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This was another great listen. I enjoyed it more than the first in the trilogy, but that is purely personal preference. The tone of this one is not quite as dark as the first, and as a result lacks some of the tension, but I thought the overall plot was more interesting. This may be because we learn more about Lisbeth, and she's more present in this novel than in the first.
Again, Larsson is devoted to a lot of minute detail. Easily bored readers may find that parts of this novel seem sort of out of place, especially as there are a number of episodes that aren't related to the overall mystery. I personally enjoyed all of the threads that weave through this novel, because they are so expertly character driven. Sadly, it appears the audio version of the third book in the trilogy will be abridged.
If I have one complaint, it's that the translator makes a few mistakes in his choice of certain English words, with slightly amusing results, e.g. "noisome."
Saul Reichlin is excellent again as the narrator. This is exactly the sort of narration I look for in an audiobook, rather than a dramatization of the work. As I said in my review of the first book, I think he captures the characters' voices perfectly, without affectation or awkwardness.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This was another great listen. I enjoyed it just as much as the first in the trilogy. There is lots of detail but it the book more interesting.
Saul Reichlin is excellent again as the narrator.
You've read all the rave reviews; believe them! These books (The Trilogy) are fabulous.
But let me praise the narrator, Saul Reichlin. He brought the books to life in a wonderful way. He made it easy to distinguish between the characters, despite a variety of accents (Swedish, Irish, Australian, Russian, etc.) and he did it without making them into caricatures.
As I discussed the books with friends, I would mention a name and they would often say "is that how you pronounce it?". Mr. Reichlin not only made these books a pleasure to listen to, he made me confident pronouncing more-than-difficult Swedish names and places!
Buy the book, and enjoy.
I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first one, but not quite.
Narration was top notch even though it was funny to hear Saul Reichlin trying to do the high pitch voice of the blond giant : )
I highly recommend this book after having read the first of course
I enjoyed it as much as the first book ! I wanted a bit more at the end, it almost feels like you need the third, hope I wont feel the same at the end of the third but I still can't wait to read the third.
Most definitely a fast start. Sure would not like to be an enemy of Lisbeth.. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.
Plenty happening to maintain interest. Narration = 10/10. Cheers..
The way this story played out was terrific. It didn't get lazy or trite. I hope Hollywood decides against wreaking their own mashed up version.
I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I found it dragged for me a little at times and wasn't hooked like his first novel. I also found the way he describes every computer in a scene [model number, amount of ram, hard drive size, monitor size] annoying and unnecessary. Despite all of this I did enjoy the book...just not as much as I expected.
I absolutely loved this! Fabulous, Fantastic, I can now understand why this trilogy has sold over 12 million books. Brilliant, do yourself a favour, read Stieg Larsson
You know how the second book in a trilogy is often just a bridge between the first and the third, well this isn't the case here. Crash, bang, wollop - that's pretty much the pace from the start of this book, and the action continues straight through to the end.
In some respects this story is more about the Lisbeth character and helping us understand what makes her tick and why. This coupled with a very strong storyline makes for compelling reading.
You can't complete a review of this book without praising Saul Reichlin's incredible narration, he really is first class.
"Almost as good as the first book!"
It's not quite as good but I still loved it and cannot wait to listen to Book 3
Just a fantastic book read brilliantly. Can't wait to read the next one. Exciting all the way through with an ending that makes you want more.
As with all of this series, this book was, as my review title suggests, AWESOME!
The story was read in true form and the narrator was excellent.
"Couldn't turn it off it was so compelling"
Well worth the money, well worth the time! A brilliant story that has one hooked in a chapter. It's an intelligent story without needing complex twists but good reasonable conclusions that surpass Hollywood notions of story telling. Just get it, get it quick and get it now - you won't be disappointed!
After listening to the first instalment of the trilogy I was hooked! Steig Larson's characters are full rounded and have a depth to them like no other! The narrators voice draws you further into the storyline. You wouldn't mess with Lisbeth Salander! This audiobook had me on the end of my seat. A truly brilliant author, I am just going to start listening to the final book - well worth a listen especially at ?3.99 as a member. Excellent to listen to on a long journey- however its not recommended to listen in the dark at night, especially if like me you are a bit of a scare-de-cat!!
Another excellent book by Larson, a little difficult to keep track of all the different people and places but you get there in the end. An excellent sequel.
"well worth it - needs to read as a trilogy"
excellent listening and great story - perfect for letting the motorway miles slip past. Needs to be listened too as a trilogy for full effect - dragon tattoo is the best book of the three in my opinion
I didn't want this to end, what a brilliant writer!!!
"Three Boopks That Should Be One!"
I am writing the same review for the entire trilogy for in my mind they are one story and I listened to them from beginning to end which means that now I actually have difficulty in remembering what bits occurred in what novel but then maybe that is not a criticism as after all I see the trilogy as one book and the story does not really end till the end of the third book. (Books two and Three are admittedly more closely linked to each other than the first one).
Excellent story and intricately interwoven plots. Lots of surprises and many predicable things occur, but then that makes the story all the more believable. Its not often that a story comes based on Swedish culture and as such it took a little getting used to as they obviously have a different outlook on social care than what we might be used to in this country.
My main gripe, if there is one is the detail that the author goes into in describing things of even a slightly technical nature. Do we really need to know the model number of each piece of equipment used by the main characters? It is a thin line between educating your readers in things they may not be full au fait with and treating them like idiots not knowing a thing about the technology described.
On the whole great work off now to watch the films, will I be disappointed?
"Begins as a slow burner"
Having finished listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I could not wait to start the next book. I was slightly disappointed at first as it seemed to take a very long time to get going, but perhaps it suffered in part in comparison to the exciting end to the first book. I persevered, and suddenly I was addicted again. I was listening at every possible opportunity.
The story is detailed and full of surprising twists. We learn a lot more about Lisbet's childhood, and come to understand many things about her and her family. The violence is graphic, as in the first book, but never feels gratuitous.
The narrator is fantastic, providing enough variation in characters' voices to make it easy to follow conversations, and the pronunciation of the Swedish names and places make the atmosphere feel very authentic (at least to a non-Swedish ear!). The next book continues the story and I cannot wait to start listening.
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