Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
This girl with the Dragon Tattoo is such a compelling character and this second book of the series really takes off on a trajectory that reaches full escape velocity with the third volume. I've seen the Swedish movies and I'm anticipating the Hollywood versions in production because I can't get enough of Lisbeth. So sorry to hear about Mr. Larsson's demise and the end to the Lisbeth character who now has the wealth and ability to rock the world. I recommend the Dragon Tattoo series to everyone. The triumph of a brutalized spirit over the worst father figure in fiction and a psychiatrist pedophile who deserves her wrath. What a wonderful triumph over evil.
If you've read the second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire, this book just feels like it recaps that one for hours. The listener already knows the details about the cover up from the second book, this book is just listening to everyone else put the pieces together.
There's a side story with Berger that is ok, but doesn't really add anything to the main story.
I loved the first two books of the trilogy but this one dragged on so long in so many parts. When an employee of Milton Security is hired to do an assessment of security systems for someone's house, the whole chapter is the details of alarms and doors and response times. It goes on way too long without adding anything to the story.
The back story of a janitor takes almost a whole chapter when the janitor's actions only take up a few minutes here or there and the back story is irrelevent.
Simon Vance, however, once again does a great job narrating.
This completes the Dragon Tattoo series. The most wonderful books ever ever. The depth and richness of the characters, the way you are visually taken through the story. Oh my gosh, Lisbeth Salander is going to be in your heart forever.
The story line got side tracked bySwedish politics, which frankly to me seem rather naive. I also got tired of the "purity of the press"...especially in light of how far the media has come from balanced reporting.
The 2nd book was my favorite.
As with the other 2 Stieg Larsson books, this book is fantastic except it takes a little while for the story to really get going. The narrator adds interest and keeps you going until the story starts to take off. If it were not for the plot dragging at time I would have given this whole series of books 5 stars :)
I want to be brief in this review. If you're considering listening to this audiobook, then you've been enchanted by the amazing two previous books about the girl with the dragon tattoo that played with fire. The story is amazing as usual, and I very much enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The only downside was that it lacked many of the elements of surprise and twists that I loved in the precious two books. Many of the events happen as I expected them with little surprise. Also the ending dragged on for many needless pages.
4 out of 5 stars!! I thoroughly enjoyed the Millennium Triology. If anyone is thinking of reading this book, but haven't invested in the other two I strongly suggest not reading them out of order. Stieg Larsson's characters and storylines have so much depth and this book was no exception. The many twist made the book a page turner and so worth the read.
Empty, silly, worse than the Dragon Tattoo. I like the narrator. If you watch CSI four times a week you will probably like this.