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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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    Donald NGAU TAU KOK, Hong Kong 05-07-12
    Donald NGAU TAU KOK, Hong Kong 05-07-12

    father, husband, gamer, finance manager

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    "more of the same"

    first half of the book starts off slow, didn't pick up the action till part 2 really. but, probably the best plot element, the double explanation of katniss' actions and her intentions with each propo plays out brilliantly in this one.

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    Karen Elgin, IL, United States 05-07-12
    Karen Elgin, IL, United States 05-07-12
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    "Caught me on fire"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    I purchased the audio edition of Catching Fire because I had an opportunity to get it for free vs. purchasing on Amazon for Kindle. This was my first audio book purchase and loved the narration.


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

    The book was building in excitement throughout, but the most exciting part for me was Katniss's realization that she could shoot an arrow through the force field around the game.


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

    I really enjoyed Ms. McCormick's performance of all the characters, but especially liked her portrayal of Haymitch by giving him kind of a drunken sound and maybe some apathy to the situation.


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

    One of the most memorable parts of the story was when the remaining players were taken back to the capital after Katniss shot through the force field and she started waking up and wondering about where she was and where Peeta was.


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    ralambert ASBURY, NJ, United States 05-05-12
    ralambert ASBURY, NJ, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012

    A book worm at heart and a storyteller in spirit

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    "More of the same but still a great listen"

    Basically this second book in the Hunger Games is similar to the first book. Yes, its a new Hunger Games with new tributes and a new arena but from the beginning you basically know what the outcome will be at the end of the book. What we don't know and what makes this book worth listening to is that we don't HOW that ending will come about. Did I enjoy this second book? YES! Will it be a book I re-listen to again and again? Most likely not.
    As for the narration, its another great performance by Carolyn McCormick.
    Overall, if you are hooked on the Hunger Games (like me) then this second book is a must read! But be prepared for it not to be as magical as the first.

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    GMissyZ Williamsburg, VA USA 05-04-12
    GMissyZ Williamsburg, VA USA 05-04-12 Member Since 2017

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    "More than a means to an end"

    This may be the middle book in the series, but the story is not just a bridge to the end. I love the way the characters develop and become so real. The sinister Capital becomes even more so while the victims/victors are working on a plan of their own. Carolyn McCormick performance is lustrous. I will be looking for more books read by her.

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    Matthew 05-04-12
    Matthew 05-04-12

    I want to read, but I don't have time. So I listen to audio books because it's something to do on the road, or when I don't need to focus.

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    "Carolyn McCormick is the worst Narrator Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would recommend they read rather than have to listen to Carolyn McCormick.


    What did you like best about this story?

    More action than the first Hunger Games book, doesn't drag on as much.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Katnis is a badass teenage girl with a bow and arrow. Carolyn McCormick sounds like a quivering whiny old woman, who heavily annunciates every word. Just a match made in heaven


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

    This is a dumb question.


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    Sturgis Wilder, VT, United States 05-01-12
    Sturgis Wilder, VT, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written!!"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Yes. Thought it was very engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Political undertones and a very good understanding of the other.


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

    Have listened to all three of her performances of the Susan Collins series of the "Hunger Games".


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

    Yes, was not able to.....


    Any additional comments?

    So when does book four come out as I did not feel the finish of the series.

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    zach 04-30-12
    zach 04-30-12
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    "Great Narration"

    Great narration easy to listen. It's not going to (or at least it shouldn't) win any awards, but it was worth the $.

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    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 04-30-12
    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 04-30-12
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    "Very annoying voice"

    I did not listen to the first book, I saw the movie with my son and husband who both read the book. I liked it enough to want to listen to the second and third book. I have listened to about 20 audible books and this was one of my two least favorite narrators. Her voice sounds much to old to be the main character who is 17 years old.

    Other than that, the story is great and I was not lost at all by not having read the first book. I am about to buy the third audible book, even though we have the hardback, and we have it on Kindle, but audible lets me do something else at the same time (in my case, quilting). I just won't get anything else with this narrator in the future.

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    Fiona Peneycad 04-29-12
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    "Disappointing"
    Has Catching Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The first book of the series, The Hunger Games, left me wanting to know more. I wasn't overly fond of the story, but I did appreciate the character development and the great imagination of the author. The story was most imaginative and I was hooked on discovering the end of the saga. The second book, Catching Fire, was most disappointing. It came to an abrupt end and the whole story line lacked the involved development of the original book. What a let down from the great success of the first book in the trilogy. It's like someone said "times up, hand in your work now" Both the writing and the editing left much to be desired.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    I felt the reader did a great job.


    Did Catching Fire inspire you to do anything?

    not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many great books out there but this one is not worth reading or listening to. Leave it after the Hunger Games and you will be much happier.

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    Jennifer Birmingham, AL, United States 04-27-12
    Jennifer Birmingham, AL, United States 04-27-12
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    "Better story than storyteller"
    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    No. I would read it again. Just a personal preference, I didn't care for the narrator.


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

    Any readers who enjoyed the first Hunger Games books or any of the Twilight books will enjoy this book. It is a well written story with a combination of action, love, and interesting political statements.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't care of the narrator's interpretation of the story. Her voice was monotone at parts where I wanted to hear emotion and got high pitched when it was full of emotion. Its just a personal preference of mine.


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

    No. Once I got into the second section, It did move faster and I listened in longer segments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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