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Great description of characteristics of each individual involved in the story.
Kalle Blomqvist. Well balanced dedicated charming journalist.
The way he can narrate each individual according to their nature is simply beyond pure talent. There's more!
Haha, yes there were moments of glint in my eyes and definitely I was laughing my head off several times.
There must by something about the book when more than one film adaptations will have been done.
Just as intricate and in-depth as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but with more humour. I lost a lot of sleep staying up because I didn't want to turn it off.
Saul Reichlin is an accomplished narrator, who makes all the characters believable.
I loved the thorough research that went into this and the other books of the trilogy, which made the whole story utterly convincing.
What a shame we will have no more of Steig Larsson's books!
Once again, Stieg Larsson has produced a jaw-dropping murder mystery without parallel. Salander is an incredible heroine, and the book is filled with plot twists that simply can't be foreseen. I can't quite believe how good this series is, and I can't wait to get to the next book.
Saul Reichlin does a fabulous job reading this trilogy. The stories are compelling and interesting. A great investment in downloading and listening to all three. I am certain I am not alone in being sad that Larsson died before completing the next book. Knowing nothing about Swedish society I found the books fascinating as a contrast to North American society. Loved all three books!
This too-short series is a terrific read/listen. The characters are are rich, vital, and quirky with distinctive character flaws that make them incredibly tangible. The balance of character development and driving storyline is flawless. I found all three of the books very hard to stop listening to and the characters and their predicament stayed with me even when I wasn't listening. Once you've read one, you won't be able to stop and you'll be sorry when they're over.
While this second book in the trilogy started off at a much better pace than the first, it was less riveting overall. We were much more involved with the heroine in this book and, sadly, saw less of the hero. And whereas "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" felt like the book that wouldn't quit, delivering one "ending" after another, this book felt like a book that never ended at all. It seemed that he just stopped writing because he reached a certain page count. There was far too much of the story that was still unresolved.
When the recording stopped, I was driving down the road and all I could think was, "What the heck..." The opening chapter of the third book feels like it is simply the next chapter of "The Girl Who Played With Fire".
I like the story, but this particular book disappointed me in that it did not deliver the same level of tension as the first, did not let me get to see the hero in action and ended abruptly without resolving anything.
That said, I am now half way through "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" and am already hoping against hope that the rumours of a posthumous fourth book are true.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
A shocking and brilliant story, The Girl Who Played With Fire sees Lisbeth Salander's past come to haunt her, when she is sudddenly on the run from police for a double murder. The journalist Mikael Blomkvist is determined to help unravel the mystery and to prove Lisbeth's innocence. This story takes so many twists and turns, it ends on a cliffhanger and is absolutely brilliant.
"Second part of the best crime novel series ever"
Every bit as good as the first book in the series. I took lots of long walks with my dog to have an excuse to listen to this for hours. I just love the characters, too, they feel very real. The books in this series are so good that I haven't felt like reading or listening to any other crime novel since (apart from one try), because they'll inevitably be a disappointment.
"One In Two"
If "Dragon Tattoo" is two different books in one, "Fire"" and "Hornets' Nest" are one story split into two books. I would defy anybody reading the trilogy for the first time not to begin "Hornets' Nest" immediately they finish "Fire"; the cliffhanger is one of the best I've ever come across and anybody reading the latter in isolation will be left feeling cheated.
This book continues the story of the events surrounding Lisbeth Salander's early adult life, and also begins to explain her past and how it has blighted her formative years. I am a huge fan of Salander and in my opinion she is head and shoulders above any other heroine I've come across in any genre of fiction. She may be somewhat idiosyncratic and just wants to be left alone (with her computer), but due to circumstances the authorities are desperate to do anything but. This book demonstrates superbly how this young woman, branded as mentally deficient and unable to deal with her own affairs by society and savaged in the media, is far more intelligent, capable and resourceful than just about anybody else in the country.
I cannot recommend this book, together with the other two books in the trilogy, highly enough. Yes, it does deal with violence, particularly against women, extremely graphically yet this is neither out of place nor unnecessary.
"I am so into this character..."
Salander just gets better and better and as a sequel to Dragon Tattoo the book certainly doesn't disappoint; In fact the character, like wine, just improves with age. Can't wait to get started on Hornets Nest.
"the girl who played with fire"
Again just like the first book,this is just as good,full of action just like the first book cannot wait to listen to the final book.
This is the second book of the Millenium Trilogy. It is a continuation of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (so read that one first). Both books are terrifically well read, by a first class narrator. They are satisfyingly complex murder mysteries, whose many characters are well drawn. A rather racier, twenty-first century approach, than either Agatha Christie or John LeCarre and with more pace than either. The detail and intensity reminded me of the Geofrey Household novel Rogue Male. Occasionally, I struggled to suspend my disbelief, but it did not stop me from becoming addicted to the story. This book and its predicessor are not perfect, but they are in the first division of thriller entertainment. I would recommend these audible versions to anyone who likes this genre.
"Scariest movie ever!"
This book scared the bejeezus out of me, but I could not put the book down until I finished it. If you're a fan of the Exorcist or Amityville Horror, then this is the book for you!
"Read this before Hollywood film it"
I did not see the Scandinavian films in the set because my lad turned the v box off when we went away so Film 4 series did not record...I did see the English film version of "Tattoo" which was very good. Therefore i only bought this and Hornet nest...
FAN-TAS-TIC story....thoroughly recommend it...but read or watch TATTOO first as they all link and would not make sense as individual pieces
"Well it gets better & better!"
This review covers all 3 sections of The Girl Who Played With Fire!
After a great first book, (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), I was not disappointed & was making excuses for extra listening time!
I recommend listening to all three books of the Millennium Trilogy, in order. This is book two. You will not be disappointed.
Then watch the 3 films!
I can quite honestly say this, and the other two in the Millenium Trilogy are by far the best books I have ever read/listened to.
I also have the DVD set
The trilogy just stays with you, remarkable
Such a shame that Stieg Larsson is no longer with us
"Don't judge a book by its cover. Or its film."
Wonderful! Exciting! Thrilling!
Impossible to read without getting confused, terrible to watch because it lacks so much depth... Yet turned into an unabridged audiobook it is far easier to keep up with the flow & still retain everything the book contains.
The story is beautifully woven, with fully fleshed out characters and locations. This is the reason that I prefer a book to a film, and an audiobook to a book.
It is so regrettable that this collection on 'Millenium' stories came to such a tragic stop. Across the series start (The Girl with...) the stories just get stronger & more interwoven. You can only start to imagine how great any future books would have been. I fear if the collection is carried on by another author, that the magic will be lost.
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