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.
I really enjoyed the story and the narration was well done. It was a well written mystery with great characters that I grew to love. I must say it started a bit slow for me and I wasn't sure i was going to like it, but it was worth it to stay with it. It is a rather long book and there were a few times when I thought that it was at its end, but the story kept developing in complexity. Sometimes when this happens it gets more and more unbelievable and absurd, but I did not find that with this book. I was a bit disappointed at the rather abrupt end, because I did like the characters and wanted to know what happened next.
Loved it..and Steig Larson is an excellent narrator. This was my first audible.com purchase and I am hooked! The plot is intriguing and twisted. To me, there was never a "down" moment during the entire book. I recommended to a friend and he also loved it!!
I enjoyed 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'. While Mikhail Bloomquist was a typical hero, his partner, Elizabeth Salendar, was not. She was unusual, brilliant and tough. The story seemed fresh to me, perhaps because it was focused completely on Sweden, a break from American based stories - and referred to various parts of Sweden frequently outside of Stockholm. The story was also well read.
I was disappointed the book did not continue, what's Elizabeth doing now?
If I had picked up the actual book I would have been turned off by the statisticts about violent crimes against women in Europe that started off every chapter. The story was very disturbing and chaulk full of detalied descriptions of the sex crimes commited. The mystery of the missing Harriet was interesting and I only kept listening to see if justice would be served...I was dissapointed.
This was a pretty convoluted story with a disgusting psychopathic family to really set things off. The main characters are only moderately interesting and, in a Scandinavian stereotype, treat sex as casually as a handshake. The dead file missing girl mystery that sets the whole thing off has a completely implausible resolution. (You've got to be kidding that the police wouldn't have looked in the place she spent the first 2 weeks.) The final financial wrap up is timely given current events, but a bit preachy as the main character launches into a lecture about how the stock market isn't the economy; it's only the fat cats. (Apparently, "real" people don't have money in the Swedish stock market.) A so-so book.
I looked forward t my time in the car or on a run to keep up with the story. It has a lot of Sweedish names that get confusing but be patient, you will be able to sort it all out
A mystery that kept this listener enthralled. Characters were believable and not sterotyped. The intrigue and intricate threads did not come unravelled until the end and so held the listener guessing through each chapter. After finishing this book I immediately looked for further novels by the author and was disappointed not to find any more on Audible.
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!