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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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    Lisa Yankton, SD, United States 10-02-12
    Lisa Yankton, SD, United States 10-02-12
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    "Great Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    I thought they did a good job with the voices.


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

    I listened to all three Hunger Games books on audiobook and really enjoyed listening to them.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I have not seen the movies...but I thought she had the perfect voice for Katniss and Peeta.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adirondackmommi 10-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Best in Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    No, but more convenient for commuting. The narrator does a great job, but for me audio books supplement print rather than replace.


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

    One of my favorite narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    Exceptional series, marketed as a YA book, but I really enjoyed reading it with my kids 22, 20 and 12. Lots of good conversation starters in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Sicklerville NJ, United States 10-01-12
    Renee Sicklerville NJ, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Catching Fire: Hunger Games"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    Not sure, however I do prefer the audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well it was written.


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

    This is my first


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

    It kept you thinking about it, much after you were finished


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 10-01-12
    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 10-01-12
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    "The intensity continues!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    There are so many twists that come out of nowhere and just when you think you might have it figured out, it twists again! Downloading Mockingjay as I type!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angelo Ivanhoe, Australia 10-01-12
    Angelo Ivanhoe, Australia 10-01-12
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    "Good Listen, Looking foward to last book"

    Very enjoyable, but as it is the middle book, it leaves the listener waiting to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary Bechtle Cincinnati, OH USA 09-30-12
    Zachary Bechtle Cincinnati, OH USA 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done and very enjoyable"

    While lacking a bit of the freshness of book one, it is still a worthy companion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Rockton, IL, United States 09-26-12
    Nick Rockton, IL, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Book"
    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Fun, Entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action in the Arena


    Which scene was your favorite?

    2nd


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Slightly repetitive and cheesy love story. Everything else is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard PLYMOUTH, MI, United States 09-25-12
    Richard PLYMOUTH, MI, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It would probably be good .."
    What disappointed you about Catching Fire?

    If I could just finish hearing that dang book. Second part won't load no matter what I do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cjferguson Columbia, MO USA 09-25-12
    cjferguson Columbia, MO USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2013

    I reads the booksies!

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    "Great book...but not as good as Hunger Games."
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Yes...I'd listen to it again. It was a great adventure espeically once the Quarter Quell names were selected. I wouldn't mind going through that again...very exciting and full of drama.


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

    Haymitch Abernathy. I love this character...mainly due to his comic relief.


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

    Yes. Espeically after the quarter quell names were selected!


    Any additional comments?

    As with most trilogys the second book wasn't as good as the first. However, that was a tall order to beging with. Book one was just SO good. The concept of the Hunger Games isn't real original...but, this version of it was written well and timed perfectly! <br/><br/>I really loved the direction and action that happened at the end of book two. A lot of stuff happened in a short amount of time! I'm skeptical of how everything can be wrapped up in just one more book. But, I'll be reading to find out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Auburn, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Diane Auburn, CA, United States 09-25-12
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    "Stimulating."
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    The story was exciting. The book kept the listener interested throughout the entire story. I immediately wanted to listen to the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a favorite character. Each character made choices depending on their relationship, reality, and current environment.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Ms. McCormick kept the listener continually interested by frequent changes in choices depending on perspective of the characters.


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

    I felt disgusted with the control the City and Sector 13 had over it's people. I also was angry that one person made political decisions over the lives of so many people.


    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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