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Catching Fire Audiobook Review

A review of the Catching Fire audiobook by Suzanne Collins
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Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

Written by: Suzanne Collins

Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick

Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins

Series: Hunger Games, Book 2

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 09-01-09

Publisher: Scholastic Audio

The Catching Fire audiobook is the second book from the young adult series, The Hunger Games, and the story begins right where it left us biting our nails in the first book.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with her 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. It would all be too good to be true of course as it turns out there are rumors of rebellion among the government’s subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

After getting over my reservations about the first book, it fees likel I enjoyed the Catching Fire audiobook a little more over The Hunger Games. That was surprising because I couldn’t think of how the action sequences and the parts of the narrative involving Katniss within the actual Hunger Games could be done any better. That said, Catching Fire starts of a little more slowly (at least I thought so) as Katniss and Peeta continue to attempt to keep up the charade which started during the Hunger Games. Well… maybe it is only Katniss who has to keep anything up.

A central portion of Catching Fire revolves around Katniss’ feelings for Gale and also what she’s doing to him with keeping up the act with Peeta, for whom she has mixed feelings. Plus, how can she continue the farce while hanging out with Gale, especially in that small district where everyone knows what everyone else is up to. She’ll have to make a decision because the real world doesn’t wait for you to be a confused teenage girl as there’s a nation-wide rebellion. Still, considering the situation, she’s doing pretty well as confused teenage girls go.

I have to say, I’m with team Gale for this one because at the end of the day a line has to be drawn. Peeta rescued Katniss and so on, but Gale has always been there for her and one could sat he saved her life in his own way.

There were also some nice plot twists in this audiobook that I really want to talk about but don’t want to get people angry with spoilers. I guess it will be enough to say that, the Capitol always achieves its goals and the Hunger Games are just as awesome, brutal and scary and why not even better this time around. A little teaser for you. 🙂

Should You Read the Catching Fire Audiobook?

Catching Fire improves upon the 1st book and builds on what we already know about the world from the previous installment. This has been an entertaining story that kept me listening intently, on the edge of my seat, so to speak from the beginning to the end. Nothing mind-blowing or anything but still quite enjoyable and a worthy addition to the trilogy.

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