Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins
Read by Carolyn McCormick

The Hunger Games Trilogy: Book 2

11.62 Hours 09/01/2009 unabridged
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Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.FORMAT: 9 CDs, UnabridgedNARRATOR: Carolyn McCormickAgainst all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A #1 USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Winner of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award: Young Adult Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A People Magazine Best Book of 2009

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2009

A 2010 Locus Award Nominee

A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction

A Booklist Editors’ Choice

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009

Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2009

An Amazon Top 10 Book of 2009

Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.

FORMAT: 9 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: Carolyn McCormick

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
“Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book.” New York Times
“Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power.” Time
“Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance, and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?).” People
“Stellar, imaginative writing.” Los Angeles Times
“Doesn’t disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect. Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect: Katniss’ stylist, Cinna, proves he’s about more than fashion; Haymitch becomes more dimensional. But the star remains Katniss, whose bravery, honesty, and wry cynicism carry the narrative…Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine…By book’s end (and it’s a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale?” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This sequel has 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)
“Again, Collins’ crystalline, unadorned prose provides an open window to perfect pacing and electrifying world-building, but what’s even more remarkable is that aside from being tremendously action-packed SF thrillers, these books are also brimming with potent themes of morality, obedience, sacrifice, redemption, love, law, and, above all, survival. Honestly, this book only needs to be good enough to satisfy its legions of fans. Fortunately, it’s great. And if you were dying to find out what happens after the last book, get ready for pure torture awaiting the next.” Booklist (starred review)
“Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary, and the large cast of fully realized characters, there’s action, intrigue, romance, and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing. Collins weaves in enough background for this novel to stand alone, but it will be a far richer experience for those who have read the first installment and come to love Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the rest of the desperate residents of this dystopia. A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Collins ratchets up the tension in the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. With a host of well-drawn new secondary characters and more lives on the line, this will keep readers of all ages up long past their bedtimes.” RT Book Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Kathryn 9/13/2017
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Fantastic- better than the first!

This is a great book with a very good narrator. I liked her voice and she did a pretty good job with the inflections for other characters.
by Tony 9/13/2017
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Good second part

A great part 2 of an excellent series of books
by Holly 9/13/2017
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A good second entry in the series

Though not as good as the first in the series, this second book in the trilogy has enough action to keep the pages flying. I liked Katniss even less in this book, but if you ignore her annoying lack of personality and all her weird inner emotional drama (if it can be called “emotional,” since I’m not entirely convinced she has emotions), then this is a great book. I still wish they had picked a different narrator, but I do recommend this book. I certainly give Ms. Collins kudos for her imagination and storytelling abilities.

Author

Author Bio: Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins first made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers. Her debut for slightly older readers, The Hunger Games, immediately became a New York Times bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called “addictive” by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly and “amazing” by Stephenie Meyer on her website and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. It is now a major motion picture as well. The other two books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, also enjoyed enormous success. In April 2010, Collins was named to the Time 100 list of “the world’s most influential people.” Collins has also had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for cowriting the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby! She lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.62
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English