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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Joe
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 10-12-09

Excellent

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.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 07-29-10

Another Excellent Book

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A great 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good book

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Vanessa
  • Dundas, Australia
  • 07-29-10

Excellent !!

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Noel
  • Elliminyt, Australia
  • 11-06-10

Not Bad

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..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Hans
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • 09-14-10

Can't wait for the movie

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • The GapAustralia
  • 10-08-09

the girl who played with fire

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Can't get enough, where's the third book?

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Calum
  • United Kingdom
  • 06-19-12

Absolutely Brilliant

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • 07-21-09

Didn't disappoint

Having recently finished listening to the first book in this series, 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', I held my breath and immediately dived back in with this, the second. I am glad to say that I found it at least as good as the first, and some of the unanswered questions about Lizbet Salander's past became clearer as the story unfolded. The characters were further developed, with, I am glad to say, Blomkvist allowed to grow more in the second part of the book. If you have read the first book, then you know to expect rather explicit descriptions of violence, and this book also contains similar material. Once again, impeccably read by Saul Reichlin, who has to be complimented on getting his tongue around all the Scandinavian place names with great dexterity.
Some nice twists towards the end! I highly recommend.

87 of 87 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 10-06-09

Brilliant! Crime fiction as it should be.

I loved the previous book, and this is even better. Lisbet is the focus here, which is great from my point of view. She is the most unusual character I've ever encountered in this sort of fiction. She's become a bit of a Goddess in our household, we could only cheer on her almost crazy, vengeful spirit; all in the right cause. We have listened to the two books a couple of times now, and new things come up with the second hearing. Yes, there is violence, but it is not gratuitous. I love the fine detail, I love not knowing which character or bit of info is improtant to the 'crime'; it feels much more realistic, though never boring. The success of these books should be a lesson to all editors; I dread to think how mauled they would have been if an editor had cut them down to size. (I am assuming there was little chance for editing before publication due to what happened to the author). These books are not the usual easy read/listen, you will need a bit more attention, but in my opinion totally worth it! The two readings are in my top five best listens on Audible.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • James Hey
  • 07-29-10

Outstanding

In order to communicate how good this book is, I must give context. This book is 25 hours long. I bought it approximately 43 hours ago, and I have almost finished it (I am listening to the fantastic revelations as I type). I have NEVER had such an addiction to a book in all my life, and I am very glad I have a credit saved in order to plough through the remainder of the trilogy. It is now 4 am, and i am unable to put it down, and will listen to the remaining two hours, before downloading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, and drilling on with my sleepless addiction.

This book is INEXPLICABLY amazing. Unlike the first book, which felt often stale and repetitive at first, although well deserving of the five stars I gave it, this book, in contrast, feels progressive and very interesting, able to hold my entire attention for the last two days, with only necessary pauses. There have been several humerus moments, which are far more satisfying than the attempts in The girl with the dragon tattoo.

There is nothing about this book that I wouldn't recommend to the highest degree to anyone who would listen. Even the incredibly confusing names were of merit, as it helped for me to remain engaged, and concentrate on the more complex lines.
AMAZING book.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilbert
  • 01-25-11

The Steig Larsson Trilogy

The three books of this trilogy are among the best I have read. Lisbet Salander is one of the most unusual heroines and the stories are dramatic

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-22-10

Great book

Great book, facinating follow on to the Girl with the dragon tattoo. I didnt think that this would be as enjoyable as the first one - how wrong was I. I couldnt stop listening.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Niall
  • 06-25-10

Superb...!

A brilliant second installment following on from where Tattoo left off. Listen in order, it's very important.
Highly recommend.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-02-09

Very complicated, but ultimately satisfying story

I hadn't realized that this book is the sequel to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If I'd read/listened to the latter I might not have found that for the first five or six chapters I was confused by the complexity of the narrative as it moved between different countries, introduced many characters and switched back and forth in time. Once the story settled in Sweden the sheer number of characters with unfamiliar sounding names and locations I didn't recognize continued to make the story a taxing one to follow, however the main thrust of the narrative kept me listening and the outstanding performing skills of Saul Reichlin helps greatly in identifying who is whom. I knew in advance that this reader is one of the best from his work on David Hewson's Rome series.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • 08-14-10

The Girl Who Played with Fire

These days I rarely find a book I can't put down. It had me nearly missing my tube stop with the exciting story line. I got so involved with the main character Lisbeth Salander that I was worrying about her in between listens! I am going to keep the third in the series until my holiday in three weeks time, if I can wait that long!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Tricia Cassel-Gerard
  • 07-05-10

The Girl who played with fire

Just as compelling and fascinating as the first book of the series. Took me several days to get the characters out of my everyday head! The way it is read is so good and so descriptive. Just now making space for the third book and then I might have to go back to the beginning! Highly reccomended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr K Burgess
  • 08-05-10

Disappointing

I really enjoyed his first book and looked forward to the second, but this one is too 'James Bondish' with so many unbelievable co-incidences. I have hired cars around the world, including Sweden, but have yet to find one with a convenient coil of rope in the boot for tying up baddies. Probably works better as a 2 hour DVD rather that a 25 hour audiobook.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-17

Brilliant

Great follow on to the previous book. Good narration, thoroughly enjoyable. Have to buy the next one now.

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  • Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King
  • 09-26-17

Not for me

Would you try another book written by Stieg Larsson or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Stieg Larsson again?

No

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

Too monotonous

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl Who Played with Fire?

I don’t know , could not finish the book.

Any additional comments?

I just could not get into the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-17

As good as the first book!

I think it's fair to say when you listen to the book almost in one go that you've been totally hooked! Not entirely impressed with the ending but it only means bring on the next book in the series.

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  • Ranjit
  • 05-10-17

Excellent book and excellently read.

I found it hard to stop listening to it once I started. No slow stretches. Well read and kept my interest till the end.

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  • Alana Miller
  • 02-27-17

Bloody loved it!

Fantastic story. Thrilling, compelling and utterly captivating. Highly recommended for fans of crime and mystery.

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  • Claudine
  • 01-23-17

Too long

The story was far too long. Some interesting action moments but some very long-winded uninteresting descriptions that made this book disappointing. I loved The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, this doesn't compare.

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  • Jack
  • 10-16-16

Amazing

Amazingly written just like the first but dives into Elizabeth's backstory in so much more depth and covers her in everyday life.
I love how it's written and read in different ways depending on the character. Elizabeth is cold and to the point and michial is passionate and investigative, and it really reads that way depending on which character is noticing things or not.
A marvellous addition to the serious and I recommend for anyone that love crime or mystery works.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 08-25-16

Fantastic

Brilliant all time favourite series ...and still thrilling going back through the series. Love it

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  • Tracey
  • 07-18-16

Stieg Larsson the Master of Scandi Crime!

If you could sum up The Girl Who Played with Fire in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, inventive and intriguing

What other book might you compare The Girl Who Played with Fire to, and why?

The other 2 books in the series beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

Michail Blomquvist

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When we found out more about Liesbet Salander's history and understood her more. Such an inventive character! I loved her and wanted to take her into my life but she wouldn't like that anyway. But Michail, he is a man I could get to know.

Any additional comments?

Took a while to warm up, the narrator at first sounded a bit wooden, but once your ear 'attuned', you could hear so many different characters and nuances in his performance, I really like his Norwegian accents on words.

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  • Ashlea
  • 06-28-16

A disappointing sequel

After thoroughly enjoying The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I struggled through reading this and ended up listening to it as an audio book as I was not engaged enough to sit down and read. It worked well to get me through housework and driving longer distances. I will read the third, however am hoping it is more riveting. Storyline was slow.