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!
Fantastic listen. I listen on my long drives to work. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to this book.
Larsson takes the story in improbable directions, but it all fits into a very thrilling and believable story. Richly drawn characters that you genuinely care about.
Simon Vance is the best narrator I've heard. Many narrators have difficulty with some characters. Simon Vance is flawless in both this book and Dragon Tattoo.
This book and the first book in the series, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have to rank as the best thrillers of the year. The titles refer to a most unique character, a young woman whose abusive upbringing has given her a mind and character of steel. The main character is a Swedish journalist who manages to befriend this prickly young woman. He is probably an avatar of the author, a journalist who wrote these two and a 3rd novel right before he died. The central topic of international concern, human trafficking, sets you to wondering how much of these books are based on fact. They are written with passionate intensity. Not necessary to read them in order but better if you do. You can't put them down, and like chocolate, you won't be able to stop at one.