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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.
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 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.
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.
"Totally addictive characters and plot"
If you are considering this then you must have already read/heard Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You will not be disappointed. The characters are just as strong, believable and addictive. The plots are just as well developed and even more complex. I couldn't leave it alone.
"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
"Even better than the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
I loved the girl with the dragon tattoo so it was inevitable that I was going to get this book as well. The thing that stopped me doing so quicker was that I had bought the paperback from Waterstones and had difficulty getting into it. Eventually I decided the time had come to continue the series in audio as I had started. If I had known how good this book was I would not have waited so long though.
The Girl Who Played with Fire gives so much information about Lisbeth that it is like a completely different class of story to the original book. I would consider the original book to be merely a prelude introducing you to the characters. It is in this book that the story really begins. One thing though, I would say that once you have listened to this one you will have to listen to the final one in the series. The story does not fully conclude, there is a cliffhanger. However this is not to the books detriment because it is so good that if there was no way to continue it you would be profoundly disappointed.
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!!!
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