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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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    Becky M. Wetzel Pageland, SC United States 10-09-12
    Becky M. Wetzel Pageland, SC United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hunger Games Virgin"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    I had never read or seen the movie so I really didn't know what to expect. I was captivated by the content and the "Survivor"/Sci-fi/Big government combination.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    None that I know of...


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I loved her "Petea" for "Peter" :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That fact that I could tune out the unpleasant parts from my inner visuals versus in the theater.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 10-08-12
    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The best of the three"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Collins before, how does this one compare?

    My favorite if the three. Must listen in order to follow the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Of the three this was my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Monticello, AR, United States 10-08-12
    Tiffany Monticello, AR, United States 10-08-12
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    "It was a great book!"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the storyline.


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

    The ending


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I think she read a little slowly


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 10-08-12
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 10-08-12
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    "Well done"
    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Can compare it with Hunger Games as these are the books of same kind.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant as well as throughout the first book (The Hunger Games).


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

    No extreme reaction but the plot is gripping.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Queensbury, NY, United States 10-08-12
    Jenny Queensbury, NY, United States 10-08-12
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    "Great story, very interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Long story good to listen to over a few weeks


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter, how he was always there for catness


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

    No it took about a week and a half to finish


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 10-08-12
    Amy 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely a must have book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    I would not say that it is better. However, I would say for a busy person with long commutes, it is wonderful to have audio books to take along!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Peta. He is so genuine. Wouldn't any girl love to be loved like he loves Catness?


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She is very good at doing different voices for the different characters


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

    it was a book that I never wanted to have to "put down" it kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arrielle Pittsburgh, Pa 10-08-12
    Arrielle Pittsburgh, Pa 10-08-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the book, hate the narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book before, and loved it. I bought the audiobook because I wanted to be able to listen to the story again while I did my housework, made dinner, in the car etc. I love the story. Suzanne Collins really did an amazing job with this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How can I pick just one thing? Ummmmm I think I like best how the author does such and amazing job of really getting inside the disconnect people feel after a tragedy. I think Katniss and Finnick are two really strong characters in this story.


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

    I'll be buying Mockingjay, and then probably not. All the characters sound like whiny children when she tries to affect a voice. Especially Katniss, which drives me a little crazy. I'm not sure what it is specifically about her voice that irritates me listening to Hunger Games and Catching Fire aside from her lack of ability to create a voice for a character. Probably the way she pronounces words. Not the worst narrator I've heard, she does ok, but definitely can't compare to the narrators I've enjoyed in my other purchases, Emma Galvin, Kimberly Alexis, or Khristine Hvam, who might be the best of them all so far with the different voices she does.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of moments in this book that moved me. I couldn't pick just one. Read the series, you won't regret it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond G. Reiff Detroit, MI USA 10-07-12
    Raymond G. Reiff Detroit, MI USA 10-07-12

    Ray

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    "This book makes me mad and laugh out loud."
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First book I have listened to by Audio. I usually listen to Talk Radio


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

    When Katniss finds the man who taught Rue the whistle of the birds and then the government kills him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yn Janse Van Vuuren South Africa 10-07-12
    Yn Janse Van Vuuren South Africa 10-07-12 Member Since 2015

    Yoli

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    "Amazing book"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    The Story


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

    When Kat and Peta had to go back to the hunger games


    Did Carolyn McCormick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Girl on Fire


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't too overly keen on the way the lady read the book, she sounded more like a computer... But other than that - The story line is Awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Strathmore, AB, Canada 10-05-12
    Candace Strathmore, AB, Canada 10-05-12
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    "Excellent listen!"
    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Obviously, Hunger Games as it is the prequel


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

    A fantastic understanding of the story, changing of voices and very engaging manner.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Renee
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    4/9/12
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    "Fantastic series"

    I'm really enjoying these audio-books. They are wonderfully read, and very well written. I think Suzanne Collins did a great job with the characters, especially Katniss. And just when I think I know how the story is going to go, she goes in a completely different direction.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aleksandra
    London, United Kingdom
    3/30/12
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    "Really addictive!"

    First of all, let me just say that I love the narrator Carolyn McCormick. She's doing a great job and I love her voice, tone and rhythm for the Hunger games series! This first part of the second book was not as action packed as the first Hunger Games, but it was not in the least uninteresting. I wanted to keep listening until it was done! I am also very excited about the second part of the recording which promises all the action to come. I think this book was really enjoyable - would recommend it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    9/2/13
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    "Not as good as the first book"

    The first book is so gripping that I can't imagine not reading this second installment, but, although decent, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the first book. Katniss lacks the cleverness that got her through the first games and the plot contains too much same old same old to make it special.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    8/25/12
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    "Catching Fire"

    This was as good as the Hunger Games,but i never exspected the ending like it was cannot wait to listen to the final book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    chessington, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "Not the best"
    Would you try another book written by Suzanne Collins or narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.


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

    It was a little too recap heavy for me. It was also repetitive and this lost some of my interest. It seemed like a bridge to the final book. I also lost some of my support for Katniss she seems to be very self absorbed in this book.


    Did Carolyn McCormick do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I was not fond of the Katniss' voice, it sounded a little weak and whiny, which I'm sure was not the intention for the heroine of the story.


    Was Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 worth the listening time?

    Yes it was worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    I afraid I'm not going to listen to the third book in the trilogy but I'm sure it will tie up lots of lose ends. I just fear it will be another chance to revisit the old plot and stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    Stavanger, Norway
    12/1/13
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    "A thoroughly gripping book"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 again? Why?

    I would surely listen to Catching Fire again. the story is fast-paced, the characters are well developed, the language is beautiful and the symbolism in the story is impossible not to get inspired by.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mere thought of drawing a parallell between the symbolism in this book and the rampant development of entertainment in the modern world is gripping.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


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

    The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, I'm good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Mills
    7/21/12
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    "Bit of bridge to the fantastic 3rd book"

    As I've found with most trilogies the 2nd book tends to be a bit of a bridge betwen the excitement of the first book and the climax and thrill of the 3rd book. This one is a bit of a scene/background setter ready for the 3rd book, but is still unput-downable and is completely believable for a future American world

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    7/19/12
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    "A gripping listen"

    So, I already own the paperback and have recently purchased The Hunger Games on audiobook, so the next step would be to acquire this one, the second in the trilogy. A great Narrator makes this a much more enjoyable listen than some I've come across. We have listened to it a few times now and think it will become a great addition to our audio library.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    4/26/12
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    "It gets interesting..."

    This books needs no introduction. You can't not read it if you've read the Hunger Games. My comment is specific to the audible version: Carolyn McCormick does a fine job with the reading. Her voice adapts well to all the different characters so it's always pretty clear who's talking. The slightly husky tone to her voice adds an edge to the prose, and definitely makes you feel that you're listening to more than a kids' book. A pleasure to listen to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • charlie
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Absolute cracker"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    loved the story line, absolutely captivating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!


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

    Hamich


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the girl on fire strikes back


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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