Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
I live in Beijing. I drive or take the subway several times a week and that is when I listen to Audible books. I do not listen to them at home. If I did, I would go through my Audible library much too quickly and my credit card balance would, all too soon, reflect the damage. I am highly disciplined about this. When I get to the door of my apartment, the book clicks off, and podcasts or music must suffice during housework or down time. I know that this is a slippery slope, so I am far too wise to make exceptions.
I listened to the last four or five hours of this book while baking, taking a bath and, finally, lying on my bed, transfixed. Unacceptable!
It breaks my heart that Stieg Larsson is no longer with us. On the other hand, it is going to make it a lot easier for me to return to a regime of no Audible.com books at home.
Some readers have found the detail in the book overwhelming. For me they were an important part of the texture of the story which moves like real life. When the author puts so much at stake for the characters, the realistic details become loaded--which of them will prove to be crucial, life changing? Which of them are simply part of the unimportant background? If Larsson had not created such engaging and fascinating characters or a situation so charged with danger and dark possibility, they would be tiresome. Instead, I found myself picking my way through them as through a mine field.
In addition, the plot works like a well oiled machine, a very complex machine. In the end you must just give yourself up to it and live it out to the end with Salander, Blomkvist and the fifteen or twenty other memorable characters in the book. Brilliant work!
Missed work and ignored the phone for two days. Larsson was a consummate story teller. I am totally hooked. Vance brought to life a slew of Interesting and well developed characters that took me from "the girl with the dragon tattoo" immediately into the sequel. Looking forward to the next (and sadly, Last) of the trilogy. I'll probably get fired this month!
I am as bummed as a person can get! I have finished The Girl Who Played with Fire. It is 18 hours long and I could have listened for another 18 easily. Lizbeth is smart, savvy, tough and cool and I would give my iPhone and all the apps to be like her! She is a computer genius and math wiz and the author, Stieg Larsson, must have been as well, because I envision a wall full of character equations to keep track of everyone and all of the plot twists and turns. If you haven't listened to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I envy you because you have it to look forward to and I have in my past, but listen to it first or you will be lost by all of the characters. In Played with Fire, the author will keep you absolutely tuned in because it feels like if you miss a name, or location, or computer file title you may miss a major story line. I found myself skipping back to catch details because I didn't want to miss anything. I can't wait till the next book comes out but then I will go into mourning because it is the last from this author. It is a loss.
I don't normally write reviews, but I absolutely love this series of books. The plots are pleasantly complex and hold your attention throughout. The reading was really well done as well. Wish there were more books by this author!
What a thrilling book. But you must read 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' first to get the full story. These are the best books I have ever purchased from Audible. Simply AMAZING!
I didn't think an audiobook could be more interesting and gripping than Tattoo (although the first half hour was a little slow because it was introducing three different characters and branches of the story). The marvelous actor/narrator is back and his use of different pitches and accents helps keep the various characters identifiable in dialogue. This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. So sorry there is apparently only one more in the hopper by this gifted, late author.
True to his first novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-Steig Larsson wrote a higly entertaining book with memorable characters. Just when you think you know where the plot is heading there are twists and turns that will leave you enthralled and wanting more. I did not want this book to end. Loved the narration-it was right on the mark.
My personal rule for audiobooks is that I only listen while I'm doing something constructive. Thanks to Mikail and Lisbeth, my house is now clean, the weeds are pulled in my yard, and my dog has had more walks and runs than he ever thought possible. I could not stop listening! I slowly came to appreciate Lisbeth in Tatoo, but I was in her corner from the start in Fire. Steig Larsson's incredible literary talents are wonderfully complemented by Simon Vance's fabulous narration. This book made me squirm in places, but over things we all need to squirm about.
If you like mysteries and Convoluted stories , this is a book for you. It is 18 hrs of great writing. The story is Swedish, all of the names are Swedish. The story is translated. It is great and the narrator reads so well and puts different voices to all of the characters. This is a must read.
I rate the story 5 stars, if I could rate the narrator 6 stars I would.
I am rather new in this genre, but I find that Larsson is a master storyteller. Indeed, the story starts a bit slow, with background info and descriptions of the people involved without nothing really striking happening, but this works well to build the scaffold of the story, and once this is ready it shoots out like a rocket. I could not stop listening to the third part and heard it in one single sit (into an untimely hour). Kudos for Larsson.
Simon Vance delivers a decent job, he is not my favourite reader, but he never bothered me or distracted my attention from the story, so I take him as successful.
The very end of the book is one of the best closures I have read.
All in all, full marks for this audiobook.