The customer reviews and Audible's own recommendations for similar novels (including Brown's The Lost Symbol) convinced me that this was a novel worth downloading. What it's proven to be so far (having listened to Part I) is erotica disguised as an action/mystery novel.
In the first seven chapters, the author describes or portrays sex, breast enlargement, naked self-examinations, lesbian sex, etc. And these encounters are not woven logically into the plot line, but crammed in, creating what read to me like blatant author intrusions.
Shame on me for not reading the "back cover" more closely (which even if I did hardly prepares the reader for the volume of sexual material). And shame on Audible for not clearly identifying this novel for what it is. If portrayed "as-is" on the big screen, The Girl Who Played with Fire would surely get a very strong R rating; or perhaps the producers would even be forced to cut material or sell it to XXX theaters.
This is a book for sex addicts (not trying or caring to recover) and lovers of erotica. So blatant are the author intrusions that it has left me wondering if the author himself is obsessed with sex. Or at least he has sold his talents for more money.
If such things do offend you, especially in excess, avoid this novel. There are far more intelligently written novels with which to spend your time.
Wow! What a ride!!! I started out with this one not realizing it was the second in this trilogy. The book stood on it's own enough but the characters were so well developed I was still eager to backtrack and jump into the first just to be sure I didn't miss anything. I ended up watching the movie while reading the second book and couldn't wait for the third one! Lisbeth Salander is possibly one of the strongest female characters to hit the scene in many years. She's not just "stiff-upper-lip" type, but is actually strong, willfully determined and downright pissed off! Oh, and she has every right to be! I'm pretty sick of the helpless victim image, real or fictional, and Lisbeth is just the cure! It's not just the diminutive little Rambo chick either it's the mystery and intrigue as well. What a convoluted plot and one that threads very well across all three novels! I confess, I never figured out the "who-dunnits" in the little "side stories" that pop up either - sorry - don't want to give anything away. It's not just Lisbeth either - every character is intricately fleshed out and very believable! Oh, and as for other commentators on the S&M factors that nearly put me off reading this series at all, get real! If the little bits of play between partners and the description of attire lead you to believe this is mostly about BDSM, then you haven't read the book or listened to it because that is just a flash in the pan when compared to the whole story and strength of the characters. The leather and cuffs were not just gratuitous either - it was real, earthy and appropriate to the scene and the situation.
Yes, I have listen to all 3 books and plan to listen again.
It is an intoxicating story, had me on the edge of my seat
He brings a depth of experience and would not be possible if I just read it.
I have the life style that audio-books fit into.
I have never rated a book before. This series is one of the best I have read since the penergast series. Too bad he has passed away what a great writer. I cannot wait till may when the 3rd is released!
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
This was an excellent follow on to "Dragon Tatoo". The end seemed a bit like the author just wanted to finish it possibly because he was not finished with it before he died. The character development added to what I did not know but was hinted at from his first book - it filled in a lot of what may have been a distraction in the first book. There were too many characters with names that sounded a lot alike (being from the USA and not from Sweden) and that got a bit confusing. HINT: Start writing the characters names down the best you can and who they are early in the book, that way you can figure out which bad guy was the really bad guy or the really really bad guy or a victim. Very good except the end could have been more believable.
THe narration was great and the story is captivating.
Should entertain even those like myself, who are not convinced about the greatness of this trilogy, but enjoyed it all the same.
This book does not focus on the story, rather on sex. If the author had focused on the story more it would have been great. I will say the book shows the downfall of our moral society in vivid detail.
Say something about yourself!
I bought this thinking it would be as good as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Boy am I disappointed. There are parts that just seem to drag. I listen to audio books while I run and usually they get me thru the run without me even realizing I ran. Not this one.
Despite the excellent reviews on Larsson's books, I just could not get into this novel. I have been spoiled by Will Patton's narrations of Burke's thrillers.
Just as in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the author provides so many irrelevant details and rambles on for 5-10 minutes about them, I couldn't get past the first hour of this book.