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The Girl Who Played with Fire Audiobook

The Girl Who Played with Fire

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Publisher's Summary

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her.

Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past, spent in criminally corrupt institutions. Yet Salander is more avenging angel than helpless victim. She may be an expert at staying out of sight - but she has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

©2006 Norstedts Agency; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"As good as crime writing gets." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Even more gripping and astonishing than the first...this novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats." (Joan Smith, The Sunday Times)

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    mrseagull 06-08-12
    mrseagull 06-08-12
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    "Great conspiracy sparked with original characters."
    What did you love best about The Girl Who Played with Fire?

    Great description of characteristics of each individual involved in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kalle Blomqvist. Well balanced dedicated charming journalist.


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    The way he can narrate each individual according to their nature is simply beyond pure talent. There's more!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Haha, yes there were moments of glint in my eyes and definitely I was laughing my head off several times.


    Any additional comments?

    There must by something about the book when more than one film adaptations will have been done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    juli Hamilton, ON, Canada 03-13-12
    juli Hamilton, ON, Canada 03-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better than the first book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 02-28-12
    Denise 02-28-12
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    "Great read,"

    Usually the second book is not as good as the first. This one was better, easy to imagine it all happening and made me eager to read the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 02-26-12
    Susan 02-26-12
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    "Terrific narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire the most enjoyable?

    Saul Reichlin is an accomplished narrator, who makes all the characters believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the thorough research that went into this and the other books of the trilogy, which made the whole story utterly convincing.<br/>What a shame we will have no more of Steig Larsson's books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 02-05-12
    Eric 02-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely outstanding"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Calvert 12-31-11 Member Since 2016

    Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.

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    "The Larsson triology is a real treat!"

    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!

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    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 11-15-11
    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 11-15-11
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    "One of my top ten audiobooks"

    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.

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    ian castle hill, Australia 07-07-10
    ian castle hill, Australia 07-07-10
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    "Great"

    worth the time.

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    Wanda 08-13-10
    Wanda 08-13-10
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    "Mixed emotions about this one..."

    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.

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    JoannaLewis 01-02-17
    JoannaLewis 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Great book! You won't regret reading or listening. Narration was surprisingly good.

    Only wish the author was still with us.

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  • graham
    plymouth, United Kingdom
    5/27/13
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taina
    Vaasa, Finland
    4/14/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Reasonable follow-up but with irritations"

    Having enjoyed the Dragon Tattoo, I quickly moved on to listen to Played with Fire. But to be honest I had to have two goes at it because I got fed up after a while at the start. All this distraction about Barbados and hurricanes and abusive husbands - I was waiting all the way through the book for this to tie in with the plot but it never did. Not sure what the point of that was, Except maybe to show Lisbeth doesn't like abusive husbands ... d'uh. But the point I gave up on was when she returned to Stockholm and there seemed to be a whole chapter listing her shopping list from IKEA. But I did come back to give it another try, after listening again to Dragon Tattoo, and, once you get past the rather distracting first chunk it begins to grip you and the last part is quite nail-biting. Very different from Dragon Tattoo and not as good, but a reasonable follow-up if you liked the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Super read"

    I was a bit worried when I began this, the second book of the Millennium trilogy, as it seemed Stieg Larsson was going to have difficulty recapturing the complex plot and pace which were so central in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My fears turned out to be unfounded as I quickly found he had packed this one too with clever plot lines and ever-building suspense.
    This time around we learn the history of Lisbeth Salander, and most of the key characters from the first book end up involved in a monumental mess to which she herself is the key. Drugs, murder, political corruption, prostitution, rape, organised crime, trafficking -- this has it all. It really feels like a continuation of the story, with lot of character development and questions left hanging in the earlier book now addressed.
    This is a fantastic read, although perhaps slightly less engrossing than the first book of the series, but still a guaranteed page turner worthy of a 4.5 in my view.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Watford, United Kingdom
    11/21/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Andover, United Kingdom
    10/12/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    2/12/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Kilwinning, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
    12/20/09
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    "Addictive"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    9/10/14
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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