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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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    David 03-17-12
    David 03-17-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Slight slump between the first and third books"

    This was a good sequel with the same strengths and flaws as book one. Like The Hunger Games, the plot is rather predictable, but nonetheless I found it a gripping story, even when I could see what was coming a mile away.

    The main flaw in this book was that the plot was a bit recycled (it is essentially Hunger Games II) and the overall series arc, a revolt against the Capital, makes virtually no forward progress.

    The ending is one of the worst cliff-hangers ever, though: while I knew that of course not everything would be wrapped up in this book, for all practical purposes Catching Fire is just Part One, with the third book in the trilogy being Part Two. If you liked the first book, you'll want to read this one, but plan to read Mockingjay immediately afterwards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12
    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tim

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    "I dunno."
    Any additional comments?

    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

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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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

    I dont know if I'll ever hear any audiobook as fully amazing as the Darth Bane trilogy. Ever. Really. OMG.

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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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