If you love Dickens, Tolstoy, P.D.James, or other authors similarly gifted with crafting plot and character, you will love this book. The worlds of publishing, computer hacking, and corporate finance all collide in the most natural of ways. This book provides enough character and suspense to keep any book lover engaged for its significant length.
Pleasantly surprised by this mystery novel placed in Sweden. Steig Larssen weaves a fascinating tale that moves slowly at first through the character development and then picks up the pace. Story is at its best when Lisbeth is on the scene. Looking forward to the release of the subsequent translations of this author's trilogy as I have been told. . Hope that the reader is the same also!!
This is one of those books that I put the headphones on after my commute and walked around the house like a zombie as I continued to listen to it.
It is true this books starts off a bit slow for an American reader and one has to get used to a little lofty style that actually perfectly reflects the true Swedish writing manner(the translator and the narrator capture the unique Swedish style brilliantly by the way). However very soon it grasps you, keeps you in suspense and never lets you go. The mystery is just incredibly captivating and the ending astonishes you. I also really liked how carefully the author painted the main characters and how believable they are with all their flaws and quirks. Another great thing about this book that it lets you get a glimpse into the Swedish culture, so different from the American one: Swedes are more idealistic, even socialistic, more glum at times, more outwardly reserved, but inwardly and sexually more open and accepting. Fascinating!!!!!
It is a little difficult to follow in the beginning but definitely worth it. After I got into it, I couldn't stop listening. It is a fascinating audiobook and the narrator does a phonemonial job with the different characters. I would definitely recommend.
Novel held my interest. I liked the male lead, but the female computer genius' idiosyncrasies got on my nerves after awhile. And why does every mystery novel set in Europe these days have to have a Holocaust subplot?
I believed the hype, and was disappointed. The author took too long to set up the story; even for those who don't need instant gratification. Good book if you don't mind the wait.
I found it started a bit slow and the ending was a bit ok hollywood but all in all I liked it. It had a bit of a twist here and there that made me go OHHHHH so thats the scoop. I enjoyed it, it was worth the 15 bucks far more than the crappy movies of late, I guess my imagination is better than film.
This book is filled with dynamic characters that keep the story moving along beautifully, and is filled with intriguing plots to keep you on edge. Well written, fabulous storyline, true escapism at its best.
I liked the second half much better. The first half dragged on and I was so tempted to keep fast forwarding, but you needed to know all the characters. The subject matter was pretty boring until they got into the creepy stuff, then it took off. Narration was good, except the voice he did for Erika Berger sounded just like Mr Burns on the Simpsons.