Recently, someone from Random House contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in some audio books to listen too and review while working on projects. I agreed, however was clueless as to what ones I would be interested in. A few offered, in the genre I usually read, I had already read, so Katherine (from Random House) asked me my likes and dislikes and suggested two audio books that were the first two parts of a posthumously published trilogy. I admit, at first, I wasn't sure I would like the whole concept of audio books. I for one, wouldn't use a Kindle or any type of reader because I like the feel of a book in my hand; the pages, the heft, etc. However, it's impossible, unless you were born with an extra arm and another set of eyes to crochet, knit, spin or weave and read at the same time. I've tried, trust me, doesn't work. I also don't usually watch TV during the day at all and either do my artsy things in silence or with music. I also wasn't sure I would like the stories, translated from Swedish and perhaps a little different than my normal read, although not completely off base.
So, the package arrived and I looked over the books; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and read by Simon Vance.
I reluctantly put the first of several DVD's into the player and started listening as I worked on a project and darn it, I was hooked! The projects went along without any stopping and I could still listen and work a the same time. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was, what I thought would be a long story, but with twists and turns that made you not want to have to stop listening and I flew through it. And of course, as soon as the first audio books was finished, I took a break for a few days and promptly listened to the second one, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Completely different stories, but with the same main characters who somehow became entwined in a thriller/mystery again. All I know is that the the third installment of the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest can't come out fast enough because the second story left me with more questions unanswered and ones that need to be answered.
You can buy the audio books or the audio book downloads from Random House. I want to note that when I was asked to review these, I always say I will give my honest opinion and if it's something I don't like or not worth the time, I am the first to admit that and that's with everything; yarn, dyes, books, etc. Both these were terrific and, as stated before, I anxiously await the third part of the Millenium Series.
Here is an audio clip from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Clip from The Girl Who Played with Fire
Audio Books will never replace my love of holding an actual book and reading, but I now have a new respect for listening to stories while working on projects.
So thank you Katherine for giving me the opportunity to try something new and also for the great suggestions of the books because I never would have thought this series would be something I would enjoy so much and would also allow me to breeze through projects without interruptions.
ETA: Jaye raised a good point-Did I finish my project and what were the books actually about. Without spoilers, here's the answer (also left in comments):
Yes, I did complete my project and I didn't want spoilers here, hence the links. The first book had it all; part mystery, part thriller, international (setting was Sweden) intrigue, little romance (not anything gushy, a very unlikely pair),family saga. The second book started where the first one left off, major character wise and was a mystery/thriller. Completely different story, but same main characters and how they were drawn together again by a murder mystery. The third one, I hope, will be the same as the second and answer my "what happened next question" and be another completely different story.