Very rarely have I ever encountered a novel with real-world witty and engaging characters as The Girl Who Played With Fire. This is not your everyday, predictable crime drama love story. You have never met characters remotely like these. I found this book to be an excellent sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. The narrator is excellent and Salinder is the best heroin I have ever encountered.
I thought "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was remarkable, so I had to listen to "Girl Who Played with Fire." Hard to believe, but the story only got better. Larsson had the ability to give you just enough to keep you hooked, making me drive around the neighborhood over and over again to find out what happens. To top it off, Simon Vance does a incredible job narrating both books. I can't wait for the third book. It is a pure shame that Larsson was taken away from us much too soon. I HIGHLY recommend this book and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." These may be the best books I've read this year.
A good listen, quality audio and a solid narrator, recommended and worth a credit. I came to this book from the previous Dragon Tattoo book, which I read rather than listened to. I enjoyed the story, but was let down somewhat by the shift to an omnipotent Lisbeth Salander in the Fire novel rather than the more evenly balanced character studies in the Tattoo book between the cipher of Lisbeth Salander and Mikhail Blomkvist. Could be the Swedish names, but I was lost at times late in the book as multiple characters come and go. Major relationships and characters are introduced in the first third of the novel and just outright vanish, kind of odd. Overall the two novels remind me of the TV show Law and Order. Early on in the TV show simple and interesting plotlines abounded...guy kills his wife in a clever way, they catch him. Years later the TV show blew up into large complex social justice cases. Same thing with the two novels, 1st one is clean, focused and interesting; 2nd one is also good, but all of a sudden it expands nation-wide in conspiracy upon conspiracy. By the end I thought maybe they'd uncover the Kennedy assassination. I also find "filler material" more obvious in audio books than in written read books; and about 2 hours could have been trimmed here with no quality lost. Still, spend the credit.
I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire was worth the wait. I was sad to hear of Stieg Larsson's death, as he was a gifted writer. I wish there were more stories, as I love the heroine.
intelligent, exciting with unique unforgettable characters
The reader is wonderful. The author is wonderful. What more do you need?
For a time I thought this book was not as good as the first, but I was very pleased by the end of it. The problem is that _The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo_ is just so good, how do you follow it?
It's really worth the listen. Highly recommended.
There is a problem though: I want #3 in the series and audible does not have it yet!