Just like other reviews say, the first part of the book is extremely boring, but just stick with it. The book as a whole is amazing and you'll be so glad you read it. So interesting and surprising. Loved it!
I've been listening to books for many years and this stands out as one of the best! In regards to the reviewers who claim that the book jumps too much, character development and plot twists may truly be too much for some people. Excellent read! Superbly narrated by Simon Vance!
Great to listen to a foreign crime thriller with many twists that takes you in new directions... I thought this book was over and found three hours of audible to go and off we went again.
The narrator is very good and his UK accent added to the international flavor of a great book.
Very enjoyable and interesting read all the way. I can't wait for the other two books to be translated then put into audio. Sorry to hear the author is no longer alive.
I could have been reading this book on a really fast, fun, jerky roller coaster and kept up with whose who just as well.... Just jumped too quickly and so many varied characters - hence the jerking back and forth between characters, places, times, etc.... The book was <i>good<i> but not great and left me wondering about one of the main characters.... her past. It was alluded to often, guarded as if the writer's history and never divulged. I would like to see a book just about her and have this mystery solved - as well as take up the ending of this book which was a disappointment for me. Babysitter??
I really enjoyed listening to this book, it was one of the best written books of the 30 or so novels I've read or listened to in the past year; it's a solid 4 stars.
I love a very descriptive book but there were points in there where I found myself disengaged while an enormous amount of background information was presented. It's a great story with a great plot (and twists!) and wonderful character development, I just wish it were about 2 hours shorter. This is not to say it's boring, but if you like action, action, action, you may not like this one.
If you are into lots of background and plot development, you are in for a very enjoyable listen.
This book had me at "prologue". It starts off right away teasing you with a mystery that has gone on for years. I was surprised to see how the story lines mingled with each other and at many times was wrong in my assumptions in this strange who-done-it book. I was happy to learn that the second book in the series, The Girl who played with Fire, is being recorded and look forward to listening to that one.
I'm not really a mystery lover but a few of these characters were terrific and I enjoyed the reader too. When you want to take a walk or drive just to listen to your book, you've got a winner.
My husband and I breathlessly finished this book and gave it as a Christmas present to several friends. Rave reviews, "better than you hoped for" and in one hysterical moment my friend called me after listening to first file and asked "who is the 80 year old man with the flower pictures" only to learn he listened to part 2 first!! In any event, he loved it, and has now finished part 1, this book works from either direction. I compare it to Shadow of the Wind, the Sirius Crossing, longer books which take care and time developing beloved characters.