Wednesday, May 26, 2010
For social commentary masquerading as thriller, try the second book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. The Girl Who Played With Fire brings back the most kickass feminist vigilante in recent literature. Lisbeth Salander is a punkrock computer hacker with a photographic memory and a harrowing past. She's an intriguing character - intensely vulnerable yet frighteningly capable. The audiobook is read by the actor Simon Vance without whom I would still be stuck on many of the Swedish names. The pronunciation of "Blomqvist" is worth the cost of admission. He masterfully takes on a stunning array of characters and gives them each an individual voice.
Looking over this short list, I gravitate towards non-American accented readings. How about you? Got any recommendations? I'm always up for a good story.