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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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  • Patrick
  • LITTLETON, CO, United States
  • 05-19-12

Good narration, Good setting, Terrible characters

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

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

Yes

Which scene was your favorite?

None

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching Fire?

The whole book was a wreck.

Any additional comments?

Catness Everdeen is one of the weakest, self centered, idiot heroines that I have ever read. How this book series ever got the ratings that it did just proves how low people's standards are getting. It was a grave disappointment from beginning to end.

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You go girl!

What did you love best about Catching Fire?

It was as good as the first and i loved the first book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peeta because of his unreal love for his woman, and his purity of heart.

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

She brings it to life.

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

too many to mention.

Any additional comments?

Love this series.

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You won't be able to put it down!

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

I did not read the print version but I like that the reader has unique voices for each character to keep track of all of them.

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

There is a twist in the plot mid way through where you just can't imagine how she is going to get herself out of that one.

What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

Yes, she does the voices of the different characters very well.

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

Yes, I couldn't shake my mind from just always thinking about Katniss as if she were a real person. I felt emotionally distraught as if this were a real city! I just couldn't get enough of Katniss and Peter's romance either. I have a crush on the character Peter, he is just wonderful and the movie didn't quite portray him as good as the book does. Matter of fact I have been trying to search for different books to read that are like this one just so I can stop thinking about it! lol

Any additional comments?

I watched the movie first then listened to the audio book and I thought that was fantastic. I just wanted more details about Hunger Games after watching the movie so I only planned on listening to book 1 but that was so enticing that I had to listen to book 2.

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Good Stuff

Hard to turn this book off ;0) All three of the Hunger Games are very good books.This one is better than the first one.

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  • Colvin
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 05-15-12

Lacking something that the original had

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

An interesting follow up that definitly lacks something that the first book had. The trilogy is getting even darker and more violent.

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

NA

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

No

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  • Lori
  • TREMONT, IL, United States
  • 05-13-12

Just as good as the first book, if not better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book and I have! It is as good as the first book, in fact - I liked it better.

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  • Michelle
  • Harrisonburg, VA, United States
  • 05-11-12

Better than The Hunger Games

Any additional comments?

It takes a little time to get into the story, but the second half and ending are riveting! Loved it!

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She Whines More than Harry Potter

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

But I have to tell you that would be a good book genre mashup. On the whole I got what I expected a reasonably entertaining story with plot holes and strange turns. Logan's Run or even Soylent Green - now there is scifi!

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The perfect sequel!!

This book was amazing. It captures every emotion. It is one that I will read/listen to again and again.

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  • salt
  • phila, pa
  • 05-10-12

Drew me in

1.) The story was good. 2.)The reader's performance was excellent. 3.) For a person who loves and needs long stories to listen to while performing menial task, This series was just what the doctor ordered!!!