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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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    Autumn AZ, USA 03-09-12
    Autumn AZ, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I dunno."
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    The first half of the book, like the first, is spent setting up the political setting. I swallowed this much more easily this time around, mostly because it has a proper purpose. My problems with this book begin at about the point that you realize that the main story points here are probably driven by the author's opportunity to have another go at describing arena combat.

    Frankly, I find it largely uninteresting to put Peeta and Katniss into the Games a second time, especially when the author went through all of the trouble to make it possible that Haymitch could be a contestant. I think a superior story would have been to put Haymitch into the games with Katniss, which would force the author to really make her characters watertight. Peeta is such a flat character that frankly contributes so little to this story and the previous that you're shocked at how underutilized he is. He's just a big pawn for the author to use to make Katniss do mildly irrational things in a predictable fashion.

    The author used a story device in this book that I also didn't like... It was like she had this cool arena she made up, but didn't have a way to show the audience how cool it was, so she had to make a minor character just magically know how it worked, but then make that character unable to speak coherently, so that everybody has to guess at what this character is trying to say. It was juvenile, I guess. I accept it, because that's the target audience, but it didn't demonstrate storytelling prowess.

    Finally, the author seems to have built this story on Katniss's obliviousness to the *real* story going on behind the scenes. Consequently you don't know anything about it either as the reader, and once the reveal happens, you're left feeling like it the story you were being told was rather pointless and unnecessary. It was interesting, I grant you, but largely unnecessary. And then people are like

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite of the three books"

    I loved this series, especially this book. The characters were so interesting and the political plot really came out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yaelle Glenn Baltimore, Md USA 02-06-11
    Yaelle Glenn Baltimore, Md USA 02-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I Will Remember This Book For The Rest of My Life"

    I actually have no idea what to say. I think the book has rendered me speechless. All I can say is that I enjoyed this series so much, number two, Catching Fire especially, that I have stopped reading 2/3 of the way into the 3rd & final book probably because deep down, I don't think I can bear to part from the characters & their world. I just cant stand facing the fact that there are not going to be more. I wish, wish, WISH that the author would add several more to this series. I dont even know that its going to be possible once the book ends, but my goodness. I can tell you that I've never felt this way about a book. Cant say its my favorite book of all times or anything like that, but I can say I've never been so emotionally invested in a story for Gods sake! Much less one thats geared to readers who are probaly my son's age (he's just under 16).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
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    "wow!"

    I'm in my 30s and was riveted! The writing and character development for the series is so good, I couldn't stop listening. The second book in the series introduces some new characters and complexities with the love triangle, as well as the overarching themes of survival and politics between the districts and the capitol. The author really maintains the suspense and brings us inside Katniss' thought process. There is also a sense of maturity as the story develops.

    The narrator does an excellent job bringing each character to life--so good!

    A must listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent; a little more cerebral than book 1"

    This was more thoughtful than book 1 - not a knock on either book, they were just different. I was afraid it would not be as good as book 1, but actually found it a little better.

    My daughter says book 3 was a little disappointing, so I stopped after book 2 and asked her instead to tell me how it all ends. This is a great trilogy, at least insofar as I can vouch based on the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Very satisfying, quick listen"

    I loved the first book The Hunger Games even though it is geared towards Young Adults. The second doesn't disappoint either, although as it's part of a series anyone reading it as a standalone would be completely lost. Carolyn McCormick is one of the most talented narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to and makes all the characters voices just pop. On the other hand, just made a mistake of downloading Dream Hunter whose narrator ruins the story. A good narrator sucks you in and keeps you transfixed.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 02-13-10
    Rebecca 02-13-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Could not stop listening"

    Ussually I save my audio books for the car, but this one I could not stop listening to. I read the 1st THE HUNGER GAMES on my kindle and when this one was not avaialble on the Kindle I used a credit and got it. I cannot wait until the 3rd book comes out. I did not think I would like these books based on the premise but I was convinced to try them and I loved them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09
    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than I expected"

    After HUNGER GAMES, I needed more. Sometimes the book after such a phenomenal and original story lacks a little of the surprise and excitement. Not so with this book. It lives up to HUNGER GAMES and more. The only bad part, I have to wait another year for the next book!!!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 08-19-11
    Kelly 08-19-11
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    "I think I know where this is going..."

    A good read, but not as captivating as the first in the series. I am intrigued to finish the trilogy and to discover if the story continues on its trajectory. Note - thanks to Carolyn McCormick for dropping that baby voice she used when speaking for Katness in the first book. She's a teenager, not a toddler.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10
    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing book, narrator hurts the experience"

    My wife's been reading these books as they come out and I've been listening to the audiobooks and this one's an amazing sequel, but Carolyn McCormick's narration is starting to really get in the way of my enjoyment of the series. After I mentioned that I was irked with how annoyingly petulant Katniss has become since the first book, I've been informed by several people who read the books that this appears to be a perception I've formed based on the horrendous performance of the narrator.

