Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I have been a member of Audible since April of 2002...I must say that this series of books has been the most captivating that I have purchased. You will be drawn in and not want it to end. Well worth the time and credit. You must listen to the books in order. I am now half way through the last in the series "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." When I am done with it, I will start at the beginning and listen to all of them again. I buy books to be entertained. I was certainly entertained.
I nearly crashed into a few things listening to this while driving to work. It was suspensful and interesting, and I was not bored once. The narration was excellent, one of the best readings I have heard in a while. The narrator had a pleasant voice and embodied the characters very well. Overall, an A+ read!
Gift Subscription for my lovely wife.
Had to go online to see photos of Stockholm to get an idea of what the city looked like.
Some people may not like the "European" style of writing which can be very long and descriptive, but it lends it self well to audio format - and you can't beat Simon Vance as a narrator. I listened to all three books TWICE.
I was waiting for this to come out and was not disappointed. Simon Vance does an excellent job in narrating and bringing the characters to life.
Audio is always a great way to get housekeeping done. :)
For those saying this book is "erotica" or they had to turn the book off b/c of too much sex - maybe you should listen to some real erotica to get your heads on straight; sex plays a large part in this book, but it is only mentioned or referred to or the scene is cut out before it gets graphic. Remember, this book is written by a Swede and takes place in Sweden, which has a very different attitude about sex than some of us more prudish Americans. Stop trying to project your narrow-minded views on other people. The fact that Salander is bisexual was brought up first book; if you didn't like it then, don't read this one. And you did read the synopsis about the investigation having to do with sex trafficking, didn't you?
That being said... I enjoyed this book just like the first. It starts a bit slow with Salander out of Europe on a bit of a vacation before the real action begins. I like how Larsson breaks the chapters into small bits so any one scene isn't too long. We learn about Salander's horrific background in this book and how she came to be who she is. Many characters from the first book also come into play, which you might not expect - you won't be disappointed. I also found the ending very satisfying.
Outstanding sequel and second book in trilogy. I found myself not wanting this book to end. If you like suspense and action...this book is for you.
I downloaded the "abridged" version of "Dragon Tattoo". I am happy I spent the time on the "unabridged" version of "Played with Fire". You can really appreciate the details that are missing in the abridged version and the movie is short on the book in general.
If you have a strong aversion to reading stories with graphic violence or sex (of any number of forms) don't read Stieg Larsson's books. There were several scenes where I cringed or felt my stomach turn, but the story was worth it. If you can stomach these topics, these books are "must reads"! I've read the first book and this second book is also full of suspense and excitement. Larsson provides many, many details. The story is told from the point of view of several characters, so it can be a little repetitive. However, the method is very effective. You really feel like you are in the characters' heads.
Simon Vance does another excellent job of narrating this book. I think I would have a hard time reading the print version with all the foreign character, town, and street names. Vance does an excellent job of making the pronunciations sound authentic. (I don't know Swedish, so I wouldn't know if they actually are.) He also creates wonderful accents for each character that helped me keep track of the multitude of important characters.
Excellent. I can't wait to listen to the third book!