Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has launched an explosive investigation into the sex-trafficking industry in Sweden and its international links.
When two journalists are found dead in a Stockholm apartment, police are baffled by what appears to be a professional killing.
Ex-security analyst and former child delinquent Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder, but the trail has gone cold. The only way Salander can be reached is by computer. But she for her part can break into almost any network she chooses.
©2006 Norstedts Agency; (P)2008 Quercus
I just couldn't put this down...in the last 24 hours I've found myself finding excuses to iron clothes, wash the dishes, sweep the porch etc etc - any mindless task as long as I was left alone to listen to this book. And I am not a mystery/suspense fan. I normally go for high quality literary fiction and dramas.
The story, like the first book in this series, centers on the brilliant but antisocial computer hacker "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo" who becomes mixed up in a series of murders, and so the suspense builds. But it's not just the gripping storyline that makes the writing excellent but rather the characters who are interesting and multi faceted. I'd say that this second book in the trilogy was even better than the first which I also liked. It can be read separately and understood perfectly well although I'd advise reading them in order if possible. The narration was really good - he managed to get his tongue round the difficult Swedish names that I promptly forgot (I had to rewind a few times as the plot gets quite complicated in parts). He also acted out an impressive variety of different accents and voices for the different characters.
The abridgement was seamless - had the unabridged version been available I would have taken it as it would have afforded me more hours of pure pleasure listening to this book.
In summary, first rate for its genre - even if you're not a suspense fan you won't regret trying this one. Roll on Jan 2010 for the next part!
I am sorry I have had to give in.... WHY is the narrator using stupid Cockney and Yorkshire accents to play the leading characters when all the names are swedish
The voiceover ruined this book
As soon as it started the voice 'felt' wrong, I should have realised, but didn't, it is a short version with (in my opinion) an inferior narrator. It wasn't my cup of tea, the choice is, of course, yours.
following the girl with the dragon tattoo the story continues with Mika Blomquist and Lizabeth. Excellent plotting with many twists and turns. You need to "get your ear tuned" to all the Swedish names as some sound similar and the plot is so intricate you can miss a vital piece. I wanted to listen all the time, but had to ration myself as I didn't want it to end! Roll on the third of the trilogy.
Unlike the unabridged version, this short version uses a very British narrator. Whilst not a massive problem normally, the use of crude British dialects (Yorkshire, Mockney) is distracting and annoying. Given that the book is clearly set in Sweden, why not just avoid the use of accents altogether?
The unabridged versions have a narrator with better Swedish accents and pronunciation and the voice has more gravitas.
I'm a long distance runner and have gobbled up the miles recently listening to both of these books. They are beautifully written and narrated, and one is gripped by both the relationships and the storyline in turn. And, they've certainly helped my training - I haven't wanted to stop running 'just one more chapter, then I'll stop'! Hurry up number 3.
It was a must after reading Vol 1, The girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Lived up to expectations and can't wait for vol 3.
I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and was anxious to get the second book of the trilogy, so when I saw it was available I inmediately downloaded, the only dissapointment that it is the abridge version, hope the unabridge it's avalaible soon.
"Maybe the book is fine, the abridged version isn't"
After listening to the first book in the series (The girl with the dragon tattoo) which I enjoyed, I went ahead and listened to this one. Like I said in the title maybe the book itself is just as good as the first one, but the abridged version is very bad. It mostly feels like reading a book for children (in terms of details, and complexity).
I would not recommend this, and I won't buy the last one in the series as it is only currently available abridged.
One last note about the narration, if you listened to the first book, it will take you quite some time to get used to the narrator, it's not that it's bad, it's just very different.
The second in the Millenium series, by late Stieg Larsson. This book maintains the momentum of the first one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). A story with pace, action and surprises, it is well worth a listen. At time it stretches credulity somewhat, but then, what good thriller does not? Somewhat surprising, different narrators are used for the two books. Both are good, but this does break the continuity unnecessarily.
"Excellent Crime Drama"
Intriguing, captivating with a super voice performance. The second entry in the series threw so many twists and turns at the reader, keeping your engaged, vociferously waiting for the next big reveal. Excellency in crime drama personified, with an excellent cast of characters, settings and tones that keeps the reader locked in to the story.
"Not clever, I struggle to keep interested..."
I am half way and not so eager to finish... its just rather boring and full of unnecessary mundane things with a bit of interesting sides of the characters.
I wouldn't really recommend this novel, the performance is dull and the voice is a weird interpretation. Also the performer for some reason reads as if it was set in England and that Lisbeth was from a ghetto. The author is just desperately trying to fill my mind with nonsense and the story (which is rather simple so far) is taken too long to unfold.
"LISBETH SALANDER IS A GREAT MAIN CHARACTER"
THE MOST APPEALING THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE MAIN CHARACTER LISBETH SALANDER AND WHILST I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY OF THE INTRICACIES OF THE STORYLINE AND THE NAMES WERE HARD TO GET USED TO, THE STRENGTH, SMARTS AND HARDNESS OF LISBETH SALANDER WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED
"fast and strong"
i live the characters and the story is flowing and catching.i would like to hear thd unabriged version because it wasa bit too fast for me...
"No es tan interesante como el primer libro"
No es tan interesante como el primer libro, sin embargo la trama es entretenida, Los personajes están muy bien logrados
yes- if they have an unabridged version... maybe I would like to hear more details of this story. Mr. Larsson was a gifted writer
as with all his books.. its just develops so well that it keeps you glued
He has a great voice that blends well to the story.
"ALL TIME BEST"
The fast moving events and excitement of the story line keeps you riveted
Lisbeth Salander because she overcame injustice and had her own strict set of rules
I will listen to it again!
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