I enjoy a fast paced story, and this one really didn't get going until the second half. I probably wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been the last book I had left on my ipod. Overall it was a good story, although many of the character's names were difficult to remember and some of the phrases I couldn't understand since this book is set in Sweden and some of the story just doesn't translate to English.
This is a complex and sophisticated novel with characters that are not at all simplistic. The plot reaches a bit too far at a couple of points, but like other reviewers, I couldn't stop listening. Readers should be forewarned that the book includes some rather graphic descriptions of sex crimes.
This is the first book in Steig Larsson's posthumously published "Millenium Trilogy". The English translation of the second book, "The Girl Who Played with Fire", was released in January, and I'm sorry to see that it isn't on Audible yet. There is an audio version -- probably abridged -- read by Martin Wenner.
The English translation of the third book "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is expected sometime in the fall. Sadly, these are the only novels that we will have from Larsson.
The book was excellent. I just can't wait for Audible to have the next two sequels "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". This is a trilogy and anyone that uses the Internet knows this. Getting back to the book, it had as many twists as can be imagined w/o making the story too convoluted. Though the story seemed to focus on the male character whenever Lisbeth entered my interest piqued as I knew good action and or a more interesting narrative would begin. One last thing it seems that the narrator for the next novel is NOT Simon Vance. What a shame as his narration was at least half the value of listening. Since the story is so good I will be forced to at least try to listen. Audible just get the next novel PLEASE.
I am boggled by the plethora of superlatives from other reviewers for this interesting-enough but less-than-riveting audio. Having just finished James Patterson's Eclipse, the pace of Dragon Tattoo was comparatively plodding. We never get to know the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she's left undeveloped with the excuse that she doesn't let people get to know her. Main character Mikhail (spelling?) the pleasant, ethical, but- nearly-emotionless (at least given this narration) Swede soldiers on through trial and tribulation to great victory over malice and outright evil, but with so little excitement or even sign of emotion that it's hard to care.
Simon Vance's British accented narration was not unpleasant but given the Swedish setting and all-Swedish cast of characters it sounded a bit out of place to the American ear (at least mine). While Vance's narration might be preferable to a 15 hours of hurdy-gurdy poor imitation Swedish accent, when called upon to switch to a regional Swedish dialect, Vance switches to a Scottish brogue. Had the novel been reset from Sweden to the UK - maybe, but it wasn't, making it completely ridiculous.
As for the story itself - interesting but hardly a thriller. The two major plot-lines are satisfyingly resolved, but the book doesn't finish; It simply stops. Cuts off. Irritatingly and abruptly. A disappointing listen.
Great story with multiple plot lines interweaving. Characterization is superb. I have recommended this book to several friends and they have all agreed that is a "can't put it down" book. I now warn people not too start it unless they have the time to read nonstop...
Having been in the magazine business for 20 years and enjoying some experience with Swedes and Swedish advertising, I thought this was an outstanding novel. It is fair to say that the first 20 minutes drag a bit, but then it introduces you to the mystery and the Girl. I cannot remember reading a book with a more interesting and sympathetic character. Well presented by the reader and thoroughly entertaining.