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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (917,493 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Collins Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hunger Games Trilogy Release Date:
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The year is sometime in the future, after an inevitable war that tore the former United States to shreds. The country is destitute. Twelve districts vie for attention from the capital, run by the cruel President Snow, in the annual Hunger Games: televised competitions in which two children from each district are pitted in a fight to the death for supremacy.

After becoming the first pair of tributes to ever win the games, Peeta and Katniss find their way home to District 12, the poorest of all the districts...but there is trouble afoot. Not all is what it seems. This year is a special offering, one in which the contestants will be chosen from past victors... and Katniss and Peeta find themselves facing the games again. Will they win? Will they lose? Will they see their families again? The games start to heat up, and the questions pile up into one final ultimatum: Have Katniss and Peeta's efforts been for naught, or will they emerge from the Hunger Games alive and sporting honors?

Suzanne Collins is an acclaimed young-adult book author who first made her debut as a writer for shows such as "Clarissa Explains it All" and "Little Bear". She also authored the series "The Underland Chronicles". In 2008, her trilogy "The Hunger Games" was released by Scholastic to rave reviews.

Catching Fire, the second entry in the wildly popular Hunger Games series, is an immensely suspenseful story which lends itself extremely well to the audiobook format. With more than 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, it's sure to thrill both young adult and the young-at-heart alike.

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 a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families. 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—and it wants revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”


  • “Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance, and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?).”


  • “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

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2009
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2009
  • An Amazon Top 10 Book of 2009
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2009
  • A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award: Young Adult Best Book of the Year
  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jackson Barnett | 2/16/2014

    " Progressively decreasing in quality from the Hunger Games. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kayla Rodriguez | 2/16/2014

    " I thought the book could have been much longer, I wanted to learn more about all the districts! I thought it was great, just missed some detail that would have been an enjoyable addition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maris Digiovanni | 2/13/2014

    " Most sequels are not as good as the original. However, I found this book to be just as good, if not better than the Hunger Games. It was a really creative twist the author took to send the two main characters back into the games, along with previous winners from before. This really tests their relationship and their strength they have to make it through. It has a lot of morals for kids and shows how teamwork is, in a lot of cases, the best way to go. The team rebells against the capitol and begins a war for their freedom. Just like in the first book I love that Katniss is the main character. It is one of the only series of books that I have read where there is a strong, powerful female character. She is not only mentally strong but physically as well and is willing to take risks to stand up for what she believes in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Norma Acker | 2/11/2014

    " I remember when I read this eries...It was so amazing. The author had me turning pages. I literaly just looked at the "Hunger Games" and took a chance to it. People said the book looked terrible, they judged the book by its cover. I then read the other two books within three days...that is how good they were. Really well written. People who haven't read it yet must have it on a "Must Read" list!!! "

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