19-12

Loved the series!!! Couldn't stop listening!

I hadn't heard of this series until right before the movie came out for "The Hunger Games". I went and saw the movie and just loved it. So then I immediately came home and bought this audio book. This continued on straight from where the movie left off. This isn't my normal reading/listening type of book, but I couldn't stop listening and wanted to see what would happen next. I really believed the characters and was really hoping for them to win. This author really has a great imagination.

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Just as good as the first one

Once again the story takes you in the gloomy future, where Katniss is forced to fight for her life. Her emotions are very well described, something a movie can never do.

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  • charles
  • niagara falls, new york, United States
  • 10-18-12

Gave it 5 stars

If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

I dont want to write anything. Cant I just rate a book and thats the end of it. By the way How can i sum up a book in three works when theres a 15 word minimum.

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a bit of a repeat from 1

this is still a good story and the characters are all good like the first one but there is a hint of a repeat since it involves a 2nd Hunger Game scenario. still good, but #1 was fresh, this is a bit sequel-ish.

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  • Marcelina
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 10-17-12

Overall Great

What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way she changed her voice with each different character was really good, it gave the book more "life"

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  • Jonathan
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 10-13-12

An Engaging Story

In many ways, Catching Fire doesn't live up to the first book--there's a lot more that is going on, with the feel of the story changing over this book to lead into the third book of this trilogy. In the first book, it's generally pretty obvious who can be trusted and who can't (simply, trust no one), while the interplay between the characters and their relationships become more important in this book. There's also a loss of feeling of "everyone against the capitol" that the last book had, as the capitol looks less black-and-white, with the only true evil appearing to be the president himself.

Still, with the change of feel from the first book, this is an enjoyable continuation of the story, and certainly well worth a try for anyone that enjoyed the first in the series, and will likely be preferable for anyone that finds the intrigue and politics more enjoyable that the black-and-white good vs. evil stories. McCormick continues her stellar job of narration, keeping the story flowing and engaging, and helping the audience enjoy the story thoroughly.

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Like being spanked in the ear.

Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

Suzanne Collins, yes. Carolyn McCormick, No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It is such a shame, I know it is a great book, bit the narrator sounds like a eighteen hundreds, middle aged schoolteacher with a whip and a vegeance. Not at all suitable for a science fiction story about a kick ass teenage girl defying the establishment?

What character would you cut from Catching Fire?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

I know the story would have held me captive. It is a tremendous shame. Who on earth made the executive decision to butcher this book, shame on you! Whack!

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Good Series

This is a great book, second in the Hunger Games series. Meant for young adults, but grown-ups can take away far more from this smart series. Collins does a good job of setting up a world where government control is a force to be reckoned with and the rise of rebellion in this second book is developed very well. It's a solid bridge to the last in the series.

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book for kids

What would have made Catching Fire better?

consider the fact that adults might want to listen

Has Catching Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

no

Any additional comments?

can't understand the success of the movie. This just ran on.

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Must read for teenagers and adults.

Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

Depending on a persons reading style. I often spend two to three hours in the car for work. Audio books help pass the time. The audio book of Catching Fire proved to be an outstanding listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

Towards the end of the book Katniss and Peter are separated in order to execute a plan which would electrocute their opponents. In the craziness of the scene, Johanna cuts Katniss's arm deeply, and then runs off into the woods. The reality of the scene compared to events that take place in the immediate future prove to be astonishing.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Mrs McCormick's does an ok job of reading the book.