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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.
©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.
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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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By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-14-12

Almost as good as the first

I assume you have read book 1, the Hunger Games, if not you need to start there.

I liked this almost as well as the first book. SC has a good imagination and surprised me more then once. I did get quite irritated with the main characters' constant whiny attitude. I realize that a lot of teenagers are overly dramatic and whiny, but you would think as much as this girl has accomplished she would be more gung-ho. I would also think that as much killing she has done and bloodshed she has seen that she would be more mature for her age. I did think this book was more YA then the first.

If you like this book then I suggest that you listened to Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy". It is real life stories about people in North Korea, which strongly mirror the fictional world in Hunger Games. You may like it even more since, these are real stories.

I enjoyed this book and will be listening to the third book.

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By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Dissent Rules

Katniss and Peeta return triumphantly to District 12. After 6 months, they embark on a tour around the other districts as dissent and tensions rise. An outraged President Snow concocts a special treat for the 75th Hunger Games.

This book is slow to start with the "couple" touring on the train and adjusting to living in their victors' houses in a separate village while the townspeople continue to exist in squalor. The love triangle grows more complicated with Gale now back in the picture. Mid-way through, the story gains speed with an interesting twist and never stops. Couldn't download the third quickly enough.

My only complaint is how old the narrator sounds. I grew accustomed to it in the first book and it doesn't detract too much from the fantastic story.

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By Renee on 04-09-12

Fantastic series

I'm really enjoying these audio-books. They are wonderfully read, and very well written. I think Suzanne Collins did a great job with the characters, especially Katniss. And just when I think I know how the story is going to go, she goes in a completely different direction.

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By Aleksandra on 03-30-12

Really addictive!

First of all, let me just say that I love the narrator Carolyn McCormick. She's doing a great job and I love her voice, tone and rhythm for the Hunger games series! This first part of the second book was not as action packed as the first Hunger Games, but it was not in the least uninteresting. I wanted to keep listening until it was done! I am also very excited about the second part of the recording which promises all the action to come. I think this book was really enjoyable - would recommend it.

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By Lachlan Peterson on 08-20-16


A fantastic and complex story matched with a brilliant performance. Packed with action and subterfuge, complex xharacters and motivation, and set in a facinating and foreign world that sometimes hits uncomfortably close to home.

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By Elizabeth on 06-26-16

A must read.

Excellent. I can't wait to read the third book. compelling, surprising, romance, an emotional ride.

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