I was in tears at the end of this book - I felt like I was right there at the end with he Son and Father, and I knew them so well it was like saying goodbye to friends. The story is so incredibly well written, you are immediately drawn in to the story and I can picture the landscape so vividly in my mind that I am not sure if I should watch the film adaptation or not. I could very easily have listened to this book all in one sitting, but I had to sleep sometime!
Other reviewers have mentioned the lack of chapter breaks, but I think that this is natural to the story - you are seeing through the eyes of the Son or Father, and they are not writing a novel, so they wouldn't break off from their battle for survival to start a new paragraph!
A special mention must go to the excellent narration, which was perfectly paced and judged throughout.
I found this book to be a rare example of being worthy of all the praise I have heard heaped upon it.
For once a rare sequel that is better than the original. For me this book is a better listen than Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I gave that five stars and a glowing review. The writing is of equal quality, with a fantastic depth of character and detail. The narration is once again spot on, absolutely perfectly paced and judged. The focus here is more on Lisbeth Salander and her story (which I found more interesting) than the murder and conspiracy of the first book. She is one of my all time favourite characters, and the fact that she is likeable despite being a pretty flawed personality is a testament to the quality of the writing.
It is such a shame that we will not get to listen to more from Stieg Larsson, but I will tresure this trilogy of books. I now cannot wait for the conclusion, which I hope will live up to the standards set by this book and Dragon Tattoo.
Having heard all the glowing reviews of this book (and the two sequels) I thought it couldn't possibly be that good, could it? Well, the answer is a resounding yes.
The writing is of the highest quality - detailed but not full of waffle, and brilliantly paced. A real slow burner, richly rewarding and highly addictive (which is a problem when trying to relax in the evening). However, some of the details of the plot (which I will not ruin) are a little disturbing, but this feels natural to the overall story and not put in for shock value.
A special mention for the wonderful narration - very easy on the ear, clearly distinguised characters and no struggling with the complicated relationships (not to mention the place names). Give this man an Audible Oscar!
I am eargerly awaiting the next in the trilogy - The Girl Who Played With Fire - here's hoping it will be just as wonderful and fully deserving of a five star rating.