    Why on earth she insists on using this bizarre pouty-lipped babytalk reading style is completely beyond me, but it's 5x as bad as it was in "The Hunger Games." Words like "squirrel" which occur shockingly often, are like nails on a blackboard. It feels like I'm literally being read to like I'm an infant, all the more inappropriate given the words that are being read to me from this heart-wrenching story.

    This is a five star book that's been dragged down a star by the performance. I'll still probably finish the series on audiobook, but that will be the last book I ever purchase read by Carolyn McCormick.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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  • G. Watkins
    Portsmouth, Uk
    12/2/13
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    "A beautiful Trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very nicely read version of these books. Easy to listen too, with good descriptions and nicely read.


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

    The descriptions of the events within the book.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Nicely emphasized reading. Good character portrail and a voice that doesn't distract, you can melt into the story very easily.


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

    This one was mainly excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this trilogy, i haven't read them just listened on audio book, an amazing way to lose yourself. I know these books are meant for tweens but I am nearly 40 and they still appealed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.D.
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "A sequel that doesn't disappoint"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again, particularly having now seen the film, which is extremely good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is X-Factor meets Lord of The Flies - an intriguing combination!


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    There was nothing about the performance that 'got in the way', and the characterisation was convincing.


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

    Yes - e.g. on a long car journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the 3rd book in the trilogy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    11/27/13
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    "Film was pretty close, gritty/ kinda disturbing"
    Where does Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At this point I have not listened to that many to be honest, but so far it ranks at the top of the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it explored the universe that was introduced in the first book, the film which I saw just after finishing the audiobook was only a small taste of what is hopefully to come. (I only just downloaded Mockingjay)


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It is really hard to pick just the one, there were plenty of moments prior to the games themselves during the first half which had me fully engaged and enjoying what I was hearing.


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

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    11/14/13
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    "Good second act"
    Where does Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I did enjoy the second book, it was a little like the Empire Strikes Back, a dark heart but an essential element before an unfortunate looking Return of the Jedi third act let down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Celbridge, Ireland
    11/11/13
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    "Just doesn't work for me...."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is clearly popular to many people but I found myself drifting off and not listening at all to the performance.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is too over-elaborate for me. The basic storyline was good for a long as I listened but it really didn't grip me.


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

    Sure, the narrator was fine, it was more the content that I was disappointed with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    Didn't really get far enough before I gave up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H
    London, United Kingdom
    10/4/13
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    "Initial reservations overthrown within minutes!!!!"

    I'd seen the film of Hunger Games and heard the books were good but as they are technically kids books (apparently) I wasn't sure I'd like. I was also not sure about the performer as sometimes american accents can spoil a book for me (nothing against Americans but you know how an audio can be made or broken by the reader!). Needn't have worried as a few minutes in I was hooked! I loved how well rounded the characters were across the 3 books - everyone has their flaws. Everything has consequences for all the characters, but not in a preaching and moralistic fashion. I really, really unexpectedly enjoyed all three audios, and was sad when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    8/25/13
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    "8/10"

    Since reading the first book I thought I should continue the series, in short there’s less action as the first however more time is placed into character development which is surprisingly addictive to listen to. I would definitely recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    8/10/13
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    "Catch Fire? Certainly."
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    As you'd expect, this is a fantastic listen and you'll find yourself, as I did, praying for traffic in the mornings just so you can keep listening; but I personally found the first installment in the trilogy better written.

    Far from disappointing, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to it's name; it's full of suspense, "rolling stone" like momentum and there really isn't a dull moment so I would definitely recommend the listen if you enjoyed the first book.


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

    The narration by Carolyn McCormick is outstanding and her voice now feels like an old friend; having listened to the first two books in the Hunger Games series back to back.


    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately, this title was a credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    7/8/13
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    "great follow on"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to this book. I though read the last book i really enjoyed the print version.


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

    There were many as the story was unpredictable and interesting turns


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Initially i did not the narrater, l found the pace too fast and her voice too old for the character. After a while I adapted and enjoyed her style.


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

    I like to make my stories last for the long drives I do, however I found myself listening in several other opportunities


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book its surprises, its twists and turns. Although a young adult book its style is intersting for us older readers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    Cumbria
    7/8/13
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    "A Great Sequel"
    What did you like most about Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2?

    In Catching Fire Katniss decides that she’d like to start a rebellion, with little thought for how things might turn out. (Immaturity on steroids.) I should think she’ll be forced to learn her lesson by the end of the trilogy – Suzanne Collin’s doesn’t sugar coat her plot lines.

    The big surprise for me was that our characters end up back in the arena again. My reaction? “Didn’t I just read this book?” The arena serves a purpose but I had hoped this novel would take a more creative path, and I didn’t get to see nearly as much of the districts or their peoples as I wanted too.

    It was interesting to see how Katniss starts to ally herself with Peeta as Gale is left behind in District Twelve. Katniss respect Gale, but during the few moments he gets page space he comes across as angry and political. Peeta’s steady, smart and caring (and learning to tell her ‘no’) in Catching Fire and he sort of won me over.

    The cliffhanger ending made reading this book worth it and ensured that I will be picking up the final instalment in the Hunger Games trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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